Napier, Irene Ponder, 1917-
Napier was born on December 21, 1917 at Mount Olive in Covington, Mississippi. After having studied two years at Jones County Junior College, she began her teaching career in 1942 at Sand Hill School in Beaumont, Mississippi. In 1951, Napier graduated from Mississippi Southern Teachers' College with a BS degree in education as well as doing graduate work. She received a good deal of her college education through night, summer and extension courses from Southern, as well as George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the University of Florida in Pensacola, Florida, and East Texas State Teacher's College in Commerce Texas. Napier taught for thirty-one years in Mississippi elementary and secondary public schools.