Memphis City Schools superintendent's wife passes away

Lisa Cash
Lisa Cash

(WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash's wife has died. Lisa Cash, 56, died early Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer.

Cash, who was married to the MCS principal for more than 30 years, was known as author, an artist and a former teacher.

Despite professional differences with superintendent Kriner Cash, Memphis City Schools board member Kenneth Whalum became personal friends with the couple.

Tuesday, he said Lisa handled marriage to a public figure with grace.

"As people attack your spouse, they are attacking you," he said.

In fact, when recently asked if he wanted to lead the new unified school district, Kriner Cash deferred.

"I'll have to check with my wife," he joked.

School board president Martavius Jones said Kriner Cash will take an indefinite leave of absence from his responsibilities with the district. In his place, deputy superintendent Dr. Irving Hamer will take over day-to-day operations of the school district.

Whalum says Cash has plenty to mourn.

"Although she suffered an enormous amount, you'd never knew because of the way she carried herself," he said. "Because of her intelletual depth, her spiritual depth, and the way she prepared herself."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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