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Students, faculty mourn death of popular English teacher

(WMC-TV) - Students returned to Munford High School to face grief counselors after learning a beloved teacher died over the long weekend.

As students passed from class to class at the school Monday, many say they are already missing one of their favorite parts of the day.

Popular English teacher Peggy Green was found dead on a sidewalk at Munford Elementary School, where she was known to feed stray cats.

"If you had a bad day, she's gonna make it better no matter what. I think that's what everybody's gonna miss the most," said MHS junior Payton Hendershott.  "She loved taking care of all the stray cats at our school. She was passionate about taking care of these animals so she died doing something she loved."

"Every morning, I'd see her and the first thing she'd say was good morning or how's your day going. She just brightened up your day," agreed MHS senior Zach Bennard.

Munford police found her body around noon on Sunday.

They believe she died of natural causes.

Senior Zach Bennard says he will remember Peggy Green because of her passion for teaching.

"It wasn't just about English. It was that she cared and she wanted us to have a bright future. She would teach us constantly," explained Bennard.

Green was a teacher at Munford High for more than 30 years.

Many of her colleagues remember her not only for her teaching but also for her singing career.

In fact, she had a couple of walk on roles in movies like "Walking Tall".

"She was one of those who had an impact on you and made you think, 'I might want to be a teacher like her,' and have an impact on students like she did me," adds MHS English teacher Jennifer Tyler.

Garner Funeral Home in Ripley, TN is handling funeral arrangements for Peggy Green, which are still incomplete.

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