SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A metro Atlanta community is remembering a beloved school administrator who died suddenly.
Jennifer Favors, 38, went into distress while at work at Tri-Cities High School Tuesday afternoon. She was rushed to the hospital, where she died.
Channel 2′s Tom Jones is in South Fulton County, where her brother said she died doing what she loved. Herbert Martin II said she poured her heart into her students and that they adored her. He said her students are devastated.
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“I had her phone last night, and some kids called and I answered, and they really couldn’t get but a few words out.”
Martin said Favors, who was a ninth grade administrator, went to school Tuesday even though she wasn’t feeling well. Martin said Favors was dedicated to the job and worked hard even through the pandemic.
“She was like, ‘Man I’m working with half a staff. Half of them are out sick. A couple are pregnant. You know, this COVID is crazy’,” Martin said. “Even though she was feeling bad earlier that day she still had to come in and she still wanted to do her job,” Martin said.
The principal told Martin that Favors had complained about being short of breath and light-headed. She had also complained of pain in her legs. Her symptoms got so bad paramedics were called to the school. She was rushed to the hospital where doctors worked on her for 45 minutes but couldn’t revive her.
Martin said he called her the day before she died to tell her what a great job she was doing.
“She said, ‘Thank you. I’m glad you said that. I needed to hear that,’” Martin said.
Favors was single. Friends said she was married to her job and her students. Martin said he’s been uplifted by the calls he’s gotten from students as he mourns the loss of his sister.
“It’s a shame that God saw fit for her to actually need to come home,” Martin said.
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