Rita Micou Lett

Published 4:35 pm Friday, February 11, 2022

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Community Leader Leaves Legacy of Service and Love for All Mankind

Mrs. Rita Micou Lett transitioned to her heavenly home, Thursday, February 9, 2022.

Ever with a smile and a kind word, she spread joy wherever she went.

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She was known throughout Selma for her work as a social worker with the Alabama State Department of Human Resources, as an Executive Administrator in the Chestnut, Sanders and Sanders law firm and at Wallace Community College-Selma. Her work ethic was exemplary, encouraging the work world.

Mrs. Rita Micou Lett’s  religious life was most evident at the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church-Selma where she served as Deaconess Chairwoman and choir soloist.  She was also one of the inaugural directors of the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL Legacy Foundation. Moreover, Mrs. Rita cherished being First Lady of the Aimwell Missionary Baptist Church-Hazen-Orrville for the last 29 years of the on-going pastorate of her husband, Rev. Charles L. Lett, M.D.

Mrs. Rita Micou Lett was especially known for her community work with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc-Zeta Eta Omega Chapter.  She held leadership positions at the local, regional and international levels. She served as Chapter President of Zeta Eta Omega Chapter (1995-1996,2005-2008), Parliamentarian, Cluster III-B Coordinator, Alabama Cluster Coordinator, First Chairperson of the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast and Heritage Committee Member. Her honors and contributions included  Soror of the Year,  Organizer of the first Selma Pan-Hellenic  “Get Out the Vote” Campaign, Co-chaired three Historical Black College/University Tours, Organizer of the Junior African Knights Mentor Group for young boys in the 5-8 grades, Re-organizer of the Jewels mentor Group for youth in grades 2-4 and President that collected first payment on pledge toward what became the  Ivy and Pearl Service Center Complex.

Rita made a difference in the greater community as President of the Selma-Dallas County Emancipation Proclamation Committee, Board Chairman of the Claude C. Brown Y.M.C.A., Board Member of the Joint Brown-Grist Y.M.C.A., Original Board Member of the Alabama Medical Education Consortium which is the genesis arm of the largest medical school in the State of Alabama, located in Dothan.

Her celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, February 14, 2022 at Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1431 Broad Street, Selma, AL, Dr. Otis Dion Culliver, Presiding with Rev. Colin Lett and Rev. Charles L. Lett, M.D. Officiating.  Interment will follow at Pineview Memory Gardens with arrangements entrusted to Randall Miller Funeral Service and Crematory, Inc. The family welcomes donations to Historic Tabernacle…Legacy Foundation, P O Box. 2344 Selma, AL 36702 as an expression of sympathy instead of flowers.

She leaves to cherish her life with fond memories: Her husband, Rev. Charles L. Lett, M.D. Selma, AL; Four sons: Charles Jr. Lett-Selma, AL,  Ryan (Trana) Lett-Huntsville, AL,  Sean (Neilya) Lett-Autaugaville, AL,  Rev. Colin Lett-Selma, AL; One stepdaughter: Kametris Wyatt-Memphis, TN, Seven grandchildren, Five Siblings: Synorvia Scott (Detroit, MI), Lana Hendrix (Detroit, MI), Mae Micou (Detroit, MI),  Terri Micou Smith (Jackson, MS), William “Jack” Micou (Jackson, MS), One Sister-In Love: Dr. Verdell Lett Dawson, two brothers-in-love: Dr. W. James (Patsy)Lett-San Antonio, TX., Dr. Samuel C. (Connie) Lett-Selma, AL,  and nieces, nephews, cousins  and many friends.