The District Education Officer (DEO) of Tappita District, Mr. Thomas Karngbeae has died. He took over as DEO in the Nimba County, District #1 last December.
Mr. Karngbeae remained ill until what some consider his untimely death, less than a year following his appointment as DEO.
He died April 17, in the “sick bush,” according to family sources.
He had served as DEO with Zoe Geh Education District from 2006 until December 2013, when he took over Tappita Education District #1, from Mohamed Dekpa.
According to family sources, shortly after taking over Tappita, he suddenly took sick. He was taken to nearly all of the hospitals in the country, but no diagnosis was forthcoming. At last, he was taken into the “sick bush,” in search of herbal treatment. There he, according to family members, passed.
“We really don’t know what actually killed my brother; we tried everywhere to get him cured, but to no avail,” wept his brother, Augustus Karngbeae.
The late Mr. Thomas Z. Karngbeae was born on June 17, 1952 in the Township of Kpatuo in Nimba County.
He completed his primary education at the Zuolay Elementary school in 1970, and completed secondary education at Tappeh Memorial High in Tappita City, 1976.
He obtained his B.Sc. Degree at the Teacher’s College of the University of Liberia, 1989.
Because of the civil uprising,The late Karngbeae did not begin teaching until 1997, when he became principal of the Sanniquellie Central High School up until 2006 when he was promoted as DEO in head Zoe Geh Education District 1.
He served in the position until he was transferred to Tappita in December 2013 where he remain until his death in April 17, 2014.
The late Mr. Thomas Z. Karngbeae is survived by his Mrs. Wonseh M. Karngbeae, 13 children and 15 grandchildren.
His body will be removed from the Gampa Funeral Home in Ganta City on Friday 2nd May 2014 and taken to his home town of Kpatuo for a night of wake keeping follow by interment on Saturday 3rd May 2014 at their family cemetery in Kpatuo.