Photos posted to social media show backpacks lining the aisles at her funeral by friends honoring her wishes.
Tammy Waddell died at age 58 and was a teacher in Forsyth County, Ga., according to the BBC. Her cousin, Brad Johnson, described her as a "teacher to the end" in a now-viral Twitter post.
Another image he posted shows Waddell’s honorary pallbearers standing outside a home lined up with backpacks.
“A Teachers final lesson is eternal,” Johnson said on Twitter. “My thought for the day... "Great Teachers Leave a Legacy."