GLENDALE SPRINGS-More than 100 High Country friends and family gathered together at Blue Ridge Dinner Theater last weekend to celebrate good times and share memories of their beloved former school.
Alumni of Virginia Carolina High School, which once straddled the state line of North Carolina and Virginia in the Grassy Creek Community, held its annual reunion Aug. 27. The school, with some 250 students, was administered by both states.
It burned to the ground in 1968.
F.A. Stump graduated from the school in 1951 and took on the task of organizing its annual reunion in 2001. He said the first year the reunion hosted some 75 former students and their spouses and nearly doubled in size the following year.
“It’s always been a lot of fun for us,” Stump said. “I think everyone should periodically reconnect.”
While some classmates have passed on or no longer have the ability to attend, Stump said the event remains a highlight for many former students. This year’s event drew 130 attendees including 94-year old Cleta Paisley who Stump said has never missed a get-together.
He said the reunion also marked the deaths of 12 former students over the past year including:
Charles Lacy DeBoard, Glenna Lucille Brown Johnson, Carrington Eller Sullivan, H.P. Adams, Walter Hash, Dorothy Dixon Osborne, William (Bill) Anderson, Glenna Osborne Rutherford, Dixie Williams Hart, Reeves B. Osborne Jr., Janet Plummer Combs and Reva Vannoy Caudill.
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