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CENTENNIAL - August 3, 2006

Doris Weaver was not just “Queen for a Day,” but queen for a week!

Centennial Queen was a week-long experience where she was hostess to politicians and other well-known persons, featured in several parades, participated in the pageant, and made appearances with her court. There were also teas, street dances and queen’s ball.

She remembers one tea in particular, held in the Victorian home of Nanny Smith on Main St., Grantsville. The home has been moved to the back of the NAPA parking lot and is still in use as a private residence.

Weaver was a farm girl from Pine Creek. Her father was Frank Weaver, a teacher and former superintendent of schools, who died when Doris was eight months old. He met her mother, Mabel Rothwell, also a teacher, during his supervisory visits to the schools. After his death, she married George McEndree, who died in 1943. After his death, the family left the farm and moved to Mt. Zion where Mabel was postmistress. She died at the age of 74.

Doris and her brothers attended the two-room Pine Creek and one-room Mt. Zion elementary schools and graduated from Calhoun County High School. Three of her brothers, Ernest, Lauren and Delbert Weaver, are deceased. One brother, Don, is a former CCHS coach and now lives in Virginia Beach.

Her first job was with the Calhoun Chronicle. Olin and Mary Ann Barrows were owners at that time. Doris said, “I’m sure much has changed over the years and your experiences now are hardly like those of that time period, but the deadlines must still be stressful. I love the paper and look forward to it each week.”

She also worked for Traders Trust Bank in Spencer and Calhoun County Bank. She married Ronald Griffith of Boone County in 1961 and left West Virginia in 1978. After a brief period in Ohio, they relocated to South Carolina where they now live.

Their son Mark, his wife Pam and their daughter Hannah live in Charlotte where he is a Presbyterian minister. Hannah is the pride and joy of their lives.

Our queen, Doris, still loves the quiet and solitude of the hills of West Virginia. They return for visits with many relatives when possible.

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