Updated on Wednesday:
Friday, May 7, was a special day in Grantsville.
Several members of the CCHS football teams of 1954 and
1955 gathered for lunch and an afternoon of sharing memories at Koffee
It was an impromptu affair to celebrate the return to
health of two of its members, Jim Riddel
of Vienna, Va., and Gerald Ball of Davisville, after long battles
with cancer. Jim Knotts, Class of ’59, is recovering from heart surgery.
Riddel, Class of ’54, came to see his friends after a
long, painful siege of throat cancer. He had much to say about his
memories of school, teachers, classmates, townspeople and his career as
a policeman in Virginia.
He was also a strong witness for belief in God and how
this had helped him to survive the bad times. His hoarseness was the
only symptom of the ordeal, but he talked non stop.
Gerald Ball is a survivor of prostrate cancer. He was
more reserved, but just as outspoken about the part that God played in
Cecil “Boozie” Wolverton of Leachtown is another one of
the group who has had serious health troubles, including eye problems,
but this does not stop his strong support of Calhoun sports, raising
funds for equipment, uniforms, etc.
Current football coach Doyle Hupp extended his thanks to
those present for their continued attendance at games through the years.
It is this kind of backing that is good for the teams, coaches and
community. Their enthusiasm for the Red Devils is always there, win or
All agreed that they would be present for this year’s
Home-coming game, if health problems did not interfere.
Others enjoying the opportunity to celebrate life with
dear friends were Loyd “Sonny” Wright, Fleming, Ohio; William “Sonny”
Woody, Parkersburg; Julie and Bob Bailess, Bristol, Va.; Jim and Mary
Bailess Knotts, Mineral Wells; Linda Bailess Blankenship, Grantsville;
Nancy Bailess Taylor, Grantsville; and Clyde Miles.
Left to right,
seated, Nancy Bailess Taylor, Mary Bailess Knotts; standing, Jim Knotts,
Linda Bailess Blankenship, Bob Bailess, and Julie Bailess.
Left to right, Cecil Wolverton, Junior
Smith, Bob Bailess, Sonny Wright, Doyle Hupp, Gerald Ball, Clyde Miles,
Sonny Woody, and Jim Riddel.
This Week's Editorial:By Helen Morris:
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