2013 Ceres Homecoming
Veterans Honored at Ceres Homecoming
The Ceres Alumni Association sponsored its thirteenth annual Ceres
Homecoming on October 19, 2013.
The weather was perfect and the turning leaves added to the beauty of the
valley. The event was well
attended with the oldest being 92 and at least two 90 year olds there.
Other ages ranged down to under 10.
After the opportunity to visit the Museum and school building (thanks
to the Ruritan Club) guests gathered in the gym, beautifully decorated in
patriotic colors and with a large display of military pictures.
The theme was Remembering our
Veterans. The twenty-seven
veterans in attendance were each presented a flag lapel pin as they were
thanked for their service to our country by CAA president, G.H. Peery, III.
Wade Hall, Gary Carroll and Steve Brown talked about veteran’s
services in the County provided by the American Legion and Auxiliary #20,
the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary # 7969, and the Veterans
Honored Vets, (left to right) Jack Smith, Robert Hall, Andrew Hubble, Billy
Dillman, Warren Thompson, Gary Carroll, Randy Jackson, J. C. Dillow, Curtis
Sexton, William Hubble, David Peery, James O'Quinn, Wiley Cox, John Scott,
J. W. Cassell, Archie Atwell, William Crabtree, Ellis Shupe, Wade Hall,
Elmer Beardshall, Sidney Harvey, Robert Waddle, James Allen, Steven Brown,
Ray Davis, Wayne Umbarger, and Vivian Cooper.
Ellis and Eleanor Shupe provided several music renditions for the enjoyment
of the 157 participants present.
Ellis still has the same nice voice that we remember from high school.
the blessing by Rev. C. Ray Davis, a delicious and bountiful meal, catered
by the Ladies of Berea Christian Church, was served.
Diane Tibbs thanked to the association members for the love extended
to her husband the late Nelson Tibbs during his membership years.
Nelson is greatly missed by everyone.
Archie Atwell led the
annual “Rose of Remembrance” segment of the program.
Thirty-seven (37) members, family and local citizens whose deaths
were reported to the Association since the last Homecoming were remembered
with a long stem rose presented to family members who were present.
Those remembered were:
Greta Houck; Paula Duncan; W. C. Thomas, Jr.; Bobby
Carver; Ruth Wright (Mrs. Harry) Foglesong; Eleanor Hall Martin Wildgoose;
Nerissa Tyeryar; Virginia Ruth Cregar Harris; Ethel Creggar Hubble;
Lena Irene Cassell; Anne Tilson Cassell, former Ceres teacher & principal;
Rebecca “Becky” Harner Hall; Nancy Umbarger Allen; Wanda Fields Miller;
Carolyn Scott Mustard; Ivy Lambert; Linda E. Davis, super seller of CAA
raffle tickets; Henry Howard Newberry;
Alvis Duane Atwell; Maggie J. Atkins; Elmer Myers; Linda Hubble Shupe; Anna
Tate; Carolyn Dale Repass; Harvey L. Gates; David L. Goins; Warren Nelson
Tibbs, CAA Board Member and super food service director at all the fund
raisers; Nicholas Tibbs, brother of Nelson who died two weeks later; Mayme
Harmon Umbarger; Avis Lambert Hensen; Gladys Tibbs Umbarger; Patricia Kirk,
daughter of Jean Cassell Kirk; Owen Umberger; Eskoline (Betty) Davis, sister
of Joyce Keen; Dorothy Hubble Groseclose; Barkley C. (B.C.) Umberger; and
Tammy Lee Atkins. Rick Hanshew
and Lee Tate who died within the last few days will be remembered next year.
Dean DeRosa provided an interesting introduction of his new on-line
image based program to feature pictures of ancestors from the Ceres area. He
also had equipment to demonstrate the new program.
This is something the community can all look forward to.
The Bland Historical Society who is spotlighting the local
Sharon School and College this year provided interesting
exhibits which include an actual small teacher’s desk that was used in Sharon
During the business
meeting, minutes of the last Board meeting, Treasurer’s report, Museum
report and current membership list, as presented in the program, were
approved. The following Association
officers were elected for 2013:
President – G. H. Peery, III, Vice President – Betty C. Hubble, Recording
Secretary and Reporter – Michelle H. Groseclose, Membership Secretary –
Lorraine S. Waddle, Historian – Kathy M. Hubble, Treasurer – Robert I.
“Buddie” Waddle. Wade Hall will
hold the position of Past President.
The Association’s Board of
Directors for the period through 2014 will be J. W. Cassell, Evelyn H.
Groseclose and Elizabeth N. Kimberlin.
Serving through 2015 will be Jonan C. Cassell, Sue T. Repass and
Janet White. Elected to serve
three-year terms through 2016 were Frank Gray, William H. Hubble and Rebecca
Association Endowment Fund Directors will be Dean D. Kirk, Robin U. Repass
and Jerry Thompson through 2014. Serving
through 2015 will be Edd Houck, Joyce Keen and Glen Repass.
Elected to serve three-year terms through 2016 were Judy Cassell,
William H. Crabtree, and DeWayne Hubble.
Automatic past president board members are Archie Atwell, Anne H.
Britton, Donna H. Compton, Frances C. Davis, Wade F. Hall, Betty C. Hubble,
and Doris C. Woodward.
much anticipated event of the day was the drawing of the winning tickets in
the annual raffle. 45 raffle
prizes were awarded to: Michelle Atwell, Jeff Haynes, Vanessa Boyer, Simone
Hubble Manis, Molly Thompson, Jeannette Dillon, Larry Waddell, Mike
Whitehead, Laura Peery, Priscilla Hubble, Maxine Childers, Linden Thompson,
Carrol Crabtree, Edd Houck, Dan Foglesong, Felicia Hayton, Alma Hubble,
Sarah Paulette, Eva Lois Winsette, Bobby Price, Tommy Dunn, Marlene Barger,
Debbie Looney, Mike Dye, Bob Rose, June Sands, George Lambert, C. Roland
Young, Eunice Cooper, Sandra Brooks, Dora
Ann Ferina, Billy Dillman, Cheryl Thomas, Vivian Cooper, and Jim Greer.
The six largest prizes of the day
were a $100 gift certificate donated by C.A.A and won by James Cassell, a
$200 gift certificate donated by C.A.A and won by Wiley Cox, an I-Pad
donated by C.A.A. and several members and won by Carl Russell; a handmade
quilt donated by “Just for Fun” Quilters was won by Eric Workman; a framed
P. Buckley Moss print donated by the Moss Foundation and framed by Ron
Stallard was won by Norma Repass; and a Remington rifle w/scope donated by
the Association was won by Cheryl Owens. Della
Mae Neel of Ceres sold the most raffle tickets; and Don Cooper of
was second. Prizes were given to
both. Over 100 door prizes were
given to those attending the Homecoming.
was expressed to all the donors of the raffle gifts and door prizes,
especially those who gave more than one gift. The following businesses and
individuals donated prizes:
Ceres Alumni Association, P. Buckley Moss
Foundation and custom framing by Ron Stallard, “Just for Fun” Quilters,
Jimbo Muncy, Dean Kirk of Builders Supermarket, Judy Hubble Hannah, Bill and
Betty Hubble, Glen Repass, Grayson National Bank, Wytheville Office Supply,
Elaine Kegley, Evelyn Groseclose, Kirby and Joyce Keen, Bill and Betty
Crabtree, Buddie and Lorree Waddle,
Wade Hall, Crabtree Family Sewing, J. W. and Judy Cassell, Jonan Repass,
Archie and Darleyne Atwell, G. H. and Rebecca Peery, Dunn’s Bland Square
Restaurant, Della Mae Neel, Jack King – State Farm Insurance, Wright
Automotive, Old Post Mercantile, New Peoples Bank of Bland, Sue Repass,
Harner’s Market, Regina Davis Lowman, Randy Townley – Bland Auto, the
Gilbert Raymond Repass family in his memory, BB&T of Bland, Ann Peery, Sloan
Cain, Elmer and Ann Beardshall, A+ Rental, Nancy Harner, Michelle
Groseclose, Looney’s Auto, Rachelle Nelson, Smokey’s BBQ of Wytheville,
Janet White, Big Walker Lookout, Archie and Darleyne Atwell, Frankie Davis,
Wolfe Creek Indian Village, First Bank of Virginia, Bland Family Dentistry,
Bland Farm Bureau, NAPA of Bland, Wiley Cox, Lanny Lindamood, Janet and Gary
White, New York Life, Ceres Ministry Center and Bastian Clinic.
were extended to all who helped make this day such a success; to the Ceres
Ruritan Club for allowing the guests to tour the former school building and
for its upkeep; and to all who brought “Toys for Tots.”
Toys for Tots may still be donated
until December 1, 2013 at Harner’s Market.
The next Ceres Homecoming will
be on the third Saturday in October, 2014.