Dedicated to maintaining the pride and spirit of Ceres


Year 2010                                     January                                Edition No. 1




This issue of the newsletter is being sponsored by Judy Hall Buck and is dedicated to the memory of her late brother, Dennis Stevenson Hall, (3/16/1939 – 10/28/2008).  Dennis was a member of the Ceres Alumni Association and attended the annual Homecomings.  Dennis is missed by his friends and family.


If you or your company would like to sponsor a future newsletter, please contact any officer or mail your check for $165 to P.O. Box 32, Ceres, VA 24318.  This covers the cost of postage.



Hello everyone,


I hope you are all enjoying this cold, snowy and icy weather that we are having down here in Ceres. If you are in a warmer location, please send us some pictures maybe they will help warm us up.


We had a great 2009 and are looking forward to a wonderful 2010. Thanks so much for your help and support in 2009.  I hope everyone has renewed their memberships for 2010 and are ready to help and enjoy the planned activities in 2010. As cost for electricity and fuel have increased, we need your help in our fund raising activities more then ever.


I want to thank our County executives: Mr. Henry Blessing, our County Supervisor; Mr.  Willie Howlett, the new County Administrator; and Ms. Audra Repass,  County Project Manager for their help and support in making our Ceres complex a real community asset. It is important to keep the entire community/county in mind as we expand and use our park, gym, cannery and school complex.  Our County executives have attended our meetings and are working to help us accomplish our goals and providing support for our organization.


The Bland youth basketball league is using the gym an average of 4 nights/days a week for practice. They are looking forward to playing games on our new gym floor when it is completed.


The floor project is still dragging along waiting for VDOT approval to proceed with the construction bid process.  We hope that will happen soon and construction can begin this spring. Keep your fingers crossed.


I am so pleased to see our facility being used by so many of our members and the community. If you want to have an activity in the gym, give us a call and get the dates you need reserved.


We have added a new machine in the exercise room and I encourage you all to come out and exercise.  It only cost $5 a month and you can’t beat the results.


I look forward to seeing you at our annual Spaghetti Dinner on the 12th of February.  All donations go to support the Relay for Life.  Please come out enjoy the fellowship, wonderful meal, and support a great organization.


I hope you all have a healthy and prosperous 2010.




Wade Hall,  President



The ninth annual Ceres Homecoming on October 17, 2009 was well attended and enjoyed by all.  The day started with registration and a chance for guests to tour the buildings on the former Ceres school campus and visit with old friends.  Each attendee was given a 2010 date book and picture frame/Ceres Wildcat magnet. Betty Hubble, Vice President, welcomed everyone and thanked all who had worked so hard to make the event a success.  At 1:00 PM a delicious and bountiful meal, catered by Loretta Worrell, was served to approximately 182 guests.   Several others came by after lunch to visit with old friends.


The theme this year was the 50th year anniversary celebration of the 1959 boy’s basketball team who participated in the State tournament.  The decorations by Becky Kimberlin, Lorree and Buddie Waddle and Joyce Keen, carried out the sports theme.  Mother Nature decorated the mountains and valley with beautiful fall colors to make the scene perfect.



Following lunch, W. Nelson Tibbs led the “Rose of Remembrance” segment of the program.  Twenty-eight 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:  Dennis S. Hall, Bonnie Crabtree Boothe, Filmore Cassell, Lillian Foglesong Mitchell, Gilda Harner Countiss, Marie Bridges Cox, Nora Mae Hubble Wygal, Bruce McCall, Ruby Crabtree Atwell, Ruth Perkey Melvin, Bryan C. Simms, Justin Dunn, Edith Cox (Mrs. Herman) Neel, Rosa Lee (Mrs. Henry) Shewey, Allen Neel, Helen Ferris, James Ferris, Yolanda Kaye Cox McGuire, Attie Ruth Cregger Atwell, Wallace H. Myers, Christopher Hounshell, J.V. Shockley, W. Jennings Umberger, Elsie Foglesong Barr, Terry Ray Umbarger, Robert N. Winesett, Sr., Lois Oliver Crabtree, and Garnett H. Hubble.



During the business meeting, minutes of the last Board meeting, Treasurer’s report, Museum and Grant reports, and current membership were presented and approved.  The following Association officers were elected for 2010:  President – Wade F. Hall, Vice President – Betty C. Hubble, Recording Secretary and Reporter – Rebecca M. Peery, Membership Secretary – Lorraine S. Waddle, Historian – Becky N. Kimberlin, Treasurer – Robert I. “Buddie” Waddle.  Archie Atwell will hold the position of Past President.  The Association’s Board of Directors for the period through 2010 will be Anne H. Britton, William M. Creggar and William H. Hubble and through 2011 will be J. W. Cassell, Frances C. Davis and Evelyn H. Groseclose.  Jonan C. Repass, Sue T. Repass and W. Nelson Tibbs were elected to serve three-year terms through 2012.  The Association Endowment Fund Directors will be Judy Cassell, William H. Crabtree and DeWayne Hubble for a term through 2010, Dean D. Kirk, Robin U. Repass and Jerry Thompson for a term through 2011, and Joyce Keen, G. H. Peery, III, and James Wilson were elected for a 3-year term through 2012.



The highlight of the day was the program presented by Dr. Sidney B. Harvey honoring the 1959 Basketball team of which Dr. Harvey was the coach and William M. “Billy” Creggar was the assistant coach.  Those team members present were, Richard Cregger, Ronnie Houck, Donald Kay Kitts, Richard Lambert, John B. Scott, Ralph Scott, Jr., Richard Tibbs, Ray Umbarger, Larry Waddell, and Ronnie Burge, Team Manager.  Each team member was presented two framed mementos by Dr. Harvey and those present heard a funny or inspiring story about each player.  The two deceased players, Gilmer Cox and Harry Neel, were honored by having a black cloth covered chair with their pictures and bouquet of flowers representing their spot on the team.  It was announced that Ronnie Houck had purchased a set of table and chairs in memory of each of his deceased team mates.  Dorothy Umbarger Houck presented a response from the school and Larry Waddell gave a response from the team during which he presented a gift basket to Mrs. Shirley Harvey, the wife behind the coach, and plaques to Billy Creggar and Dr. Harvey from the team members. 







Senator Edd Houck presented to Dr. Harvey a Resolution of Appreciation passed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Senate and expressed appreciation for the lifetime of work Dr. Harvey has done for area school children and continues to do for disabled and disadvantaged youth. 







A much anticipated event of the day was the drawing of the winning tickets in the annual raffle.  38 raffle prizes were awarded to: Terry Hubble, Larry Cox, Chris Catron, Gladys U. Deaton, James B. Muncy, Jr., Pam Hill, Helen Kidd, Jody Neel, Traci Roberts, Marlene Barger, Johnny Miller, Becky Thompson, David K. Scott, Brenda Finch, Dwight Mathena,  Marie Cassell, Larry Fling, Steven Dance, Patty Foreman, Steve O’dell, Kelly Cassell, Brenda K. Thompson, Tiffany Kinder, Wiley Cox, Dillon Groseclose, Arch Thompson, Sarah Davis, Max Harner, Ethel Cox, Dalton Groseclose, Robert O. Munsey, Bertha Hubble, Mae Hanshew, and Bob Culler. The five largest prizes of the day were a huge gift basket donated by Buddie and Lorree Waddle and won by Ellis Shupe, a handmade quilt donated by “Just for Fun” Quilters and won by Frankie Davis, a seven-day vacation in Gatlinburg, TN won by Alexander Puckett, a framed P. Buckley Moss print donated by the Moss Foundation and framed by Farmer’s Daughter Framing won by Betty N. Davis, and a 270 Mossberg rifle donated by the Association and won by Sandra Turski.  Della Mae Neel of Ceres sold $618 worth of raffle tickets. Linda Davis of Bland sold $514 worth of tickets.  Prizes were given to both.   Wade Hall received a $25 donation from J. C. Kidd for the individual purchasing the most tickets.    Eighty-seven door prizes were given to those attending the Homecoming including 20 $2 bills donated by Wiley Cox.  $5,011 in raffle tickets were sold.



Appreciation 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 Farmers Daughter, “Just for Fun” Quilters, Brenda Kidd Thompson, Dean Kirk of Builders Supermarket, Muncy Associated Management Service, Inc., Shirley Bunce, Archie and Darleyne Atwell, Glenn and Robin Repass, Gary and Janet R. White, Elaine Kegley, J. C. Kidd, Bland Dollar General Store, Crabtree and Pruett Sewing, William and Betty Hubble, J. W. and Judy Cassell, Buddie and Lorree Waddle, Jonan C. Repass, Della Mae Neel, Jack King – State Farm Insurance, Wade and Becky Hall, New Peoples Bank of Bland, Sue Repass, First1Bank of Wytheville, Bland BB&T, Laura Peery-Mary Kay Consultant, Jonan Repass, Claude and Frankie Davis, Evelyn H. Groseclose, Harner’s Market, Affordable Tractors., Bland Square Restaurant, B & R Auto Repair, Randy Townley – Bland Auto, Ann’s Beauty Shop of Bland, Wiley Cox, and Building and Design of VA Paint Store,   Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing a special matching grant of $1.020.00 for the Homecoming event.  Thanks everyone!


Again in 2009, new toys and stuffed animals were collected as part of the Toys for Tots campaign.  The 17 toys will be used by the Department of Social Services in the Christmas packages for needy children. The 19 stuffed animals will be used by Virginia State Police to comfort children in crisis situations.  Both organizations expressed deep appreciation.  State Police officers emphasized the value of having a stuffed animal or blanket to help comfort a child at accident scenes.  Thank you for making this possible again this year. 



Special thanks go to all who attended this year’s Homecoming celebration, who purchased and sold raffle tickets and to all who helped make this event possible. 



The following deaths were reported since the last newsletter was published:

Robert Nathan Winesett, Sr.

Lois Oliver Crabtree

Robert L. Hanshew

Garnett Hubble

The Rev. George Ziegenfuss

Macie Atkins Hubble

H. Michael Pruett

Louise Fortner Williams Young

Donald E. Hanshew

Bobby Moseley, (husband of Margaret Hanshew Moseley)

Yvonne Dean Tibbs Morris, (widow of Wade Tibbs)

Geneva Hancock Stowers

Charles W. Anderson

Grey Cooper Coleman

Mildred Peery McCall

V. Leon Lambert



In memory of Elsie Foglesong Barr

By Kathleen D. Hall


In memory of Lois O. Crabtree

By William and Betty Hubble


In memory of Terry Ray Umbarger

By C. Wayne and Faye Sutherland


In memory of Ronnie Hubble

By C. Wayne and Faye Sutherland


In memory of Garnett and Macie Hubble

By C. Wayne and Faye Sutherland



As Wade Hall mentioned in the President’s message, we are still waiting for word from VDOT so the bid process can begin. 



If you or your family plans to use the gym for your family reunion this summer, make your requests as early as possible so you can get your first choice of dates.  Call 276 682-4380 or 276 682-4255 to schedule your dates. 



Membership runs from January 1 to December 31, so if you haven’t paid your membership dues for 2010, please consider doing that today.  Dues are $25.00 for one year, and $100.00 for five years.  Thanks for your support by being members.  Without you, we would not be as successful as we have been.




Those who braved the early morning hours to travel to Applebee’s Restaurant in Wytheville on October 31, 2009, were rewarded with a delicious breakfast, wonderful service by CAA members and good fellowship.  The Association made $410 for their effort.  Thanks to all who helped.



The last fund raiser of the year was the cooking of Boston Butt Pork Roasts to fill orders placed for Christmas.  Special thanks to those who worked many hours to get the orders filled before our deepest (so far) snow of the winter arrived.  We raised $267.00.



Monthly Board Meetings

3rd Thursday – 7:00 PM

Everyone is welcome to attend.



Spaghetti Dinner

(For benefit of Relay for Life)

Peery Center Gym

February 12, 2010

Start serving at 5:00 PM

Price:  By Donation



Flea Market and Bake Sale

In and around Peery Center Gym

May 1, 2010 – starting 8:00 AM

Indoor vendor booths (10 x 10’) - $10 Outdoor vendor spaces - $5

(No food booths except Alumni Assoc.)

Call 276 682-4587 to reserve space.

Sale items may be set up on Friday evening (5:00 to 9:00 PM).

The Association will be selling food, donated bake goods & donated yard sale items.  All donations welcome! 

Donations may be made any time prior to sale….call any Board member.


Chicken Roast

Peery Center Gym

May 22, 2010 – start serving at 5:00 PM

For utilities and building upkeep.

Price:  By Donation


July Pig Roast

Peery Center Gym

July 3, 2010 – start serving 5:00 PM

For utilities and building upkeep.

Price:  By Donation


Picnic and Quarterly Meeting

Peery Center Gym

July 17, 2010 – 1:00 PM

Everyone Welcome!


All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast

Applebee’s Restaurant, Wytheville

August 7, 2010 ~ 7:00 – 9:00 AM

$5.00 per person

Call any Board Member to purchase tickets or pay at the door.

(C.A.A. earns $4.25 for each ticket sold)


September Pig Roast

Peery Center Gym

Sept. 4, 2010 ~ start serving at 5:00 PM

For utilities and building upkeep.

Price:  By Donation



All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast

Applebee’s Restaurant, Wytheville

September 25, 2010 ~ 7:00 – 9:00 AM

$5.00 per person

Advance tickets or pay at the door.


10th Annual Homecoming

Peery Center Gym

October 16, 2010


Voter’s Café  

Election Day Breakfast and Lunch

Peery Center Gym

Nov. 2, 2010 ~ 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Toys for Tots Drive

October 16 -  December 1. 2010

Bring or send new unwrapped toys and stuffed animals.  Items may be brought to Homecoming, mailed to our post office box or given to any Board Member.


Christmas Pig Roast (Carry Out)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Place orders before 12/10/10, by calling Wade at 682.4380 or G.H. at 682-4381.




Ceres Alumni Association

P. O. Box 32

Ceres, VA 24318

276 682-3989



Officers for 2010




Wade F. Hall



E-Mail Address


Vice President


Betty C. Hubble



Web Site



Recording Secretary/


Rebecca M. Peery




Membership Secretary

Lorraine S. Waddle





Elizabeth N. Kimberlin



Henry C Groseclose Agriculture & FFA Museum

Open by appointment

Call 276 682-4587



Robert I. Waddle




Association Directors and term ending year:


Anne H. Britton – 2010

Evelyn H. Groseclose – 2011


William M. Creggar – 2010

Jonan C. Repass – 2012


William H. Hubble – 2010

Sue Repass – 2012


J. W. Cassell – 2011

W. Nelson Tibbs - 2012


Frances C. Davis – 2011

Archie Atwell – Past Pres.





Endowment Trust Directors & term ending year:


Judy Cassell – 2010

Jerry Thompson -- 2011


William H. Crabtree - 2010

Joyce Keen - 2012


DeWayne Hubble – 2010

George H. Peery, III - 2012


Dean Kirk - 2011

James Wilson - 2012


Robin Repass - 2011

Robert I. Waddle – Treas.