July 20, 2016 Edition

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Marie Davis was
WRHS's oldest
living graduate

Until her death on July 9, 2016, Marie Buchanan Davis, age 108, had the distinction of being the oldest living resident of Randolph County. Moreover, she was no doubt the oldest living graduate of Walnut Ridge High School as a member of the WRHS Class of 1925, graduating 91 years ago.

Marie was less than three weeks shy of her 109th birthday. STARS magazine in Pocahontas featured Marie at age 101 in a "Passing the Century Mark" story by Susan Johnson. The Pocahontas Star Herald reprinted highlights from that feature last week, stating that Marie was born on July 27, 1907, in Imboden. She spent her early years on a small farm in the Wyatt School settlement, which was probably in Randolph County.

Pictures of the Past

Little's Service Station is featured in this late 1940s photo in Hoxie. Built in the late 1920s by Jacob E. Ring, the upstairs was equipped with 10 private apartments with separate bathrooms at the end of the hall. J.B. Little purchased the building in 1945 and his son, Budgie Little, took over the business in 1956 until recent health issues required him to close. A living time capsule, walking into this establishment always brought back memories of crickets, night crawlers and cold sodas from the cooler as a child. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of Dennis Little

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