October 26, 2016 Edition

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A rare dedication

Reta Goff Covey of Walnut Ridge, who died on Oct. 17, obviously had a deep love for Lawrence County and its history. I recall that she wrote in-depth articles on the history of various towns and communities around the county in the 1970s.

I believe Reta was quite involved in assisting with or helping to direct the extensive Centennial pageant when Walnut Ridge celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 1974. That pageant seemed to involve many of the local children and youth, as well as a number of adults.

Reta worked deligently to help preserve the history of the Walnut Ridge Airbase through the Wings of Honor Museum. She, Harold Johnson, and others spearheaded a long-range project to raise funds for a new museum building to house the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School (Wings of Honor) Museum.

Pictures of the Past

Students from the Surridge School were standing in mud when this photograph was taken in 1925. The Surridge School stood west of Hoxie, near Old Highway 63 and the West Side Inn Community. Today that would be County Road 507 on the Robert Davis farm. The Surridge School consolidated with Hoxie in 1946. (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 Wilma Whitlow

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