It may have been over 50 years since Linton-Stockton's Class of 1961 walked the local halls of ivy every day but they have not forgotten their alma mater, their classmates, or the importance of good books.
In 1986, the class started a new tradition of donating books to the school library as a way to honor their fellow classmates who had passed away.
Late this fall, the class made a special presentation of two more books to Joan Warrick, the school's media specialist.
Joe Girard's "13 Essential Rules of Selling" was presented in memory of Dexter "Sonny" Hammer.
Another book, "Top 100 Health-Care Careers," was presented in memory of Wanda Mae Wright. Her niece, Jamie Wright, attended the presentation.
Warrick said the school appreciated the books.
"These books will be quite useful when the students write their reports later this school year on their future careers," said Warrick.
The book presentations have been ongoing between the class and school library every year since '86, when five classmates were initially honored.
Since that time, they've donated well over 25 books to the library -- carefully choosing the books individually, based on the special interests or careers of the classmates to be honored.
To continue the tradition, the class set up a fund to help pay for the books.
Besides the two recently donated, they also presented three others earlier in the year.
The presentations were made by book committee members Martha Bowers and Mary Stalcup on behalf of the Class of '61.