Class ring returned after 47 years missing

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Terry Bradley, a Pineville High School graduate of the class of 1967, lost his class ring shortly after his graduation. He never knew he would be reunited with the same ring 47 years later.

Billy Dye, another graduate of Pineville High School, approached Bradley one day and asked him about the year he graduated and if he had a class ring. Bradley explained he lost his ring in February of 1968. In surprising fashion, Dye told Bradley he knew who found his ring and would like to give it back to him.

The person who found the ring all those years ago was Helen Phipps, a resident of Ferndale Apartments. Phipps said she found the class ring at the old Pineville Laundromat in February 1968. Years ago the laundromat was located below the Pineville Hospital.

Phipps found the ring on a chain, lying in the parking lot at the laundromat. She kept the ring for 45 years, hoping to return it to its rightful owner.

Dye explained that Sallie Evans, manager at Ferndale Apartments, inquired of him whether he knew someone who would have graduated from Pineville High School in 1967 with the initials TB. That individual was Bradley.

After speaking with Dye, Bradley met with Phipps and discovered that they had known each other for years, but the subject of the ring never come up between them. Phipps was happy to return the ring to Bradley and he was happy to have the ring back in his possession after so many years.

Bradley expresses his appreciation of Phipps for her honesty and the determination to return the ring.


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