Les Smith, of San Diego, California, wants to help revive some happy memories of former Montgomery High School students while at the same time helping out local food banks.

Smith, who married Dyanna Gayle "Tiny" Brown Clay in 1978, said he believes sharing his late wife's yearbooks would be a nice tribute to her and help some of her former schoolmates relive their high school days.

"I value my high school yearbook and occasionally see one offered on Ebay and other online sources," Smith wrote in an email to The Montgomery Herald last month. "I just want these to return to people who appreciate them.

"And I suspect there is a graduate from each of these three years who has lost his or hers over the years for any number of reasons. I would be happy to mail the books to these people... (on the condition) that each recipient make a minimum $10 donation to an area food bank," he said.

The copies of the Chien Gris in Smith's possession are from 1964, 1965 and 1966.

His wife, who was born in 1949, passed away in 2014. Smith shared the following about her.

"My late wife, Dyanna Gayle Brown while in school, attended Montgomery High School through her junior year (1965-66 term). Right at five feet tall, she was known to many as “Tiny.” Her family lived at Robson on WV-61, up on Deepwater Mountain; maternal grandparents Archie and Gertie Settle operated a filling station and store there that was a community gathering spot. The school bus ride into and back home from Montgomery on that curvy, mountainous road each school day was not among her favorite memories.

"Dyanna’s family moved to Hurricane, where she attended and graduated from Hurricane High School her senior year. She moved to California right after graduation. She returned to West Virginia after a couple of years and married (Clay) and they moved to the Montgomery area.

"Dyanna was a member of the inaugural class of the dental hygiene program at West Virginia Institute of Technology, graduating (I think) in 1971. She and her first husband moved to Barboursville and divorced.

"Dyanna and I married (Smith) in 1978 and lived in Williamstown for nine years before moving to San Diego in 1987. Dyanna was an extremely skillful Registered Dental Hygienist, very popular and in demand among her patients.

"She died of pancreatic cancer in April 2014, followed by her son, Sean Clay, from her first marriage, who died of esophageal cancer eight weeks later," he wrote.

Smith said he ran across his wife's Montgomery yearbooks lately and knew they could serve a purpose.

"Dyanna’s heavily-autographed yearbooks (including Montgomery High editions of 1964, 1965 and 1966) also attest to her popularity as a student. They have been stored in the attic for over 10 years. I began clearing things out recently and unearthed them … and decided something productive should be done with them. That is when the idea of passing them to a graduate came to mind. I imagine it’s quite likely that some have lost their yearbooks and the memories they document over the past 50-plus years; here is a chance to help someone 'recover' some memories," Smith wrote.

Anyone interested in obtaining one of the yearbooks is asked to contact Smith at lessmith@san.rr.com.

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