Douglas Coone, second from right, displays his new diploma for benefit of the
family, from left, daughter Brenda, Mrs. Coone, sons Norman and Bernie.
Doug Coone Is Proud of Diploma
Karastan Man Who Dropped
Out Of School 13 Years Ago
Graduates From High School
The proudest member of the 1964
Morehead High School graduating class
most likely was Douglas Coone, a me
chanic in the Bedspread-Karastan Plant
Service Department, on the second shift.
When he received his diploma, it was
the culmination of several years of hard
work, efficient use of time, and diligent
Doug was a high school dropout, hav
ing quit school to get married after
completing the ninth grade. He had an
A-B average when he dropped out in
1951. Now, 13 years and three children
later, he has graduated from Morehead
High School, taking college prep courses,
with 20 units and an A-B average.
In addition to working the second
shift at the mill and attending a full
schedule of classes at Morehead, he
completed correspondence courses in
English, mathematics, psychology, and
U. S. History.
Te Continue Education
He plans to continue his education
and will enroll at Guilford College in
September. He will continue to work at
the Bedspread-Karastan Plant Service
Department and will commute to Guil
ford. His plans are to major in mathe
matics and to become a teacher of tech
Doug said his reason for going back to
school was that he felt handicapped by
not being a college graduate. Also, he
said, it was embarrassing to have to say
he only completed the ninth grade when
nearly everyone was expected to have
at least a high school education.
His comeback along the educational
trail began in 1960 when, at the urging
of his foreman, Lester Fulcher, he en
rolled at the Industrial Education Cen
ter. He originally intended to take a
two-year course in machine shop.
Bill Armfield, then associate director
of the I.E.C., encouraged Doug to re
turn to high school and helped him to
work out matters with Wendell Newlin,
principal of Morehead High School.
Doug said that Mr. Armfield, Lucyan
Lada, director of the I.E.C., and Mr.
Newlin “have been wonderful to me.”
Doug got out of school at 2:30 p.m.
each day and had to be at work at 3 p.m.
He did most of his studying beginning
at 5 o’clock in the morning. His wife
served him breakfast in bed for most
of the four years to enable him to study.
Mrs. Coone worked at the Morehead
High School cafeteria and when Doug
took her to work at 8 o’clock each morn
ing, he utilized the next 45 minutes to
study before school opened.
Teachers Were Helpful
Doug said the attitude of the teach
ers toward him was most helpful and
the students “could not have been nicer
to me.” There was no problem at all in
relations with other students and he did
not feel self-conscious in ainy way.
Asked about his feelings at the mo
ment of graduation, he replied, “Well,
the kids were thrilled to see me get my
diploma.” His wife commented that
she was “proud of him and glad he can
UQw get some rest.”
Doug’s comment was: “I’ve been put
ting off a paint job on this house from
fall to spring and from spring to fall for
four years. Now it will get done.”
A native of Spray, the son of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Willie Coone, Doug
married the former Sally Slaughter, of
Spray. Their three children are Nor
man, 12; Bernie, 11; and Brenda, 10. The
family lives at 309 Carolina Heights,
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