Helen Toles was the valedictorian for Lyerly High School's Class of 1944. She later married Herman Buffington and both enjoyed successful careers in the newspaper business, eventually settling in Jefferson, Georgia and owning several newspapers in the area.

Seated to the left is Madison Short, the principal of the school and, in addition, pastor of the Summerville First Baptist Church.

Photograph courtesy of Branson and Margaret Gayler.

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