Curry High School honors beloved staff member Debbe Vines
by Daniel Gaddy
Sep 09, 2011 | 4674 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Curry High School senior  Erin Williams looks on as senior Austen Black writes a message to Debbe Vines Thursday afternoon at a wall memorializing the school's bookkeeper. Students and teachers lined the hallway with bouquets of flowers and cards this week to honor Vines, who died Tuesday.  Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
Curry High School senior Erin Williams looks on as senior Austen Black writes a message to Debbe Vines Thursday afternoon at a wall memorializing the school's bookkeeper. Students and teachers lined the hallway with bouquets of flowers and cards this week to honor Vines, who died Tuesday. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
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Across the hallway from Curry High School’s trophy shelf, a 5-foot by 5-foot spread of paper covering a wall on Thursday held a mosaic of hand-written notes. All of them were to the school’s bookkeeper, Debbe Vines, who died shortly after collapsing at the school Tuesday afternoon.

“Thanks for always taking care of me,” one note said. “I will miss you.”

Students and faculty described Vines as the backbone of the school. Though bookkeeper was her official title, they said Vines would sell tickets at football games, organize the school’s prom and plan graduation ceremonies.

“She was like a mother to us ... She tried to do everything she could to make people happy,” said Curry senior Erin Williams.

Williams and seniors Austen Black and Joseph Evans talked about Vines in the hallway near the memorial wall Thursday afternoon.

“She was always there for you, no matter what,” Evans said.

According to Black, after the news about Vines spread throughout the community, as many as 60 people came to the high school to mourn. Many of them laid bouquets of flowers at the front doors of the school building.

The community met for a candlelight vigil at the school Thursday evening. An art class at the school also made a sketch of the old Curry High building. Teachers said Vines’ family requested the drawing be displayed at her funeral services.

The Walker County Board of Education also observed a moment of silence for Vines before a public budget hearing Thursday evening.

Evans said former students who now attend four-year colleges across the state have skipped classes to come back home for the memorial services.

Jennifer McNair, a secretary at Curry High School, said flowers and cards have poured into the school all week.

Vines had been a staff member of Curry High since 1991. She also worked at Lupton and Eldridge junior high schools.

McNair said all of Curry High’s staff thought of Vines as a sister.

“She was a very loving person and gave all of herself to us,” she said.