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Woman finds class ring lost for 24 years

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August 3, 2004

Coffee County- Anita Corbitt never thought her fascination with the internet would be so important, until her son James Allen brought home an old class ring.

"I was working at an air conditioning company in Douglas. We were restoring an old house and I went up under there. I was toting a pipe and I saw a glare. I told them to turn the light back and went over there. I rubbed in the dirt a few times and I seen a stone," remembers James Allen Corbitt.

Fortunately for the owner along with the stone, his high school's name was inscribed on the ring.

"I said I'll get on the internet and I'll look up Princess Anne High School. So, I got on there and I looked it up and everything. I said I'll put a little piece on there and I put the initials that were on the ring," she explains.

A year and at least one computer crash later, Corbitt received an email from J.L.W., Jim Wood of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

"He's never been to Douglas. He didn't even know where Douglas was or anywhere around here. He said he was on a school trip back in 1980 and the ring was in a towel with his hotel key in Tennessee. When he got out of the pool his ring was gone," Anita Corbitt says.

Now thanks to an honest mother and son...

"If it was my rings I'd want it back."

... and a little help from FedEx, he'll get back the treasure he lost 24 years ago.

The Corbitts say Wood should receive his class ring Wednesday. Since he never got to enjoy it, Wood plans to pass it on to his son.

Posted at 6:50 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com