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Reminiscing with Ina Ruth Bess

Bess began teaching Junior and Senior English at DeKalb County High School in 1954 where she taught for 57 years.

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Much-loved, long-time educator Ina Ruth Bess was born Nov. 24, 1928 to Herman and Clara Bell Calhoun Webb of Smithville. Siblings Janelle, JoEvelyn and Ray Morris completed the family.

Bess’ father owned Webb’s Grocery when she was born. It was first located in the upper part of town where she spent much of her time upstairs amongst the huge feed bags and other supplies playing school with her dolls.

Her father later bought and moved the business downtown to the building now occupied by Charlie Max Salon. She and her siblings owned the building until the early nineties. Her ...


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