Troup High School alum Tim Emory lost his class ring decades ago while playing football with friends outside the then-school's lunchroom.
Thirty years later, Whitesville Road Elementary School fourth grader Haley Pasley was playing during recess when she found what Emory lost in 1978. Pasley found the ring dirty, but still in pretty good shape at Whitesville Road, the site of the former high school.
According to a press release from the school system, Pasley gave the ring to her teacher Kelly DeMarino who set out to identify the ring's owner. She consulted her parents, and later used a 1978 yearbook as well as the initials engraved on the ring to track down Emory.
DeMarino arranged for Emory to come to Whitesville Road on the last day of school so Haley could give him the ring. Emory, who said he looked every where for the ring after losing it, said he was ashamed to admit losing it to his parents.
After retrieving the long lost ring from Pasley, Emory said it still fit.
"I can't wait to show my parents," he said in the school system's statement. "I promise I won't lose it again."