Broadway teen dedicates FFA jackets to members who have passed

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 2:08 PM EDT
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Thomas Lohr, a student at Broadway high school, recently received a grant from the national FFA organization to create an official dress closet at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School. Those nine jackets would be available to students who can’t afford them or needed them for a short period of time.

When it was time to order the jackets, Lohr realized each jacket needed a name on it. Just a few months before, Mark Deavers, a beloved community member who had worked with the chapter on a number of occasions was killed in a car accident. That’s when Lohr got the idea to embroider the jackets with names of those who had made a contribution to the chapter.

“I feel really honored in doing this because they could have just given the grant to someone else that might have been doing it for something else. I feel like I did this for a really good cause,” said Thomas Lohr, 15.

Here is a list of the others included on the jackets:

Nathan Miller: student at time of death in 1995

Dennis Smith: former student, retired Ag Teacher, died in 2020

Mark Deavers: former student, community member, Young Farmers of Virginia President, died in 2020

Todd Bailey: former student served as Chapter President, community member, member of Broadway-Timberville Young Farmers, died in 1991

Randy Keyser: Broadway High School Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor at the time of his death in 1997

Andrea Lohr: former Ag Teacher at JFHMS, State FFA Officer (Kentucky), worked for the National FFA Organization, died in 2011

Sheila Lilly: former student, community member, served as Virgina State Young Farmers President, died in 2018

JC Mines: former FFA member at TAHS, active in Rockingham FFA and the Rockingham Livestock Program, died in 2002

Clay Sellers: former student, National American Farmer recipient, died in 2007

Cathy Hively Hughes: former student, John C. Myers Middle School Ag Teacher, Massanutten Regional Governor’s School Agriculture and Environmental Science Teacher, Executive Director for the Virginia FFA Foundation, Served as BHS Chapter, Rockingham Federation and State FFA President.

A laminated information card about each person was also placed in the pocket of each jacket.

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