Long-term district employee to be honored in parade

Waynesville— Properly aligning with the theme of “traditions,” Doris Clevenger, who has worked for the Waynesville school district for 47 years, will be one of the grand marshals in Friday's Homecoming parade.

Clevenger started working as a secretary in 1963 in the superintendent's office and retired in 2010. Despite her many dedicated years of service for the district, she was still surprised to hear the announcement.

“I was told that they are using the theme 'tradition' and I know it is kind of hard to put a face on tradition,” Clevenger said. “The only thing I would know that I could tie in with tradition is that I worked for the school district for 47 years but I am very pleased they selected me.”

Waynesville High School Activities Directory Gary Young said that along with Brenda Sheetz, the parade's other grand marshal, it just felt right to honor her.

“Doris worked for the district for a lot of years, she recently retired and it just seemed like it was the right thing to do,” said Waynesville High School activities director Gary Young. “She was just such a good employee that we wanted to honor her.”

Clevenger had worked for eight different superintendents in the 47 years she worked. She is originally from the Iberia area but moved to Waynesville in 1980.

The two grand marshals of the parade will be in the lead vehicle at the parade on Friday.

The Homecoming parade will start at 2:30 p.m. and will travel from the Waynesville City Park, turn left in front of the Waynesville Post Office, turn right in front of Security Bank, turn right in front of the Pulaski County Courthouse, and then continue down Historic Route 66 to Slaughter Field, located near the middle school.

All Waynesville schools will dismiss early so that students, parents and community members can attend the parade. There will be a free hot dog roast and tailgate party that will start at 5 p.m. in the Sixth Grade Center parking lot.

Waynesville schools, school clubs, teams and organizations from the elementary, middle and high schools will participate in this year’s parade.