The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


May 20, 2013

Alabama man's class ring found decades later


"When she told me about the ring, I had just an amazing feeling," Lola Fossett said. "It's like you suddenly believe in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy again. I just burst into tears. It was almost an explosion of warmth. I feel like Ricky gives those to me. I call moments like that my 'Hello, Ricky' moments."

Meanwhile, the Haughs were told about the ring's owner. When Kathy Haugh heard it belonged to someone who also was known by the on-air name Rick Shayne, her jaw dropped. Kathy Haugh had heard that name — and voice — countless times on the radio.

After all, she grew up in Muscle Shoals.

"That was some coincidence," Bill Haugh said. "We were really surprised to find out it's from right there where she was from."

Lola Fossett describes that as "another 'Hello, Ricky' moment."

"I really believe God sends us little gifts along the way," she said.

Lola Fossett misses her husband, whom she refers to as her best friend, dearly. Still, she said, she is blessed to have someone who closely reminds her of him: their son, Shayne Fossett.

Shayne Fossett is in the U.S. Navy, fulfilling a calling to serve his country. Serving in the military also is a way to follow in the footsteps of his parents. Along with Ricky Fossett's Army background, Lola Fossett is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Rick Fossett's keen ability to spot and promote country music landed him in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He posthumously received a star at the hall in 2005, and had numerous gold records, including a few Lola donated to Plainview High School.

Judy Ayers said faculty members often use those gold records as examples to students.

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