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McCrory to honor McCoury

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Article Published: Oct. 24, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 27, 2013
McCrory to honor McCoury

Del McCoury

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Bluegrass legend Del McCoury will become a part of Mitchell County lore, when a stretch of N.C. 261 north of Bakersville bears his name.

A ceremony to commemorate the naming of the road will take place at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at Lavonia Crest, north of Bakersville.

McCoury, guitarist, vocalist and leader of the Del McCoury Band, is scheduled to attend the event, as well as N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory.

McCoury is honored by the attention. He said he has a National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and is in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, but this is something more.

“It is a great honor to have a road named after you,” he said. “That stands forever.”

McCoury was born in York, Pa., but both his parents and his wife’s parents are Mitchell County natives. He himself never lived in Mitchell County, but he visited often. His father’s family was from Glen Ayre, and his mother’s family was from Buladean.

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