The Transylvania Times -

By Jeremiah Reed
Staff Writer 

TYA's Barbara Johnson Says Goodbye After 52 Years – Brevard NC


Last updated 6/17/2013 at 8:12am

Barbara Johnson, 90, cuts a farewell cake among well-wishers at the Transylvania Youth Association in a ceremony Thursday. (Times photo by Jeremiah Reed)

The last time the Transylvania Youth Association (TYA) had a meeting without Barbara Johnson taking shorthand notes as secretary, gas was 27 cents a gallon, “Mister Ed” debuted on TV and President Barack Obama had just been born.

Fifty-two years later, Johnson, who just turned 90 a few weeks ago, has decided to retire from the board, but not without leaving a legacy to those people she worked with and the countless lives of youth who have been positively impacted by her service.

“I’m sad to leave after all these years, but I’ve been saying a 90-year-old woman doesn’t belong be...

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