0432 GMT October 20, 2021
Terry Bruce, of Franklin, said he was throwing a frisbee with friends at Percy Warner Park in 1979 when his ring flew off his hand during a toss, UPI wrote.
"Needless to say, we were on our hands and knees the rest of the day until dark trying to find it. No luck at all," Bruce told WTVF-TV.
Courtney Eoff began volunteering this year at Franklin High School, and the new position reminded her of the class ring her husband had found buried under seven inches of soil at Percy Warner Park about eight years earlier.
Eoff said she decided to use her new position to try to find the owner of the ring, which bore the initials T.A.B.
"Sept. 30, came in, pulled a yearbook and within 30 minutes we found the owner," Eoff said.
Eoff discovered only two students had those matching initials in 1978, and only one of them was missing a ring.
"She said, 'You're not going to believe this, but I think I have your ring,'" Bruce recalled.
Bruce visited the high school and was presented with his long-lost ring. The reunion was captured on video and posted to Franklin High's YouTube account.
"Even though he had his mask on, you could just totally see it in his eyes that he was so appreciative," Eoff said.
Bruce said he plans to have the ring cleaned and detailed.