BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Steve Cantrell doesn't have a Facebook account, but he sure is glad his son, Cree, does. Facebook, and a Gulfport woman are why Steve has his high school class ring back.
Cantrell graduated from Biloxi High in 1968. He was the school's mascot back then and really enjoyed his school years. That's why what happened on the Biloxi River a year later, was so disappointing.
"I was swimming with some friends," Cantrell said, "I put my class ring in the pocket of my shorts and jumped into the river."
The problem was, the ring fell out of his pants and Cantrell never saw it again.
"I went back there several times that summer, but no luck," Cantrell said.
As the years went on, Cantrell came to the realization that his ring was gone forever. At least that is what he thought.
But then things took a big turn for the better. Steve got a phone call Wednesday that he will not soon forget. It was a family friend, telling him that someone on Facebook posted that they had found a Biloxi High class ring from 1968 with the initials "S-E-C."
The lady who posted that information on Facebook lives in Gulfport. Her grandchildren had found the ring about two years ago on a sandbar of the Biloxi River. She later told Steve she had forgotten about the ring, but recently decided it was time to find the person who once owned it.
When she posted on Facebook, the ball really got rolling.
"Stuff started to happen big time, real big time," Steve Cantrell told us.
Wednesday, the lady met with Steve and gave him the class ring from 1968.
"It was emotional, it really was," Steve said.
Of course, that was 45 years ago and about 40 pounds ago. Don't expect to see the ring on Steve's hand anytime soon.
But he is having some fun with this. In fact, with a smile on his face he said some people had suggested he get it re-sized and wear it.
Steve jokingly told us, he doesn't know many folks in their 60s, who still wear their high school ring.
Whatever happens, he is just glad to have it back.