Book published to honor teacher, raise funds for scholarship

A book, titled “Mr. Rigney, Rigney, and Me (…or is it “I”),” is now available for sale.

Written about George Rigney, “a once in a lifetime teacher at Patrick County High School in Stuart,” all proceeds from book sales will help to continue Rigney’s work and legacy through the George D. Rigney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

By Marsha Honeycutt Marcela, the book is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats for


The author and publisher donated their time to produce the book in Rigney’s honor.

A native of Mount Airy, N. C., Marcela, currently lives in Vilas, N. C., with her husband, Mike. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English, she began her career at Patrick County High School, where she taught for fourteen years.  She then taught for twenty years in North Carolina Public Schools retiring in 2018, and currently teaches language arts at Johnson County Middle School in Mountain City, Tenn.

She has a growing interest in tourism and is employed part-time at The Blowing Rock Attraction in Blowing Rock, N. C. Marcela and her husband also appear at Tweetsie Railroad in November and December as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. She continues to be passionate about her teaching career as well as her work at tourist attractions.

Her greatest accomplishments are her two sons: Braxton and his fiancée, Kristen McDowell, and Rigney and his wife, Jessalyn.

Marcela will discuss her new book on Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. on WHEO’s Patrick Profiles.

The book is available on Amazon,

Autographed books are offered at, or for more information, visit Tom Perry’s Amazon Page, Thomas David Perry.




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