Homecoming is family reunion

Margie Lucas could be the grand marshal of her descendants’ own NC State Homecoming parade.

“It’s a family thing,” she says.

Lucas, 77, was the third generation of her family to attend NC State, following in the footsteps of her football-playing grandfather and father. Two more generations followed, including two granddaughters who are current students here. As always, members of the family that are still based in Raleigh and Cary, will have a family tailgate prior to Saturday’s Homecoming game against Clemson.

Her grandfather, Charles Burgess Williams, made his way from the Camden County town of Shiloh in the northeast corner of North Carolina to Raleigh in October 1889 as one of the 72 students to enroll in what was then called the North Carolina School for Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. He was both the captain of the first football team and the valedictorian of the first graduating class, back when Holladay Hall was the school’s only building.

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