When Grady died, her son asked Neal to tell everyone gathered for her funeral the story of how the librarian nurtured his reading habit as a teenager. All of the students and teachers were African-American. She had seen him trying to steal The Treasure of Pleasant Valley years ago. And the discovery changed the life of a teenage boy who was, in Neal's memory, "a rather troubled high school senior. Then he wandered into the library and stumbled onto a book by author Frank Yerby. Saunders would drive to Memphis and find another one for me to read — and they would put it in the exact same place where the one I'd taken was. A week or two later, Neal had finished the book — so he brought it back to the library, careful to replace it in the same spot he had found it. But the women's efforts paid off: Neal went on to attend law school and later became a judge, retiring as an appellate judge of the Arkansas Court of Appeals. He didn't care much for high school.
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