Mrs. Euna Joines, 87 Belmont Ave., Maryville,
recently delivered a special Christmas present to her grandson,
Ricky Joines, a student in Japan. Ricky, formally of Maryville and
now living in Nashville is a junior at Kansai Gaidai, the University
of Foreign Studies, in Osaka, Japan this year. He is a participant
in a student exchange program between his college, Western Kentucky
and Kansai Gaidai.
Ricky developed his taste for éclairs as a small child living in
Maryville but moved to Nashville when he was six. For years the
first stop on each trip back to Maryville to visit relatives was at
Richy Kreme's for éclairs.
His longstanding love for Richy Kreme éclairs was well known so when
his parents, Bob and Ann Joines, and Mrs. Joines scheduled a
Christmas visit to Japan the first present they thought of was
The employees at Richy Kreme specially wrapped the box for the trip
and the éclairs were delivered in excellent shape. After months of
only Japanese food, Ricky thought they were the best he had ever
Christy Self, another Maryville resident and a student at Maryville
College is a classmate of Ricky's at Kansai Gaidai.