First Woman Mayor inducted into Watauga County Historical Society

The Watauga County Historical Society recently inducted Velma Rose Combs Burnley into their Hall of Fame.

Velma Burnley was born on Nov. 14, 1921. In 1987, Velma was elected to Boone Town Council, and two years later was elected as the first woman mayor of the town. Crediting her successful political career to her experience getting to know Boone’s people through her position at Northwestern Bank. She was mayor until 2005. The Watauga county historical society Hall of Fame inductees individuals either living or dead who have made a significant or lasting contribution to the towns history.

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