Alabama grandfather, 80, attends his first prom

Joy Webb took James Drain to the Albertville High School prom Saturday so she could share the experience with "Poppa," who never went to a prom of his own.

By Ben Hooper

ALBERTVILLE, Ala., April 14 (UPI) -- An Alabama teenager attending her first prom said she chose her 80-year-old grandfather as her date because he never attended a dance of his own.

Joy Webb, a student at Albertville High School, said she wanted to share her first prom experience with James Drain -- or "Poppa," as she knows him.


"My family is everything to me, and I love him so much, and it's just like really special to me because I know not many people get to do that. And I know he loves me and I love him, and it's just really neat and special," Webb told WHNT-TV.

Drain said he was happy to accept the prom-posal.

"She said 'I would love that! You're the one I wanted! Hey, will you come to the prom with me and be my beau?' And I said I sure will!" Drain said.

He said the royal blue tuxedo he donned for Saturday's dance was his first experience in formal wear.

"This is my first appearance in a tuxedo! First tuxedo I've ever had!" Drain said.

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