WILLIAMSON – Pride and getting the chance to wear the maroon and white of the Wolfpack seemed to be a common theme among those who were inducted into the 2015 Williamson High School (WHS) Athletic Hall of Fame (HOF) this past weekend.
Several new members were inducted on Saturday afternoon at a ceremony held at the new HOF room at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse.
On Friday night, several of the new inductees got together for an informal “Meet the Pack” gathering. Many talked about the glory days, some big Wolfpack moments of the past and enjoyed conversations with past graduates.
After a catered dinner was served and enjoyed on Saturday, WHS HOF President Cecil Hatfield welcomed all of those in attendance. The room was packed with inductees, family members and many others.
Hatfield read a touching remembrance of the late Curt Phillips, a longtime HOF committee member and a past inductee. David Hurley read a tribute to the late Peirce Whitt, who was the longtime director of the Williamson Park Board and Fieldhouse.
Then different HOF board members started the individual introductions of the 2015 class.
There were many wonderful acceptance speeches. All were heartfelt and humble. Many of the comments brought laughter, some shed a couple of tears, and all felt a sense of pride. Generally, everyone was sincere with their comments.
Those inducted thanked former coaches, their families and talked about how special it was growing up in the local communities in and around Williamson.
In no particular order, those inducted this year were:
- · Barry E. Baker, Class of 1989
- · Jerry “Fred” Russell, Class of 2002
- · Thomas “Tom” McQueen, Class of 1965
- · James E. “Jim” Jones, Class of 1952
- · John Mark Copley, Class of 1983
- · John N. Panos, Class of 1983
- · Casper David (C.D.) DeWese, Class of 1942
- · Erik Rash, Class of 1995
- · Tommy Fletcher, Class of 1971
- · Christopher Thomas Ooten, Class of 2008
- · Kyle Lovern, Class of 1974
- · Steven Patrick Turner, Class of 2005
A plaque will be placed on the outside wall of the Hall of Fame room of each new inductee alongside past HOF members at the Fieldhouse. Each new member also received a nice acrylic trophy to take home or put in their office.