CHATTAROY – The Chattaroy Junior High School (CJHS) Reunion Committee announced the 2015 CJHS Hall of Fame Inductees this past Saturday, July 11 at the annual reunion.
The event was held the Chattaroy Church of God shelter and Putt-putt golf course. Each inductee received a framed certificate.
This year’s inductees were as follows:
Jim Barnett – Barnett, originally from Ohio, moved to Chattaroy and enrolled in the fourth grade class and later graduated from Chattaroy High School in 1953. He was awarded a WVU scholarship and graduated in 1958 with a teaching degree in Physical Education and Social Studies.
While attending Chattaroy High School, his average scores were sophomore year 21 ppg; Junior year 23 ppg. and 26 ppg. in his senior year. His overall career points total at Chattaroy was 1,785. While at WVU, Barnett played with well-known standout “Hot Rod” Hundley.”
A retired educator, Barnett was the son of the late Owen & Nona Barnett of Howard Holler. He continues to reside in the same vicinity with his wife Peggy Belcher Barnett. He has a daughter, Rhonda Price by his late wife, Donna Belcher Barnette.
Joe Howard – Howard, a life-long resident of the “Holler”, attended Chattaroy Grade and Junior High, where he was a shooting guard for the Yellowjackets in 1971-1973. Howard says his most favorite memory was shooting 36 points against long -time rival Belfry.
Howard, the son of the late Preston and Virgie Howard, was a 1976 graduate of Williamson High School. He played basketball and baseball at WHS. He currently serves as Transportation Director with Mingo County School System. Howard continues to reside at Chattaroy with his wife, Kathy where they enjoy horseback riding. Howard is the father of Alexis, Josh & Jeremy.
Tyree Marcum – Marcum attended CJHS a in 1969-1970 where he was a stand out in the Yellowjacket sports community. He played both football and basketball. Marcum went on to play for Williamson High School where he graduated in 1973.
A life-long resident of Nolan, he was the son of the late Wally and Yvonne Marcum. A retired coal truck driver, he enjoys spending time with his three daughters: Bridget Donahoe, Katie Clark and Sara Taylor.
David Murphy – The son of the late Joe William and Joanne Murphy, Murphy grew up on Howard Holler before residing in Williamson.
Murphy also attended Chattaroy Grade and Junior High where he played forward on the Yellowjacket basketball team from 1973-1975. He went onto to play tackle for three years on the Mighty Williamson Wolfpack football team.
Murphy is a serviceman with Mountaineer Gas and the proud dad of Mingo Central High School senior Josh Murphy, where he plays soccer, basketball and baseball.
Mark D Curry – Curry, also a life-long resident of Chattaroy played Starting Point Guard for CJHS, says his most memorable moment was when Chattaroy Jr. High Basketball finished their season 20-0 as Mingo County Champs. Curry, played pitcher at Lenore High School and graduated in 1979.
Curry says he enjoys spending his time with three children: Jessica Curry Cooper, Tara Curry Smith and Mark Zachary Curry and his two twin grandsons: Brody & Hunter Smith.
(This year’s Hall of Fame will include a father and a son being inducted.)
Clifford Smith – ‘Smitty’ as he was known throughout the Chattaroy community attended grade school, Junior high and graduated from Chattaroy High School, where he played center for their basketball team. Smith passed away on a February 17, 1979 and is survived by his children: Hayse, Matilda and Pete.
Pete Smith – Clifford’s son Pete was a former resident of Litton Hollow before him and his parents: the late Clifford and Dorothy Smith relocated to Columbus, Ohio.
Smith attended Chattaroy from 1972-1974 where he followed in his father’s footsteps as center player for the Chattaroy Jr. High Basketball team.
Smith served with the US Army, is now employed with Logistics and resides in Columbus, where enjoys his time with two daughters: Brittney and Danielle.
Brian Coburn – Coburn grew up at Howard Holler where he attended Chattaroy Grade and Junior High from 1967-1976. While at Chattaroy, he played both forward and center positions on their basketball program. He also helped to guide the Yellowjackets to finish 20-0 season and bring home the trophy as Mingo County Champs.
A 1979 WHS graduate, Brian also played for the Williamson Wolfpack. Coburn, the son of Ray and Mae Coburn, moved in the year 2000 to Bryantsville, Ky. with his wife, Deborah Curry Coburn and are the proud parents of two grown sons: Chase & Justin. Coburn, is a 15 year employee with Konica Minolta Business Solutions in Louisville, Ky.
Chuck Harrison – Harrison, who grew up near the Chattaroy School at Howard Holler attended first through the ninth grade and went onto to complete the 11th grade at Williamson High School. While at Chattaroy, he actively played forward and guard in basketball.
Harrison is the son of Charles and Nancy Harrison resides in Delbarton with his wife Debbie Varney Harrison. They enjoy spending time with their daughter, Courtney and grandson, Elijah.
Buster White – Al White, better known to the sports enthusiasts as “Buster,” attended CJHS from. 1962-1965 going on to graduate in 1966 from Williamson High School, where he was named as “All-State Player” for three years.
White’s favorite position was forward guard that he played all six years in basketball. While attending Chattaroy, he helped guide the Yellowjacket team in 1966 to bring home the trophy of Mingo County Champs despite losing only one game that season.
White recalls that his favorite memory of Chattaroy is the old gym where as a player you could stand at the top of one key and make baskets at the other end of floor …. “Those were great memories!”
One of ten children, Buster, grew up at Howard Hollow was the son of the late Charley and Mary White. He retired as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. As a few years he returned back to the work force as a Career Instructor with Goodwill Industries in Huntington, W.Va.
He and wife, Donna raised two children Stephanie and Brian and enjoy their eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Although White suffered a stroke that left some paralysis last year was notably surprised and grateful to his Chattaroy peeps fondly remembering him from the “corner”.
Mike Sword – Sword, who grew up in Nolan, but attended Chattaroy Jr High in the 8th and 9th grades where he left his mark. Sword, the son of the late Clyde and Ruth Sword, scored 24 points per game in basketball and was the leading scorer in football at Chattaroy. He was also the leading rusher and scorer for the football team. Sword graduated from WHS in 1971.
A retired coal miner, Sword now resides in Naugatuck area with his wife, Colleen and is the proud dad of three daughters: Carrissa Sword-Maynard, Kayla Sword and Terri Sword.
Johnny Milum – A Chattaroy native, Johnny Milum was a member of the “last class” to attend Chattaroy in 1985. While at Chattaroy, he played guard for his beloved Yellowjackets. His fondest memory was scoring 37 points against the rival Kermit Blue Devils. He is a 1988 graduate of WHS.
Milum resides at Breeden with his wife, Pam and two daughters Marissa & Mandy. He is a mine electrician with Arch Coal.
Tommy Fletcher – Tommy, one of the Fletcher brothers who played for CJHS, played for the Yellowjackets in 1967 and 1968. He and his teammates won a county title. He was one of the team’s leading scorers and was known for his leaping ability. Fletcher went on to play at Williamson High School where he was a star for the Wolfpack. He also played baseball for WHS.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)