Six members were recently inducted into the newly created Chattaroy High School Hall Of Fame:
James Lee “Jim” Barnett: First basketball player in WV named to the Class A and Class B All-State Teams; First Mingo County player named to the First Team All-State Team; First high school player to score 60 points in one game at Crum High School, with 48 points in the second half; First Chattaroy High School player to score more than 1,200 points in a four-year career; Jim accumulated 1,785 points while at Chattaroy and averaged 26 points per game as a senior; In 1953, he was the first basketball player in Mingo County to be awarded a full-ride, four-year scholarship to WV University; Attended WVU from 1953-1958 and played with well-known Mountaineers such as “Hot Rod” Hundley, Don Eddie, Don Vinson, Willie Akers, Bob White and Jody Gardner; Was red-shirted for one season after an unfortunate injury to his ACL abruptly ended his playing days; Jim graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education; He was an assistant coach with the Mountaineers during the 1958-59 season and then moved to Hurley, Virginia with his wife, Donna, a former cheerleader with the Yellow Jackets; He was a successful high school basketball coach for five years in Virginia and seven years in Ohio, where he also earned his Master’s in Education degree; He retired after 30 years as an educator in Cincinnati; Following Jim’s retirement, his wife passed away; He returned to Chattaroy where he remarried the former Peggy Belcher, also a Chattaroy High School graduate; He has one daughter, Rhonda Barnett Price, who lives in Florida and was the first female NBA Basketball agent from 1999-2004; He also has an 18 year old grandson, Jaxson Barnett Price.
George Delano Ritchie: Graduated from Chattaroy High School in 1956; A talented student and athlete, he led the Yellow Jackets to the Class B State Championship game in 1955; Was selected to the Class B All-State Team and was selected to play in the West Virginia North-South All Star Game; A couple of his team mates were Jerry West and Willie Akers; George attended Wake Forest College, where he played in the ACC; He lettered for three seasons for the Demon Deacons; He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1960 and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Carolina University; George spent 30 years as an educator in Mingo County, as a teacher, coach, and later principal at Williamson Junior High School for 11 years; During his 16 seasons of coaching, he put Williamson High School on the State Basketball Map, with a record of 268 wins and 94 losses, an outstanding 74% winning record, one of the best in Williamson High School history.
Peter (Pete) William Campbell: Graduated from Chattaroy High School in 1958, where he participated in both baseball and basketball; In 1958, was named to the All Area First Team Basketball Squad by the Williamson Daily News; Attended Pikeville College as a walk-on for the basketball team; Made the team and was awarded a full four-year scholarship; During his four years at Pikeville College, he played baseball as well as basketball; His highest scoring game was 52 points; His senior year he averaged 24 points a game, which earned him All KIAC First Team, as well as Honorable Mention All-American; In 2006, Pete was inducted into the Pikeville College Sports Hall Of Fame for both baseball and basketball; 1962-1963 he coached Williamson JV to county runner-up; 1963-1981 coached at Harding High School in Charlotte, NC and in 1974 was named Coach Of The Year; While in Charlotte, he played in an Industrial League and the Charlotte Observer named him “Best Player-In-League”; 1981-1995 Assistant Principal at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC; 1995-2000 Principal at Grayson County High School for Independence, VA; 2000-2010 Principal at Pauls Valley High School, Pauls Valley, OK; 2014 – Pete moved to Asheboro, NC where he resides today with his wife Sally.
Anna Booten – Graduated from Chattaroy High School in 1944; After high school, she went on to further her education as a student at Marshall College (now known as Marshall University); Entering college at the age of 16, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce and Physical Education in 1948; She pitched softball for Marshall while attending there and was called “little red”; She later earned a Master’s degree and also had 30 additional graduate hours while teaching and caring for her family; Began her career as a teacher at CHS in 1948, teaching PE, shorthand, typing and also coaching cheerleading; Many young girls cheered under her coaching and she taught them it was important to set a good example for the school and the community as well as to cheer on the Yellowjackets; Anna was always very generous in helping young ladies who had financial needs when prom and graduation time came around; She was instrumental in starting a time for games and dancing during the lunch hour, which became known as “Progressive Education”; The school had the highest attendance record in Mingo County and it was often said because it was so much fun to attend and that if you went to Chattaroy High School you knew how to dance – in large part due to Anna’s idea; When Chattaroy was combined with Williamson, she was transferred there where she taught shorthand and business machines; Retired in 1983 but continued to substitute teach for several years; She now resides in Rush, KY near her daughter Betty and two grandchildren; She also has two other daughters, Jeannie and Cynthia.
Marvin E. Runyon: Graduated from Chattaroy High School in 1957; After graduation, entered the Army and dedicated his life to the service of his country; He retired after 22 years of hard work and dedication as a highly decorated Captain of the United States Army; Received many accolades, medals and honors; Served two tours in Viet Nam, earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, 36 Air Medals, three Army Commendation medals, two Purple Hearts, Meritorious Service and many other medals; Served in several units and locations, including the 82nd Airborne Division, the 173rd Airborne Brigade and the 25th Infantry Division; Was a platoon leader and helicopter pilot of the AH-1G Cobra gun ship and Huey helicopter; Ran missions in Viet-Nam and Cambodia; Served as a platoon leader, company commander and in staff positions throughout the continental United States, Alaska and Southeast Asia; Marvin continued his schooling after graduating from CHS and has a bachelor degree in business and a master’s degree in personnel management and business; His military schooling includes Officers Candidate School, Army Flight School, Ranger School, Airborne Jump School, Pathfinder and other military schools.
James H. Southers: Graduated from Chattaroy High School in 1943; Was drafted his senior year, but was allowed to finish the year with his classmates and graduate before being sent to Fort McClennen, Alabama for 17 weeks of basic training for the army to serve in World War II; After training, he landed in northern Africa and then traveled to Naples, Italy to join Company B, 143rd Infantry, 36th Army Division; James was in several heavy battles while in Italy; Upon crossing the Repido River, he jumped into the cold water to save a fellow soldier who was drowning; James was able to get to him however they drifted about a mile and a half down the river through the swift waters before reaching a shore; They spent the next few days trying to find a safe, dry place; An Italian outpost took them in and made contact with their company so they could get back to them; There were several more dangerous battles before they boarded ships for the invasion of southern France; As they pushed through Germany, his eardrums busted from gunfire and percussion; James spent seven weeks in a hospital in Naples, Italy; He was honorable discharged in 1946; He received a bronze star for his heroic act in saving his fellow soldier at the Repido River among other medals and ribbons; James married Helen Johnson in 1948 and began Marshall College in 1951; He graduated in 1956 and came back to teach at Nolan; James taught at Nolan for two years, then moved to Ohio in 1959; He taught in the public school system in Ohio and in 1966 began teaching for the state of Ohio until he retired in 1982; James and Helen live in Commercial Point, Ohio near all four of their children – Gary, Danny, Terry and Penny; They have six grandchildren, one of which is deceased, seventeen great grandchildren, of which one is also deceased, and three great-great grandchildren; James also played softball for over 35 years.