After a five-year hiatus, the Warren County Sports Hall of Fame is continuing its mission with a new committee formed.
In September, interest once again turned to Warren County standouts who currently reside on a plaque held in trust and displayed by Security Federal Savings Bank on Main Street. The focus now is honoring more athletes who have accomplished great things for Warren County sports.
“We had an initial discussion with Security Federal vice president Danny Martin,” said committee member Gary Judkins. “We’ve got the ball rolling again and it’s going to be a great thing for Warren County being able to honor our athletes who have given back to the community through their athletic excellence, achievements and more.”
Judkins said new Hall of Fame ballots are going to be put in the Southern Standard in July. There will also be a way to download a copy via the newspaper website or Facebook page to print at home.
The deadline to submit a ballot will be July 21. Basic information is required on the ballot, plus a detailed letter outlining your nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments. Keep in mind the information being provided will be the primary, and possibly the only, source of information on the nominee so be as detailed as possible. Helpful information includes career highlights with dates, if available, honors, awards, and post-high school accomplishments.
A plaque, with names of local sports superstars voted in by the committee can be seen at Security Federal Savings Bank, the program’s sponsor.
“We’re getting ready to kick it off again,” said Danny Martin, who was involved with the Hall of Fame program before its break.
Southern Standard circulation director Dale Stubblefield is excited about his duties as a committee member and has served in that capacity in the past.
“I wish it was something that we didn’t have to let go for that time frame,” Stubblefield said. “There’s a lot of deserving people out there, some unfortunately have even passed away, and who would qualify for induction. We’re going to try and catch up on where we didn’t have anyone by possibly inducting 4-5 the first year, then back to 2-3 after that.”
Induction to the Hall of Fame can be posthumously as well, so if a person is not already listed he/ she can be submitted for consideration.
Once new members have been chosen there will be a public celebration.
“We’re planning on doing the presentation at a Pioneer home game this year,” Judkins said. “Put up a tailgate tent and add to the atmosphere of a home game by honoring those who have achieved in the past publically.”
Prior to its years of inactivity, Hall of Fame inductees were selected by a committee of five to six local residents with knowledge of local sports. Committee members weighed the value of their sports contributions before voting on whether that athlete should be inducted.
Current members of the Warren County Sports Hall of Fame include: Robert Turner, Hugh Milraney, John Cox, Danny Martin, Clyde “Dixie” Roberts, Joe Parks, Sammy Elrod, Douglas Hobbs, Allen Dalton, Wamon Hillis, Virgil Denton, Bobby Newby, John Brock, Red Gaffin, Charles “Steamboat” Cassity, Chester Womack, J.K. Stanley, Fred “Pop” Sain, Franklin “Chick” Brown, Sam Cordell, Ted Thaxton, Babe Wood, Fred Phillips, Joe Stewart, Paul Matheny, Tom Gann, Jimmy Earle, Cecil Prater, Theodore Prater, Joe Nunley, Paul Golden, Francis Prater, Carolyn Cook Lance, Creed McClure, Robert Phifer, Gene “Buzz” Smith, Jamie “Cat” Walker, Allen McCormick, Jack Martin, Troy Jones, Jeff Womack, Everette Lee Mitchell, Dave Hoover, Bob Meador, Lester Strode Jr., Katherine Smith, Kenneth Duke, Shirley Eaton Bost and Leo Davis.