It’s difficult to believe, but the Bryan County Athletics Hall of Fame is 12 years old.
Officially, it becomes 12 years old Saturday night, January 25, with the induction of four new members at the finals of the Bryan County basketball tournament in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
If you’re a fan, you have most likely already seen the names of the new members. You also know the Hall of Fame has three categories: Players, coaches and meritorious service.
The latter category was included specifically to cover referees and others who are simply vital to the success of the Hall of Fame.
All three categories are strongly represented this year.
If you’ve refereed Bryan County basketball 30 years, you’re either good or fast enough to avoid confrontation after all of those games.
Mike Lawson fills this category.
If you’ve earned All-State recognition, you’re very good.
Shelly Percell-Childree fill this category.
If you’re simply vital to the success of the Hall of Fame, you’re most likely a combination of very good player and a huge supporter of Bryan County athletics.
Karla and Kelli Parks – better known as the Calera twins – fill this category. It’s now Kelli Parks-Teafatiller.
County fans are also familiar with the Pioneers of Bryan County Girls Basketball, a program that recognizes the players of earlier times who paid the dues to make county basketball so popular today.
Childree originated this idea and has made it extremely popular.
LAWSON AND CHILDREE are self-explanatory choices for the Hall of Fame.
Karla and Kelli – the Calera twins – fall into the category of very good players and huge supporters of Bryan County athletics.
The first Hall of Fame ceremony was held in 2003 and Pat Metheny handled the display because she knew I would just throw stuff in a wad with a sign telling fans to dig through it and see if there was anything they might like.
My phone started ringing with it got close to time for the 2004 Hall of Fame induction.
“How can we help? What can we do? When do we need to do it? We want to be involved in the Bryan County Athletics Hall of Fame.”
Offers like this come along fairly regularly. Follow-up doesn’t always follow.
Starting with the 2004 Hall of Fame and including the 2014 Hall of Fame, the Calera twins have handled all of the displays and they are absolutely marvelous.
That’s dedication. That’s lots of time and effort. That’s the twins.
Despite their protests, the twins are now members of the Hall of Fame they have served so long and faithfully. Nobody deserves it more.
They have received letters and phone calls over the years commenting on the displays.
They will be in the Arena Saturday morning and they will be there when it’s all over that night. Except for the time they will on the floor for the induction ceremony, they will be taking care of the displays.
Take a few minutes to check out all of the information on the Hall of Famers and take a few minutes to say thank you and tell Karla and Kelli you appreciate all of their efforts.
Bryan County Athletics Hall of Fame Members:
2003 – Gene Barker, Dudley Barnett, Virginia Hamilton Childers, Arlen Clark, Harold Harmon, Joe ‘Bok’ Laughlin, Anita Lyons-Meadows, Guy Luscombe, Jay Mauck, Wayne Meryman, Francis Rambo, Jerry Shipp
2004 – Wynell Brown Summers, Bobby Carr, Jim Daley, Jimmy Edelen, Shawna Folsom, Earl Jackson, James Moss, Alvie Nelson, Roy Nickles, Wesley Smithart, Rip Tidwell
2005 – Mike Birdsong, Lori Hagood, L.C. Wesberry, Jonell Hartwell Whitehead
2006 – James ‘Pudge’ Bowers, Joey Wakefield, Tommy Wesberry, Rick Young
2007 – Billy Jack Bowen, Mickey Dyson, Bettina Turner, Bonita Turner
2008 – Preston Burns, Ross Davis, Joyce Parker, Kim Phillips
2009 – Dana Simpson, Anthony Williams, Jerry Don Williams
2010 – Shery Friloux, Teresa Harbison-Perry, Clyde Smith
2011 – Jimmy Dill, Billy Johnson, LeQuita Smith
2012 – Tim Birdsong, Cindy Blackburn Proctor
2013 – Tim Condor, Aileen DaVault, Jimmy Patton
2014 – Mike Lawson, Karla Parks, Kelli Parks-Teafatiller, Shelly Purcell-Childree