TJC set to induct six into Circle of Honor

Published on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:27 - Written by

Tyler Junior College will recognize a new group of inductees into the TJC Sports Circle of Honor during an awards luncheon on Saturday on the TJC Main campus.

The awards ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Gentry Gym, inside the Ornelas Health & Physical Education Center. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held for inductees, their guests and members of the TJC Alumni Association. The reception will take place in the Floyd Wagstaff Museum, located inside Wagstaff Gym.

Inductees will also be introduced to the crowd during half-time of Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Panola College. The ladies’ game against Panola begins at 2 p.m. and the men’s teams play at 4 p.m.

This year’s inductees are:

— Ivory Lee Brown, football, 1988-89

Ike Forte, football, 1973-74

— Mandy Nall, tennis, 1987-89

— Scott Stewart, tennis, 1987-89

Terry Stillabower, basketball, 1964-66

Delton Wright, football coach, 1981-95

“One of the great pleasures of serving as athletic director at TJC is to welcome back and recognize the accomplishments of our many former athletes and coaches,” said Dr. Tim Drain, TJC director of intercollegiate athletics. “This year’s class of inductees to the Sports Circle of Honor have achieved great success in sports and in life. We are honored to welcome them to the fold.”

The Circle of Honor was established in 1995 to honor former TJC student-athletes, coaches and special contributors to the athletic program who have excelled in athletics and made an impact on the lives of others.

The day has also been proclaimed Alumni Day at Wagstaff Gym. Members of the TJC Alumni Association will be admitted at no charge to the basketball double-header.

For information about the day’s events, call 903-510-2588.

Previous inductees into the Circle of Honor are: Floyd Wagstaff, football and basketball coach and athletic director; Brady P. Gentry, special contributor; James “Babe” Hallmark, football and football coach; Charlie McGinty, football and football coach; Billy Jack Doggett, basketball player and athletic director; Roy Thomas, basketball player and coach; Lee Ann Riley, basketball player and coach; Fred Kniffen, tennis coach; Robert Cox, tennis player and coach; Harry Bostic, Kelly Chapman, Herbert Richardson, O’Neal Weaver, James “Poo” Welch, BonnieBuchanan Gray, Russell Boone, Janice Mulford, V.C. “Buck” Overall, Jose Palafox, Foster Bullock, Van Samford, Milton Williams, Jesse Marshall,Robert Pack, Johnny Johnston, Jana Crosby Russell, Bryan Miller, Ardie D. Dixon, C.L. Nix, Evelyn Joe Troell Newman, David Rodriguez, Jack Sweeny, Scotti Wood, Rosie Aldridge Smart, Acker Hanks, Burl Plunkett, Tommy Sawyer, JimmyEdelen, Vern Lewis and Charlotte Reescano, basketball; Bill “Tiger” Johnson, David Lunceford, Jimmy Murphy, Mack Pogue, Jimmy Dickey, Leon Fuller, Bill Herchman, John Linney, Dan Page, Lawrence Strickland, Dwain Bean, Kenneth Bahnsen, Kenneth Coffey, Jack Murphy, Raymond McGallion, Gene Shannon, Charles Quilter, Royce Townsend, Earl Dotson, Jim Wright, Lloyd L. Pate, Robert “Bob” Price, Richard Farris, Robert Talkington, Aubrey Schulz, Bobby Page, Wayne Hill, Donnie Murphy and Gene Staples, football; and Dessie M. Samuels, Judy Kniffen Clardy and Randy Mattingley, tennis.