CHURCH HILL-The cities of Rogersville and Church Hill/Mount Carmel all recently held Parks and Recreation Department Hall-of-Fame inductions, handing out honors to eight Hawkins County residents for their contributions to youth recreation in the area.
The most recent induction took place Thursday evening at Volunteer High School where East Tennessee State Head Basketball Coach Ed DeChellis was on hand as the keynote speaker.
DeChellis congratulated each of the honorees and commended everyone who works in youth programs. He also spoke of three principals he believes anyone associated with youth recreation should adhere to.
DeChellis' three principals are: Work Hard, Hustle and Never judge a book by its cover.
The Church Hill/Mount Carmel inductees were Johnny Parker, Charles Lindholm, Bobby Ford and Gary Garretson.
Parker was a director of youth athletics in Mount Carmel from 1959-1970 and coached from '59 until 1975. In addition, he umpired AABC baseball for six years.
Lindholm, inducted posthumously, was the President of Little League Baseball from 1973 until 1978 and coached for 11 seasons.
He called games for five years and coached basketball at Carters Valley Elementary from 1966 until 1971.
Ford coached T-ball in 1981 and 1983 and has called the shots for the Cowboys football team for 19 years, from 1983 to present.
Currently he serves on Church Hill/Mount Carmel's Recreation and Parks Board.
Garretson coached the Packers football team from 1980 through 1994 and served as the tackle league president for two years.
He also coached the Church Hill/Mount Carmel All-Star team and will begin serving on the Recs and Parks Board this month.
Church Hill and Mount Carmel also awarded C.A.R.E. Awards to four individuals: Keith Ramey (baseball/softball), John Gray (basketball), Jerry Quillen (football) and Anthony McPeek (umpire).
At Rogersville's Hall-of-Fame induction a week earlier Hale Vance, David Pearson, Jess Jones and Pam Mayo were added to the municipality's honor roll.
Vance was inducted for his work with Music Junction.
Pearson was nominated and entered into the Hall for volunteering as a youth coach.
Jones was inducted thanks to his volunteer work performed at the Rogersville City Park.
Mayo, the lone female inducted at either ceremony, was recognized for being "a great promoter of tennis in the community."
Special recognition was given to Harry Lackey, "a strong Park supporter who passed away recently," according to Parks and Rec officials.
Betsy Clevinger and her sister, Julia Pearson, on behalf of the Clyde Ross family, plan to plant a tree in the Park in Lackey's memory, it was reported.
Also, the 1985 Little League State Champions, the Rogersville Reds adult fast-pitch softball and 2002 Cal Ripken State Champion 12-year-old All-Stars were recognized.
Make a Difference awards were issued to Brian Price (girls basketball), George Bentley (boys basketball), Steve Gillenwater (youth football), Vera Whidby (cheerleading), Rocky Shanks (softball), Jackie Blair (baseball), Willie Mallory (Music Junction), Patti Crawford (special events), Dillon Barker (Flying Fish swim team), David Testerman (umpire/football), Samantha Napier (scorekeeper/basketball), Michael Anderson (umpire/baseball), Don Gaston (4th of July), Joe Hood of Hood Industrial Coaters (basketball), Larry Vickers of Larry Vickers Auto Group (baseball), Cherokee Raceway Park (football).
Park staff part time employees Eric Sandefur, Matthew Elkins and Scott Lamb and Director Mary Jane Fink were also recognized.
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