The Sarri County Sports Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame have been working to immortalize the greatest local sports personalities ever since its first class was announced in 2006.
140 athletes, coaches, teams, administrators, and influential members of the district’s community have been honored as members of one of two exclusive groups.
Six people entered the Hall of Fame last year. The hall is dedicated to people and their achievements. The Hall of Fame includes many former college athletes, famous state coaches, some of whom are still active, and administrators who have helped popularize athletics of all kinds.
The Ring of Honor is open to individuals and groups. This includes record-breaking teams from the last century, as well as people who have promoted athletics outside of a coaching or administrative role.
Since 2015, Ring of Honor has introduced two new members annually, and before that – four a year. RoH currently has 40 members.
The Sarri County Parks and Recreation Department recently opened applications for the 2021 Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor classes. As the district seeks new faces to immortalize, we look back at those who were previously introduced into each category.
HALL OF FAME
• 2006 – John Charles, Barry Hall, Jerry Hemmings, Jerry Hollingsworth, Ron King, Rex Mitchell, Wallace Shelton, Kevin Strickland
• 2007 – Charles D. Atkins, Delmer Atkins, Tom Childress, Richard Grissom, Charles Moir, Sam Moir, Tony Searcy, Terry Strickland
• 2008 – Angela Harbor Mayfield, Benny Moss, Bobby Atkins, Fred Folger Jr., Jerry Steele, John Hamilton, John Yockley
• 2009 – Jack Childress, Todd Greenwood, Wayne Mozinger, Natalie Nester, Richard Patterson, Bobby Timmons
• 2010 – James Edwin Holleman, Sarah White McMillen, Judy Vaughn Johnson, Mike Cook, Billy Cox, Benjamin Callahan III, Larry McCann, James (Jimmy) Hiatt
• 2011 – James Brim, Dennis France, Jeff Hayes, Derrick Hill, Randy Dale Joyce, Amber Watson Reed, Jim Wilmot, Bernie Young
• 2012 – John B. Anderson, Ed Callaway, Donald Davis Sr., Blois “Bad” Grissom, Richard Hauser, F.A. Martin, Ben Norman, Kelly Jack Swift
• 2013 – John Charles Jr., Mike Chatham, Gordon Jones, James Daniel Lynch, Jarrett Martin, Robert “Doc” Wall
• 2014 – Alfred “Chubby” Dean, Dean Hall, Tina Lane Hifner, Melanie Bledsoe Hudspeth, Robert Smith
• 2015 – William Hawkes, Faye Danly Hudson, Tony Martin, Tyler Sanborn, Brent Stillman, Linda Stillman
• 2016 – Brenda Wall Bledsoe, Stephen Caudill, David Diamond, Tony George, Vicky Hardy, Will Holtowser
• 2017 – Johnny Coble, Rebel Good, Neil Joyner, Michael Richardson, Frank “Shine” White, Keith Whitman
• 2018 – James Blackburn, Keri Whitehead Campbell, Scott Houser, Harry Monday, Sarah Parker Stroud, Willard Lee Swift
• 2019 – Ernie Beamer, Lonnie Bledsoe, Chadwick Casstevens, Tony Duncan, James Hayes, Kelly Karnes
• 2020 – Kelly Holder, Justin Jones, Richard Godwin Joyce, David Mabe, Ted McBride, Joe Simmons Jr.
RING OF HONOR
• 2006–1963. East Surry High School football team, Thom York, Ronald Johnson, North Surry High School basketball team 1989
• 2007 – Gary York, 1946-1950 Mount Airy Graniters, North Surry High School basketball team 1967, Floyd Rees
• 2008 – Dr. Skip Whitman, Eddie Wilmot, Barney Hall, 2003 World Senior Softball Championship in East Sarri Minor League
• 2009 – Charles Ernest, Terry Pruett
• 2010 – Ronald Boyles, 1965 Sarri Central High School football team, 1964 East Sarri High School basketball team
• 2011 – Fred Patterson, 1967 Elkin High School Football Team, Chatham Blanketeers
• 2012–2002, Mount Airy High School Boys Basketball Team, Robert H. Moody, Al Peavy, Keri W. Campbell, Christie Sanders
• 2013 – 1934 Dobson High School Basketball Team, 2003 Elkin High School Football Team.
• 2014 – 1935 Dobson High School basketball team.
• 2015 – Dobson High School Basketball Team 1933, Roy Vernon
• 2016–2001 East Surry High School Women’s Basketball Team, David Beale
• 2017 – Wayne Edmonds, Jimmy Miller
• 2018 – Ann Hollar Garner, Jim Hemrick
• 2019 – Katrina Alexander, Linda Davis
• 2020 – Catherine Clocky, Ricky Thomas