Several new members were inducted into the Williamson High School Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon at the historic Mountaineer Hotel in downtown Williamson.
The 2012 inductees include Jeff Hensley, Jim Hays, Ronnie Ferrell, Raymond “Tex” Childers, Garrett “G” Gregory, Ben Hannah, Charlotte Oliver Sanders, Doug Ward and Greg Hurley.
The weekend festivities for the WHS Hall of Fame started on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. with a “Meet the Pack” event at the Williamson High (Middle) School cafeteria. The formal induction started at 12 noon on Saturday with a social hour. The actual induction ceremony and dinner was held at 1:00 p.m.
Hensley is a 1973 graduate where he played football from 1970 to 73. He was selected on the 1st team All Southern Football by the Charleston Gazette his senior season and was a 2nd team selection his junior season. He was also honorable mention All-state in Class AAA in 1972 and played in the Kiwanis Senior Bowl in 1973. He was also a Williamson Daily News (WDN) All-Area 1st team selection his senior season and 2nd team pick his junior campaign. Hensley also participated in track in the spring of his senior season.
Hays played football, basketball and ran track and was a 1974 graduate. He was a first team All- Southern selection his senior season and first team WDN All-Area team pick that same year. He received the Tony Gentile 110% Award and the Lions Club Pigskin Award his senior year. Hays was also a member of the National Honor Society for his academics.
Ferrell graduated in 1965 and was all-state and all-area his senior season. He played on the 1965 AAA state championship team. He was also the first umpire in the Tug Valley Board to work in the West Virginia State baseball tournament in 1992. He umpired high school baseball in the area for 30 years.
Childers played football and baseball for WHS and graduated in 1961. He was a member of the 1961 football team that played for the state championship. He was a standout lineman for his entire high school career. Childers also coached Midget League football in Williamson for 15 years.
Gregory graduated in 2003 and played football, basketball and baseball for four years. He was a member of the 2001 Class A state championship basketball team. He was all-state in all three sports, including a first team selection in football and basketball. He attended the University of Charleston on both a basketball and football scholarship. He was also on the WDN All-Area teams throughout his career. He was selected on the top 100 football list by the Charleston Gazette in 2002.
Hannah played all three sports while at WHS and is also a 2003 graduate. He was a member of the 2001 state championship basketball team. He was on the WDN All-area teams during his career. He received the Ben Hamilton Award and the 110% award at WHS. He was co-MVP with Gregory for basketball his senior season. He was selected on the top 100 football list by the Charleston Gazette in 2002. He was also named to the all-state lists during his career.
The late Charlotte Oliver Sanders was a graduate in 1938. She played basketball, volleyball and was a junior life saving (swimming) selection during her high school days. She also served on the WHS principal’s’ cabinet. Sanders was a longtime journalist for the Williamson Daily News.
Doug Ward was a graduate of WHS in 1982. He played football, basketball and baseball during his Wolfpack career. He was a 1st team WDN All-Area selection in 1981 and 82. He was a 1st team all-area football selection in 1981, an All-South selection and honorable mention all-state as a senior. He also lettered in basketball. Ward was picked as the Best All-Around Athlete in ’81 and ’82 and won the WHS 110% award his senior season. He coached at several schools in the county for several years and has been a baseball umpire for 28 seasons. He has served as a principal and educator for many years.
Greg Hurley graduated from WHS in 1965. He was a member of both the basketball and baseball teams. He was a WDN All-Area selection in ’65 and a member of the Class AAA state championship baseball team. He was on the all-tournament baseball team that season. He also played American Legion baseball four years and played college baseball at Morehead State University. He was also an outstanding member of the WHS band and a member of the all-state jazz band.
Past members of the WHS Hall of Fame, family and friends attended the event. The hall of fame event was held the same weekend as the King Coal Festival and the Chattaroy High School reunion.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the organization can contact Cecil Hatfield or Joyce Roddy. The address for the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame is 1726 West 5th Ave., Williamson, WV 25661-3019.