The Gibson County Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1995. Below is a list of the inductees from Peabody High School. As the page is built, we will add bios and pictures of each individual.
1995: A.F. Bridges, Walter Kilzer, Wallace Wade
1996: Harry Ferguson, M.C. Joyner, R.L. Radford
1997: Don Berry, Dr. David Sisk
Dr. David Sisk
1998: Robert A. Long, John L. (Johnny) White, Dave McCulley
1999: Bill Roberson, Clifford Scott
2002: Mamie Freeman, Steve Hay
2003: Frank Gibson, Jim Graves
2004: James Gerald (Jerry) Barber, Ken White
2005: Robert Lee Cotham, Gary Smith (Contributor)
2006: Robert Lane (Bub) Holt
2007: Harry Coleman, Robert (Rabbit) Montgomery (contributor), Willie Burnett, Peabody Football Team of 1940
He was a history maker as a sports official. Trenton native, Willie L. Burnett, became the first African-American football official in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), officiating games for 21 years, from 1971-1992. He also officiated high school basketball and football for 37 years, starting in the Trenton area, and moving into the Nashville and Clarksville associations.
Burnett graduated from Trenton Rosenwald, in 1950, where he starred as a basketball and football player. He played basketball two years at Lane College, in Jackson. After serving in the Army from 1953-55, he earned his B.S. from Lane in 1956, a M.S. from Tennessee State and Murray State, and 45 hours above his Masters from Austin Peay.
He devoted over thirty years to a career as an educator. He was principal of Williams Chapel Elementary School in Humboldt and a teacher at Polk Clark High School, in Milan. He also taught at Burt-Cobb Elementary and Greenwood Jr. High, in Clarksville, was an Assistant Principal at Fort Campbell High School, and principal at McHaffey Middle School, from 1983 until retirement, in 1992.
Burnett served twenty years on the Clarksville City Council (1972-2002), the first African-American elected. He and his wife, Imogene, reside in Clarksville, and have three children; Louis, Kim, and Sheri.
"Rough and tough" described Harry Coleman as a starting tackle on Peabody's 1940 undefeated Big 10 Champion football team. The stout lineman was an offensive and defensive anchor on one of the best gridiron squads in West Tennessee history. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was named All-Conference and first team All State. He started in the 1940 Tennessee vs. Arkansas All-Star Shrine Game, played at Crump Stadium, in Memphis. The Tennessee team, coached by Vanderbilt assistant, Paul "Bear" Bryant, defeated Arkansas by a large margin.
Recruited by Vandy, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Tennessee, Coleman chose Tennessee. He played on UT's Sugar Bowl team, which beat Tulsa. In 1943, Coleman was called into the U.S. Air Force, undergoing pilot training for B29 Bombers. He flew more than 15 combat missions over Japan.
Returning to Trenton, he started a dry cleaning business. He and wife, Mary "Sissy" Karnes, raised three daughters; Sally, Melinda, and Rebecca. Now retired, Harry enjoys hunting, fishing, and is an avid golfer.
Robert "Rabbit" MontgomeryThey called him “Father Time.” The late Robert F. “Rabbit” Montgomery devoted fifty years as the clock operator and scoreboard keeper for sports at Peabody from 1937 to 1987. He was being inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously as a contributor.His longevity at the scorer’s table was unequaled in the school’s history, and he was respected for his time keeping accuracy and fairness. A student of the game in basketball and football, Montgomery knew the rules of both sports and ran both the clock and scoreboard with great efficiency. He was also well versed in the history of local sports. If he could not recite from memory outstanding games and performances, he would look up statistics from his extensive collection of records and memorabilia.A lifelong Gibson Co. resident, Montgomery was the son of Dr. L.H. and Sudy Montgomery. He was born July 26, 1910, and raised in the Riverside community. As a young child, Robert was stricken with polio, but survived with a noticeable limp with his left leg. He refused to let the handicap deter his participation in sports. In the first grade, he acquired the nickname “Rabbit” because of his impressive jumping ability. He played football at Peabody, where he was a drop-kicker and punter.After graduating from Peabody in 1931, Montgomery worked for City Drug Co. in Trenton for more than 30 years. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He passed away Aug. 20, 2000 and is buried in Trenton’s Oakland Cemetery.
1940 Peabody Football TeamThe 1940 Peabody team established a gridiron legacy in Gibson Co. by capturing the inaugural Big Ten Conference championship. The Golden Tide went undefeated against nine opponents, including a 53-0 shutout of Somerville in the conference championship. Their only blemish was a season ending 0-0 tie against Jackson High School, giving them a 9-0-1 record. Team members were: Prim Adams, Lee Austin, Joe Bennett, Kent Bennett, “Red” Bond, Gaylon Brown, Harry Coleman, Melvin Gwen, Jr.; Bobby Hart, Tommy Harwood, John D. Hicks, Billy C. Jones, Bubba Jones, J. L. Keathley, Walter Kilzer, Neal Koffman, Dewey Lloyd, Ira Long, R. A. Long, Wallace McBride, J. B. Nowell, Isham Summars, Chester Uselton, and coach M. C. Joyner.Playing the second season at the new Freed Field, the Tide was described as “looking like a college team playing a high school team each Friday night.” The team had four All Big Ten members: Walter Kilzer at end, Harry Coleman at tackle, Wallace McBride at center, and R.A. Long in the backfield. Coach Joyner was Big Ten Coach of the Year. R.A. Long was one of four Tennesseans all time named to the All-Southern Team.Kilzer, Coleman, McBride and Long started in the 1940 All-Star Shrine game at Crump Stadium in Memphis. Coached by the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant, then an assistant at Vanderbilt, the Tennessee all stars defeated the Arkansas all stars.Six Tide players had major college careers: Walter Kilzer (Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech), Harry Coleman and R.A. Long (Tennessee), Isham Summers (Kentucky and Arkansas), Wallace McBride (The Citadel and Memphis State), and Robert Jones (Tulane).Joyner, Coleman, I. Long, Lloyd, Hicks, Jones and Summars interrupted their football careers to serve their country in World War II. Hicks lost his life in the war.
2008: Jimmy Maitland
Jimmy MaitlandThey nicknamed him “Sure Shot.”In the 1950s era of great shooters on the basketball court, the late Jimmy Maitland was considered one of the best marksmen to play in Gibson County and West Tennessee. As a freshman on Peabody’s 1953-54 team, he made an immediate impact as a top substitute on a squad that included his brother Jerry Maitland and Don Berry, both All-West Tennessee players. Earning a starting role his sophomore season, Maitland helped Trenton reach the quarterfinal of the state tournament. In his junior and senior years, Maitland developed a reputation as one of the area’s top scorers and earned the nickname “Sure Shot.” His junior season (1955-56), he scored 483 points, a 17.9 ppg average, and was named All-West Tennessee. Maitland elevated his game to an even higher level his senior year, scoring 729 points, a 23.5 ppg average. He finished in the top five in Tennessee in total points and was named Second Team All-State, prior to school classification.Born in 1939, Maitland grew up in a sports-minded family. The outstanding hand-eye coordination that made him an accurate hoop shooter also contributed to his talent as a baseball player, golfer, and outdoorsman. He achieved success as a baseball pitching ace and sure-handed infielder on youth, high school and adult league teams. He threw several no-hitters in youth and high school games and helped lead Peabody to a baseball District title and runner-up finish in the Region.Graduating from PHS in 1957, Maitland was considered the best second baseman in the Country Boys Summer Community Baseball League. He also served as summer league baseball-softball coach many seasons and regularly turned low draft choice players into all-star caliber performers. Taking up golf at middle age, Maitland’s ability to consistently shoot good scores made him a sought after player for scramble tournaments. He was the Pinecrest Senior Club Champion and recorded a hole-in-one. He was also respected as a hunter and fisherman, and his advice on locating fish was sought by guides and others. He frequently returned home with bag and creel limits and won or placed in many fishing tournaments.
Maitland passed away in December 2002 after a lifetime of accomplishments in sports. He and wife Barbara McFadden Maitland had two children, Greg and Gina Maitland Abbott and five grandchildren. Maitland worked at Brown Shoe Company and was in charge of maintenance at Peabody Place.
2009: Jim Nunley
During a successful 40-year football coaching career, Jim Nunley was known for always avoiding publicity. But the linemen he coached never shied away from contact with opponents on the gridiron. Nunley earned a reputation as one of the best high school football line coaches in Tennessee. His linemen were noted for sound fundamentals, outstanding technique, and hard hitting. His ability to develop line players helped Trenton Peabody compete and win against larger schools during his 32 years as a coach with the Golden Tide. A humble man who avoided self glorification, Nunley said he found rewards by watching his players and teams achieve success through hard work.
The son of the late Jack and Emma Nunley of Hartsville, TN, Nunley starred at guard, tackle, and fullback at Trousdale County. The first football game he saw was one in which he played. He was All-Conference two years and won the Phil Dickens Football Award. He played 2 years at Indiana University and then transferred to UTM, where he played linebacker, guard, and offensive-defensive tackle, and won All-Conference honors.
He earned a B.S. in Secondary Education in 1964, and later a Masters in Administration. His first teaching and assistant coaching job was at Milan High in 1964. In 1965, he moved back to Hartsville, and for two years was the head junior high football coach, assistant varsity football coach, and head boys basketball coach. In 1967, he became assistant football and head track coach at Humboldt. In 1972, he accepted an offer from Peabody coach, Walter Kilzer, to be Peabody's offensive-defensive line coach. He remained at Peabody until his retirement in 2004, teaching Social Studies and Drivers Ed, and serving as assistant principal.
He was an assistant coach on 2 state runner-up football teams at Humboldt (1969) and Peabody (1991), and coached his two sons, Steve and Stan. Coach Nunley is married to Judy Ross Nunley, a retire guidance counselor at Peabody. They have two sons, Steve and Stan. Jim is a deacon and member of First Baptist Church, in Trenton.
2010: Tim Jackson
With his induction into the Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame, accomplished amateur golfer Tim Jackson is being enshrined for a fourth time. Jackson was previously inducted into the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame, Southern Golf Assoc. Hall of Fame, and Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.Jackson is the only Tennessean to play on two U.S. Walker Cup teams (1995, 1999). He played in six USGA State Team Championships. In 1994, he won his first of seven awards as Tennessee Amateur Player of the Year. He played in more than 35 USGA Championships and reached the quarterfinals or higher at six Mid-Amateurs. He is a two-time U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist, losing in 1994 to eventual champion Tiger Woods. He started playing golf at age 17 and was on the Trenton Peabody golf team before graduating in 1977. His championships include: USGA Mid Amateur Championships (1994,2001); Tennessee Mid Amateur Championship (1990, ‘97, ‘01, ’02, ‘05); Tenn. State Amateur Championship (1994, 1998, 2001 and 2005); Tenn. Match Play Championship (2005); Tenn. State Open (2002); 1998 North and South Amateur; 1995 Southern Amateur Four-Ball; 2001 Gasparilla Invitational; 2002 Pinehurst Invitational Four-Ball, and three Birmingham National Invitationals (2006-08).“Tim Jackson is a true gentleman golfer and has played the amateur game as well as any player in our state’s history,” said Tenn. Golf Hall of Fame president Dick Horton. “His record and character has represented Tennessee at the highest level of amateur golf and it’s a privilege to have him as a member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.”After graduating from The Univ. of Tennessee Martin with an Accounting Degree, Jackson was a partner in a CPA firm and is currently a real estate developer residing in Germantown, TN. He currently serves as President of the Tennessee Golf Association.Jackson and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Ben and Austin.
2011: Jerry Ferguson
Jerry FergusonLeading the Peabody Golden Tide football team in the mid 1950s, Jerry Ferguson displayed multi-dimensional skills at quarterback to earn All-American honors and a scholarship to Georgia Tech. He is generally regarded as the most complete quarterback in the history of Trenton football.A 1957 grad of Peabody High, Ferguson was a dual-sport athlete, lettering three years in football and basketball. At 6-3, Ferguson possessed the height, strength and toughness to be a force in both sports. But it was on the gridiron where he earned a reputation to secure his place in the Hall of Fame. Excelling in all fundamental phases, Ferguson developed a talent for making his teammates better and consistently helping them play to their strengths. He also played defense.After Peabody beat Brownsville 34-21, spoiling the Tomcats’ bid for an undefeated season, Jackson Sun sportswriter Jack Hilliard wrote, “Ferguson’s brilliant ball handling and passing were definitely the deciding factors in the contest. The dazzling signal caller for Peabody revealed his famed passing technique on only four occasions, but he connected on each toss, with one (to John Pollard) going for a 79-yard TD.” Ferguson also connected with Jerry Jones for a 50-yd. gain.Ferguson was described as the “mastermind” of Peabody’s offense. Blessed with tremendous arm strength and pinpoint accuracy, he also had an uncanny ability to option pitches at the precise moment, maximizing his teammates’ effectiveness in open field. He also used his size and power to gain critical yards in goal line, short yardage situations. His senior season in 1956, Ferguson led Trenton to a 7-3 record, including a 27-26 win over Humboldt for the Gibson Co. championship. His accolades included All-Big Ten, All-State and National High School All-American. Named as Peabody’s Best Athlete, Ferguson also served as Senior Class Vice-President.Attending Georgia Tech on a football scholarship, Ferguson was a highly regarded quarterback prospect. Tech coaches praised his passing talent, noting his ability to “thread a needle from long range.” They were disappointed that he only stayed at the school for a short time.
Ferguson currently lives in Rising Farm, Georgia
2012: Jimmy Milligan, Carmack Smith (contributor), Dr. Larry Williams, Dr. Jim Williams, Floyd Sinclair (Rosenwald), Peabody Boys Basketball Team of 1954-55, Rosenwald Boys Basketball Team of 1960-61, Peabody Baseball Team of 1929
Dr. Larry Williams
Dr. Jim Williams
1954-55 Peabody Boys BB Team
1960-61 Rosenwald Boys BB Team
1929 Peabody Baseball Team
Jimmy MilliganJimmy Milligan is known today as a natural athlete and loyal booster of Peabody High School, but it was his talent and leadership in football years ago that now earn him a position in the Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame.Born and raised in the Laneview-Trenton area of Gibson Co., Milligan was a football standout at Peabody from the fall, 1959 through fall of 1962. Playing center, Milligan earned many awards, including the first “Head Hunter Award” presented by legendary PHS Coach Walter Kilzer. Milligan served as co-captain on Peabody’s 1962 Little Cotton Bowl Championship team. He was also a leader in the classroom, being elected Senior Class President and receiving the Outstanding Christian Athlete Scholarship.After graduating from PHS in 1963, Milligan attended Murray State (KY) Univ. where he was a walk-on with the Racer football team as a freshman. He was an active member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and remains a devoted alum. Milligan graduated from Murray State with a B.S. degree in Business in 1968. After earning his degree, Milligan took a position at Southside High School in Jackson. He taught science and Phys Ed and was volleyball coach and assistant football coach from 1968 to the early ‘70s.Leaving teaching Milligan began a career in manufacturing with Kellwood Co. in Rutherford and Fairbury, Nebraska as plant engineer. After a year as plant manager in Hammond, LA, he transferred back to Tennessee. When Kellwood Co. closed, he became plant manager with Active Generation. In August, 1986 he opened his own manufacturing business, Five-M Apparel, where he has been for almost 26 years. Jimmy was named Businessman of the Year and received the Industry of the Year Award from the Greater Gibson Co. Chamber of Commerce along with other business awards. He has served on many committees for Peabody High School, including the new fieldhouse and new stadium projects. He also served in leadership roles in many civic organizations, including Elks and Lions. He has been a member of First United Methodist Church in Trenton for over 35 years, serving in Methodist Men and the Finance Committee.Milligan has been a Super Golden Booster at Peabody many years and supports several surrounding schools and organizations. He has always taken pride in donating letter jackets and wind suits to team members, coaches, sponsors, teachers and members of the community. He sponsors baseball and softball teams in the Gibson Co. area.Jim and wife, Sandy, have been married for 37 years and raised three daughters, all of whom graduated from PHS, along with two grandchildren. Having three generations of Peabody students is a proud accomplishment for the Milligan family.
Floyd SinclairA five-year starter for the Trenton Rosenwald High School basketball team, Floyd Sinclair developed a reputation as an outstanding all-around player and phenomenal scorer. A 6’, 3” inch, high jumping guard, Sinclair showcased extraordinary skills in all phases of the game, and he was known for his ability to put up points. He made a big impression on the high school coaches even at an early age. As a seventh grade student Sinclair earned a roster spot on the Rosenwald High School varsity basketball team. He went on to start on the high school squad for five years.Floyd played on several outstanding teams, including the 1960-61 Rosenwald Bears squad, which is being inducted into the Gibson County Sports Hall of Champions this year. The 1960-61 Bears compiled an outstanding 27-3 season record. Though he was a complete player, Sinclair excelled on the offensive end of the court. He was considered one of the best shooters in Gibson County and West Tennessee. He scored over 50 points in several games, and his career high output for a single game was 56 points. Sinclair played under Rosenwald coach Nathan Penn. A serious injury sustained during Sinclair’s senior season prevented the standout player from playing basketball at a higher level. A versatile athlete, Sinclair was also an all-star catcher in baseball.After graduating from Rosenwald High School in 1962, Sinclair moved to Joliet, Illinois, and took his first job at a tile company. He worked 15 years as a machinist, serving twelve years as president of the local union. Sinclair later managed a Ford auto dealership for eighteen years. He eventually retired due to health problems. Now a resident of Joliet, Sinclair said he continues to have fond memories of his hometown Trenton, his family, friends and former Rosenwald classmates.
Carmack SmithCarmack Smith left an indelible mark during a distinguished athletic and professional career, but his 35 years as a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic (TSSAA) football official are his signature accomplishment as he is inducted into the Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 as a contributor. Smith’s 35-year career as a football referee was highlighted by his officiating in TSSAA state playoff games in Memphis and Nashville (1986) and the Clinic Bowl state championship game in Nashville in 1994. Smith also worked in related responsible roles in school athletics. For more than 15 years, he served as the clock operator for basketball games at Milan High School. He was chosen as a charter member of the Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.Smith’s background for officiating was developed by playing football at Weakley County Training School in Martin and Lane College in Jackson. After graduating from Weakley County Training School in Martin in 1949, Smith participated in the Tennessee State University National Science Foundation Program. He attended Lane College in Jackson from 1949-53, where he earned a B.S. Degree and later a Masters Degree from The University of Tennessee at Martin.Smith’s career in public education included numerous positions. He was principal and teacher at Williams Chapel Elementary School in Humboldt; physical education and science teacher at Polk-Clark High School in Milan; physical education teacher at Park Avenue Middle School; and system-wide attendance supervisor in the Milan Special School System. Smith retired from the Milan Special School System in 1993.Smith’s professional accomplishments and community involvement has included serving as vice chairman of the Trenton Housing Authority for 28 years, being an active and dedicated member of the Martin Tabernacle CME Church where he served in many capacities, serving as a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, working as an officer on the Gibson County Election Commission for 15 years, and serving two terms as President of the Retired Teachers Association and receiving a Life Membership.Mr. Smith is married to Juanita Smith, a retired teacher in the Trenton Special School District. The Smiths have a son, Michael (and wife, Beverly) and two granddaughters, Maegan and Micah.
Dr. Larry WilliamsIn recognition of a lifetime of service to his community, the late Dr. Larry Williams is enshrined in the Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame posthumously as a contributor. Dr. Williams contributed his time and professional services as physician for Peabody athletic programs for 27 years (1976-2003). In August 2004, Peabody’s football training room was dedicated to Dr. Williams.On fall Friday nights for almost three decades, Dr. Williams could be found at Freed Field or wherever his beloved Tidemen were playing, and he was always ready to come to the aid of an injured player. In addition to providing sideline medical attention, Williams followed up with rehab treatment to help injured players recover and return to action as soon as possible. He saved expenses for Trenton Special School District athletic programs and players’ families by administering free physical exams. Dr. Williams also donated his expertise to help the basketball program. He was particularly fond of the state champion Lady Tide team on which his son, John Wesley, served as manager.Dr. Williams passed along his legacy as Peabody “team doctor” to his son, Dr. Jim Williams, who joined his practice in 1990 and began a partnership, which lasted until “Dr. Larry’s” death in 2003. Dr. Jim has served as Peabody team physician for 22 years and is also inducted into the Hall of Fame as a contributor this year.Larry Williams developed a love for sports as a student at Medina High School, where he worked as basketball manager and later played on the Hornets’ team. Graduating from Medina, he attended Lambuth Univ., where he graduated with a B.S. in science in just three years. In fall of 1959, he began medical school at The Univ. of Tenn. Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. Graduating in 1962, he began his internship with the public health service in Baltimore, Maryland. He then went on as a commissioned officer to practice at the Framington Heart Institute in Framington, Mass. In December, 1966, Larry moved his young family to Trenton to begin his medical practice at Gibson General Hospital and the Doctor’s Clinic. He served the community as a Scout leader and was known as an avid Univ. of Tennessee football fan.Dr. Williams passed away from cancer in October, 2003. He was married to the love of his life, Jenny, for 24 years. They had seven children – Susan (Dallas, TX), Steve (San Diego, CA), Charlie (Dyer); Jim, John Wesley and Cydney (Trenton); and Jodie Marie, who died at birth in 1987 - and four grandchildren, Abigail, Annabel, Conner and Olivia. His six children graduated from Peabody High School, and he passed down his love for sports to all of them.
Dr. Jim WilliamsDr. Jim Williams continues to give back to the Peabody school athletic program, where he played football for coaches Walter Kilzer and Glenn McCadams.In recognition of his 22 years of service as “team doctor” for Peabody athletics, Dr. Williams is inducted into the Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 as a contributor. Dr. Jim is inducted along with his father, the late Dr. Larry Williams. The Williams’ combined to give almost a half-century of service as team physicians for Peabody High School sports. In addition to rendering on-the field-medical aid, Dr. Williams provides follow-up treatments for injured players with office or fieldhouse visits to enable them to resume their playing careers as quickly as possible. Free physical examinations administered by Dr. Williams help defray expenses for Golden Tide sports programs and athletes’ families.After graduating from Peabody High School in 1980, Jim Williams attended the Univ. of Tennessee at Martin three years. He was then accepted to medical school at The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Memphis. After an internship and residency at Jackson-Madison General Hospital, Dr. Williams returned to Trenton in 1989 and began a partnership with his father’s family clinic. Jim followed in his father’s footsteps, continuing a legacy of community service by donating his time as team doctor. When his father passed away in the fall of 2003, Jim took over the family practice.In addition to attending most Peabody football games, Dr. Williams has also been active in supporting the Peabody Band of Gold. Daughters Abby and Annie were leaders in the band. Jim and wife, Rene, supported their daughters and never missed a halftime show or Saturday morning contest. Jim and Renee volunteered countless hours to the Band of Gold program and football team. In 2011, the Peabody Band Boosters dedicated the football guide in honor of the Williams’ contributions to the band and football programs.The Williams are active members in the First Presbyterian Church in Trenton, where Jim serves as an elder and Rene is employed as church secretary.
1929 Peabody Baseball TeamTrenton Peabody’s 1929 state championship baseball squad is the first baseball team to be inducted into the Gibson County Sports Hall of Fame. The ’29 team that claimed both West Tennessee and Tennessee state titles is enshrined in the Hall of Champions with the Class of 2012. Coached by A. Foster Bridges, who went on to become the first, full time secretary of the TSSAA, the 1929 Peabody baseball team captured the West Tennessee championship with a sparkling 13-2 record.Peabody principal Professor Wesley P. Flatt arranged a best, two-out-of-three series with the Middle Tennessee champion, Central High School of Nashville (17-0). The dramatic series was played in Trenton on May 30 and June 1. The teams split the first two games, Central winning the tight opener 2-1, and Trenton prevailing 5-1 in the second contest. The decisive rubber game of the series was played in front of a crowd of 3,000 fans. But the game was called in the top of the ninth inning due to rainfall, and a controversy ensued. Central trailed Peabody by one run, 3-2 and had two men on base in the ninth inning when the umpires called the game and declared Peabody the winner. Historical accounts of the game say the Peabody pitcher had deliberately taken his time on the mound after the rain started falling. The Central players and manager refused to abide by the umpires’ decision and filed a protest. Professor Flatt, who was the game official, consulted with the umpires and suggested leaving the matter to be decided by the State Athletic Association. Several days later, State Athletic Association President Fred S. Elliott ruled that the game was official and Peabody had won 3-2 to claim the state title.Members of the 1929 team were: Douglas Mathis, shortstop and pitcher; Jack Lemond, catcher; Charles Taylor, pitcher; Ed Pybas, third baseman; Tom Layman, first baseman; Neal Layman, centerfielder; Fitzgerald, rightfielder; McBride, leftfielder; Jones, second baseman; Light, centerfielder; Brown Lewis, scorer; and A. Foster Bridges, coach.
1954-55 Peabody Boys Basketball TeamTrenton Peabody High School’s 1954-55 state tournament basketball team is the first Golden Tide cage squad inducted into the Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame Hall of Champions. Loaded with athletic talent, the 1954-55 Peabody Tide basketball team had a roster that includes five players who have been inducted individually into the Gibson Co. Sports Hall of Fame because of stellar accomplishments in various sports. The Hall of Fame players on the 1954-55 team include: Don Berry (Hall of Fame Class of 1997), considered the best basketball player ever to compete at PHS; Jimmy Maitland (Class of 2008), called “Sure Shot” for his accurate shooting; David Sisk (Class of 1997), considered the smartest quarterback to ever play for the Tide; Clifford Scott (Class of 1999), considered the best running back to ever play for Peabody; and Jerry Ferguson (Class of 2011), considered the best quarterback to ever play for the Tide. Other team members of the ’54-55 Tide team were: coach Sam Goodman, Billy (Pee Wee) Alexander, Vernon Speer, Jimmy Jones, Alfred Barker, John Oliver, Robert (Hoot) Gibson and Jimmy Barker.En route to earning a berth in the state tournament, Peabody won District 14A and Region VII championships, defeating Union City 56-42 and Dixie 90-72. In the state tournament played at the old fieldhouse at Memphis State University, Peabody defeated Knoxville East 71-70 in the first game, but lost to Clarksville 65-47 in the second contest. The Tide finished the season with a 32-4 record in the era before schools were classified by size.The Peabody team was led by Don Berry, who scored 1,005 points during the 1954-55 season alone. He was only the fifth player in the state of Tennessee to score over 1,000 points in a season. Berry set Peabody’s single game scoring record of 62 points when he made 26-of-34 two-point field goals and 10-of-11 free throws in a game during his junior season. He earned all-West Tennessee and All-State honors during his senior year of 1954-55. In his career Berry amassed 2,127 career points.Jimmy Maitland earned a starting position on the 1954-55 team and eventually finished in the top five in Tennessee in total points scored during his senior year. He was named Second Team All-State.
1960-61 Rosenwald Boys Basketball TeamThe high powered 1960-61 Bears were one of the best teams ever to play basketball at Trenton Rosenwald High School. In recognition of an excellent 26-3 record and impressive tournament run, the 1960-61 Rosenwald Bears basketball team is inducted into the Gibson County Sports Hall of Fame’s Hall of Champions.A high scoring team, the Bears posted a 20-2 record during the regular season. Rosenwald then won the District Tournament played at Dyersburg and advanced in the Region Tournament held at Merry High School in Jackson. The Bears defeated Selmer in the Region but narrowly lost by just two points in a state tournament qualifying game, falling to Denmark West, which advanced to the State Tournament. The outstanding Rosenwald team came within one win of becoming the first Bears team to qualify for a berth in the state tournament. The Bears team was coached by Nathan Penn, who also taught history and social studies at Rosenwald. Members of the 1960-61 team included: Norman Buchanan, George Burnett, Marshall Easley, Jamie Fisher, James Green, Jimmy Hunt, Paul Johnson, Thomas Johnson, James Payne, Floyd Sinclair, Robert Sinclair and Charles Williams.Team member Floyd Sinclair is also inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012. A talented, all-around player, Sinclair started on the varsity as an eighth grader and went on to play on the first team, high school squad for five seasons. As a 6’3” guard, Sinclair was a prolific scorer who registered a single game, career high by scoring 56 points. He was recognized as one of the best shooters in West Tennessee.
2013: Danny Truett
Danny TruettA versatile, multi-sport athlete at Trenton Peabody High School, Truett earned All Big Ten honors in football and went on to play at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He later coached multiple sports teams at Trenton Peabody and Union City. He started the Goodyear Relays in Union City, one of the premier track events in West Tennessee and developed state champions in track. As a principal and administrator in the Huntingdon school system, he oversaw state championship teams and successful athletic programs.
2014: Charlotte Doaks
A 1975 Peabody graduate, Doaks earned MVP honors at both Peabody and UTM. In 4 years at Peabody, she scored 1,780 points, 4th best in school history. Her junior year, she led the Lady Tide to the program's first ever state tournament appearance, earning All-Tournament Honorable Mention. Twice named All-District and All-Region, she once scored 50 points in a game, as well as being selected to play in the TSSAA East-West All-Star Game. She played 4 years at UTM, being named MVP, Most Popular Athlete, and was selected to the Small-College and Tennessee Women's Sports Federation All-Tournament teams after leading the Lady Pacers to a win against Memphis State in the Small College Basketball Tournament. She graduated from UTM in 1980 with a B.S. in Education and taught in the TSSD for 33 years, retiring in 2013.
2015: Jim Elgin
2016: Barbara McConnell
Administrative Note: Individual pics are 165x235 and Team pics are 250x162