DOBSON — Surry County Parks and Recreation has announced the Class of 2017 for the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame.
Each summer the Hall of Fame Committee accepts nominations for the next class, which is enshrined through a ceremony at Surry Community College. This year the unveiling will take place Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. at Fisher River Park in Dobson. Then the ceremony will follow at 4 p.m. in the SCC Auditorium.
No more than six nominees are inducted each year as either players, coaches or officials. Up to three others may be inducted into the Ring of Honor, which is for those who contributed to area sports in ways other than just playing, coaching or officiating (although some have also done those as well).
The Hall of Fame inductees for 2017 are Johnny Coble, Rebel Good, Neal Joyner, Michael Richardson, Frank “Shine” White and Keith Whitman.
The two selections for the Ring of Honor are Wayne Edmonds and Jimmy Miller Sr.
This varied group boasts five state titles, four all-state honors and a state scoring record.
The inductees include a retired county commissioner, a longtime Elkin journalist and the Hall’s first Special Olympics athlete.
• The late Johnny Coble starred on both the 1946 and 1947 state basketball championship teams for Mount Airy High School. He earned all-state honors in both basketball and football and played in the 1948 Shrine Bowl.
At Catawba College, Coble was a standout running back for four years.
As a teacher and high school coach, Coble won multiple coach of the year honors.
• Rebel Good spent 37 years as the editor and publisher of The Elkin Tribune, but it’s his contributions to tennis that earned him his spot in the Hall.
Good has served as a professional tennis umpire since 1985 and has called matches at the highest level of the sport both in this country and abroad.
Among these matches were several championship events for the Atlantic Coast Conference and other major collegiate conferences as well as the Olympics in 1992 (Barcelona) and 1996 (Atlanta). He served as the executive director for the N.C. Professional Tennis Umpires Association, responsible for assigning officiating to more than 30 North Carolina universities in NCAA Division I play.
• Neal Joyner has participated in every annual Surry County Special Olympics since its founding in 1978. Starting when he was only 8 years old, Joyner, who has Down syndrome, has competed in several sports including basketball, bowling, softball, aquatics and bocce.
Through 40 Olympics, he has earned 90 gold, silver, and bronze medals and is easily the most decorated athlete in the history of the Surry County Special Olympics.
• Mike Richardson decimated scoring records as a soccer player for Surry Central.
He once had 10 goals in a single game. He scored 87 goals as a junior, 92 as a senior and had 209 for his career. He set the state record for most goals in a game, season and career. His 92 goals led the nation his senior year. He is ranked third in the nation in career scoring.
He went on to play at UNC Greensboro, then played professionally for two years with the Charleston Battery.
• Frank “Shine” White was a three-sport athlete for Dobson High School from 1952-56. For basketball, he made the All-County First Team all four seasons.
As a senior he led the basketball team to a 20-3 record while leading the team in scoring (25 points per game) and rebounding. He led the baseball team to the county championship and into the state tournament.
He attended Oak Ridge Military Academy for a year on a full baseball and basketball scholarship. Later he served in the U.S. Army and played on its baseball and basketball teams.
Later, back home as a working adult, he participated in industrial league teams for both sports for more than two decades.
• Keith Whitman was part of Elkin’s powerhouse football teams that dominated the 2000s. He helped the school win three state 1A title and played in the East-West All-Star Game. And yet, his best sport was baseball.
He was an all-state player in baseball as a senior and went to UNC Pembroke to continue his career.
Pembroke’s all-time home run record was 40 until Whitman hit 46 over four years, including 14 in one season, which also matched the school’s single-season record.
• Wayne Edmonds played baseball at Dobson High School and served as an assistant coach at Surry Central and SCC for many years. But, it’s his other contributions that earned him induction into the Ring of Honor.
He was involved in starting a Little League program in Dobson and was a successful coach for the Salem Baptist Church Cardinals. He served as the Little League commissioner for six years. He also established and coached a Babe Ruth Baseball team in Dobson.
• Jimmy Miller is well known in these parts after spending 28 years as a county commissioner. During his time on the board, he spearheaded programs for helping youth sports in the county such as providing facilities and funding for leagues.
Miller also got out in the field himself, working as a Little League umpire for a decade or more. He also served as a Little League coach for about 15 years, and a Little League basketball coach for another dozen years.
He was one of the founding members of the Franklin Youth Foundation and served as president on three separate terms.
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.