Class of 2019

The Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2019 during its annual induction banquet Saturday night. Pictured front row (left to right): Barry Chandler, Cindy Ricketts (representative for the late John O'linger), Judy Howland (representative for the late Bambi Howland), Marshan Jolley, James Drain and Casey Pruett (representative for the late Merle Pruett). Back row: Kramer Bergman, Greg Nix (representative for the late Chick Nix), Darrell Kirk, Charles Cobb, Ronnie Perkins and Mike Linville.

Charles Cobb’s most cherished memory from his high school  playing career in the early 1960s at the G.W. Carver School in Scottsboro was the one game his mother, Mary Marie Harris Cobb, got to see him play.

“The only game she saw me play was we played Howard High School,” Cobb said. “We beat them 12 points. I’ll never forget that. That was amazing.”

That memory was among the many that came flooding back for Cobb and his fellow inductees to the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.

The Class of 2019 inductees were Cobb, former national champion bodybuilding/powerlifting champion Kramer Bergman, former Scottsboro High School and Middle Tennessee State University  baseball player Barry Chandler, former Scottsboro High School and University of Alabama basketball player Charles “Bambi” Howland, former Stevenson High School and MTSU football player Marshan Jolley, former Bridgeport High School three-sport standout and NSM coach Darrell Kirk, former Scottsboro High School and Florence State University (now UNA) basketball player and longtime AHSAA basketball referee Mike Linville, former Scottsboro High School and Jacksonville State University basketball player and former Geraldine and Cleburne County coach Windell “Chick” Nix, former Scottsboro High School and University of Alabama football player John O’linger, former Woodville two-sport standout and former Snead State and Shelton State baseball player Ronnie Perkins, former Section state champion basketball player Merle Pruett and Contributor award winner James Drain.

Howland, Nix, O’linger and Pruett are deceased. Howland was represented by his wife Judy Howland, Nix was represented by his son Greg Nix, Olinger was represented by his daughter Cindy Ricketts and Pruett was represented by his son Casey Pruett.

The induction banquet was Saturday night at the Scottsboro-Goose Pond Civic Center.

“It was a wonderful night,” Jolley said. “It brings back memories of my teammates. This award is for them as well because I couldn’t have done it without them. You look back at your school years, your teammates, your coaches, and without them and your family, you couldn’t have made it here.”

Linville echoed that sentiment during the acceptance speech for the 2019 class.

“There were many people who had an impact on our lives,” he said, “and we express our appreciation to all those coaches and teammates and our families for supporting us. What an honor. How blessed we are to have been selected to this class?”

Kirk still remembers getting the call that he had been voted in for induction and called the induction banquet “a huge night for me, one I’ll always remember.”

Cobb joined his son, Vincent (Class of 2017) in becoming the JCSHOF’s first father-son duo inducted. The hall also has a pair of siblings in Vincent and Tyrone Robinson and Billy and Wallace Tinker.

“That’s a big honor,” said Cobb, who dedicated his induction to the memory of his mother and Vincent’s grandmother. “I thank God for that. I give God all the credit for that.”

The Class of 2019 was the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame’s sixth class since the JCSHOF was formed in 2014.

“It was a very good night,” said Greg Bell, the president of the JCSHOF Board of Directors. “Everyone who worked on or at this made it a very special event. The rewarding part is seeing those inductees watching their videos and they’ve got a tear running down their face. You see what it means to them. That makes it all worthwhile.”

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