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2001 INDUCTEES

Jerry Clark
Jerry Clark is now retired but he has been a very recognizable face here in Southwest Georgia, being known as a hometown athlete and for his coaching future athletes in the Dougherty County School System. Jerry attended Albany High School, graduating in 1954. He received scholarship offers from several colleges to play football, basketball and baseball. He earned his BA Degree from Georgia Southwestern State University, his Masters Degree from Valdosta State University and his six-year Educational Degree from Troy State University. In high school Jerry lettered in baseball (4 yrs.), football (3 yrs.) and basketball (3 yrs.). He was Second Team All-Region Quarterback in 1954, Senior Superlative his Senior year and played American Legion Baseball four years with a .300 batting average for three years and a .500 batting average his fourth year. He lead the region in passing his senior year. Through his college years he played basketball and baseball, and was on the University of Georgia dive team. In college his accomplishments included A-1 District Second Baseman, second place District Batting Crown in 1955 and was Superlative Most Popular Boy in 1956. After college Jerry went into the U.S. Army Reserves for a year. Over the years, Jerry has taught Physical Education, Math, Biology, Business and Driver's Education. He coached football at several Dougherty County Schools. He was Assistant Principal at Albany Junior High from 1976 to 1978, and Principal at Albany Middle School where he worked until his retirement in 1989. In the community Jerry was a lifeguard and pool manager from 1952 to 1958, and he has been involved with the Albany Parks and Recreation Department. As a member of First United Methodist Church, Jerry has also been a past Sunday school teacher.


Stanley Floyd
Stanley Floyd is a 1979 graduate of Dougherty High School. Throughout his high school years he was considered to be one of the fastest in track. In 1980, Stanley was on the U.S. Olympic Team and won several races throughout that year. He was Olympic Trails Champ in 1980, defeated Allen Well of Great Britain and was a Gold Medalist at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. That same year he took home twenty-four 1st Places in International races, won the World Junior Record in 100 meter, was NCAA 100 Meter Champion, TAC/National Champion for 100 Meters and was ranked number one in the world in track. Stanley was accepted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and went on that year to take many world records. He holds the World Record for 50 yards in a time of 5.22, the World Record for 60 yards in a time of 6.04 and the World Record for 55 meters in a time of 6.10. Stanley also became National Indoor Track Champion for 60 yds., took 2nd Place at the Outdoor Track Championships and was ranked number three in the world of track. In 1982, Stanley took 1st place in the Indoor National Track Championship for 60 yards, 2nd Place NCAA for 60 yards and 1st Place NCAA for the 100 meter. He also beat a record time of 38.53 in the Anchor 4x100 meter Relay to Collegiate, was a Record holder for the NCAA 100 meter meet and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. After many successful athletic years, Stanley dealt with several injuries that took him through lengthy rehabilitation. In 1987 Stanley came back to be ranked number ten in the world for the 100 meter beating everyone except Ben Johnson. Then in the 1989 National Championship, Jerry came back to track again to win 2nd Place in a photo finish. Now residing in Houston, TX., Stanley is on the Houston Vice Squad.


Chris Norman
Chris Norman has been an athlete since childhood. In his early years he played baseball at the Putney Youth Center and midget football with the Albany Parks and Recreation Department. Later, he played football and basketball during his years at Radium Springs Junior High School. During this time he also played baseball in the summer pony and colt leagues. In his years at Dougherty High School (1976-I980), Chris continued to play football and baseball. In football, Chris was quarterback and punter and in baseball he was pitcher and played short stop during his junior and senior year. In his senior year he pitched on the baseball team and because of his outstanding performance the Cleveland Indians drafted him in the twenty-forth round, but he already knew he wanted to play professional football. After high school the Cincinnati Reds expressed interest in signing him because of his impressive performance record but Chris went to th~ University of South Carolina to play football and baseball. While at the University of South Carolina, Chris punted and excelled in performance with football all four years. Even though the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys were interested as well, Chris chose to play for the Denver Broncos. With the Denver Broncos, Chris played for two full years and part of a third. His second year, the public relations agency in Denver said that his net average was the best in the American Football Conference. Also in his second year he was ranked in the top ten in the conference. On October 20, 1985, Chris received the game ball after a game with the Seattle Seahawks. In this game he punted 11 times for a forty-seven yard average, including four punts inside the Seattle twenty yard line. Chris was the fourth Dougherty High School player and the fifth Albanian to play in the National Football League when the 1984-85 season opened.


James H. Gray, Jr.
James H. Gray, Jr., known as Jimmy" to many was a genuine man who was dedicated to the commuity. On Monday, January 8, 2001, James H. Gray, Jr. lost his life after battling a lengthy illness. As many have spoken on his behalf, it is said that Jimmy loved Abany and was dedicatd to improving the quality of life in Southwest Georgia. Jimmy moved to Abany when his father James H. Gray, Sr. purchased the Albany Herald newspaper. He attended Albany High School where he played baseball, a game he loved. He went to the University of Georgia where he graduated in 1966 earning a degree in classics and history. Afterwards, Jimmy joined the United States Army and did four tours in Vietnam. As a member of the elite Special Forces unit, Jimmy attained the rank of Captain and received a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor and Oak Leaf Cluster, an Air Medal, an Army Commendation with Valor Medal, a Purple Heart and a Vietnam Service Medal with three stars. When Jimmy returned home in 1972 from Vietnam he went to work at the Albany Herald as a staff writer and news editor. In 1973, Jimmy became city editor and in 1974 became executive editor. After twelve years of dedication and seeing everything from the first edition being printed with an offset press in 1977 to being the first newspaper to publish that Nelson Rockefeller would be Gerald Ford's running mate in 1980, Jimmy was named editor and co-publisher of the Albany Herald in 1986. At that time he also became vice president and member of the board of directors of Gray Communications Systems. Jimmy was named president of Gray Communications in 1988. As a member of the Southwest Georgia community, Jimmy was involved in many organizations. He served on many local boards including President of the United Way and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy was Vice President of the Albany Sports Hall of Fame and a founding member. James H. Gray, Jr. had a tremendous impact on the community and he is greatly missed. His wife Mary, and their two children; Virginia and James III survive Jimmy.
Board of Directors
 
Aileen Conner, Lisa T. Cox, David Guillebeau,
Dee Mathews, Henry Stern, Pete Thompson,
Frank Demming, Brandon Seely, Ducky Wall, Pat Field, Hill Gillespie, Frank Orgel, Larry Owens, John Davis, Pat Field, Bob Geiger, Dennis Hester, Joe James, Hilton Longshore, Helen McCorvey, Michelle Oaks, B.B. Rhodes, John Vansant, Cleve Wester, Pete Cox, Paul Robertson, Wilber Wright.

 
Selection Committee
 
  Back Row L-R: Ferrell Henry, Paul Eames, Frank Orgel,
Gordon Dixon, Middle Row L-R: Glen Singfield,
Bob Fowler, B.B. Rhodes, Front Row L-R:
Betsy Seely, Judy Powell.
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