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Terry Allen
Terry (James) Allen was on the first Albany ASA Softball Team that went to the Women's ASA Open Nationals. She was a part of the Dodge Girls Team that traveled to Parma, Ohio. Terry played First Base and batted .525 in her first National Tournament. The next year the name of the team changed to the Confederates. She earned the honor of being named All-State at her first base position. Terry later played for the Zep Stars of Albany. While playing for the Zep Stars she was named to the All-Region Team in 1973, again at the 1st base.
position. Terry's biggest acclaim to the sport of softball has been being named to the All-American Award while playing third base for the Getz Ladies of Atlanta. Her versatility enabled her second All-American award while playing catcher again for the Getz Ladies. She was able to accomplish all this despite three knee operations. After graduating from Georgia Southern in 1973, she was called to teach in Gwinnett County as the first physical education teacher hired for an elementary school. Her ability to teach was shown when even though she was not able to ride a unicycle, she taught a group that excelled and performed all over Gwinnett County in 1974-75. Terry taught and coached in the Gwinnett County School System for 30 years. Her first coaching experience  was at Five Forks Middle School where coached 8th grade girl's basketball for 6 years. During those 6 years Terry earned Middle School Coach of the year twice. While at Forks Middle School she was the first middle school educator that allowed students to choose their course selection. Numerous other schools copied this program. She served as the department Chair for several years. She assisted in developing new courses including Outdoor Education - Team Handball, Field and Street Hockey. Terry also served as the facilitator for the Physical Education network in Gwinnett, initiated a fitness program for teachers. She volunteered with Special Olympics and has worked with numerous other community and professional service projects. A couple years later she was given the opportunity to coach softball at Brookwood High School Despite being 9 months pregnant her first year of coaching she took the team to the State Tournament where Brookwood finished third. Terry had the baby 5 days later, the title of Region 8-AAAA Coach of the year has been bestowed upon her three times during the six years Terry coached at the high school. Her teams qualified for the State Tournament three out of the six years. She achieved the high honor of being named All-State Softball Coach of the North team in 1991. My first experience in organized sports was playing on a traveling fast pitch softball in Dekalb County called the Blue Angels. I played first base, "Allen said". She later moved to Albany in February l963 where there were no organized sports for girls. She decided to devote her time to music and had aspirations of going to FSU on a music scholarship and becoming a musical therapist or band director. "Thank goodness a parent saw my l potential and talked me in to going out for the high school basketball team," Allen said.

Robert Creel
Robert Creel, an Albany native, was born on August 6, 1942 to John H. and Vera D. Creel. Schools attended in Albany included Palmyra Elementary, Albany Junior High, and Albany High. Prior to entering high school in 1956, be participated in organized youth baseball, football, basketball and track and field sport activities sponsored by the City, local business clubs, and the YMCA. His interest and skills in sports grew even more in high school. He lettered in four different sports earning him a total of eleven individual varsity letters. Some of his accomplishments includes: started and lettered three years in football playing the center and linebacker position, Captain of the AHS undefeated 1959 State championship football team; selected by Sports illustrated to its 1959 high school football All-American team. Named to the Associated Press All-South team; Selected to the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State team; Awarded the Albany Touchdown Club's Best Blocker trophy and started  and lettered for four years on the varsity baseball team. While attending Albany High School, Creel also excelled in academics. He was Treasurer of both his  junior and senior classes; recipient of the 1959 Harold  McNabb Leadership Trophy; Senior class Superlative and President of AHS Block 'A' Club. Creel received a football scholarship to Florida State University. In freshman season, he was selected as a game captain and was a starter both on offense and defense. Unfortunately, he had to discontinue attending FSU because of family matters. He resumed college sports at Valdosta State in 1963 and for three years was a starter on the baseball team. The VSC team won the 1965 GIAC Baseball Championship. In 1965, be received a BS degree in Accounting with a minor in Business. While being processed for an honorable discharge from the National Guard in 1968, Creel was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. With a little more free time on his hands, he started coaching youth sports. They included little league and senior baseball, girl's fast and slow pitch softball, football to age 14, and basketball. Over 44 years he coached more than 35 different youth teams in Albany, Atlanta, Valdosta, GA and Charleston, SC. Robert served for four years on the Board of Directors Peachtree High School Football Touchdown Club. He has always taken an active role in his community by serving on the Board of Directors as both Treasurer and President for two different homeowner associations. Robert is a member of Kingswood Methodist Church. Creel, a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Internal Auditor, was the US. Southeast Regional Inspector General for Audit with the U.S. GSA Inspector General's Office at the time of his retirement. He retired with over 83 years of public service. Robert has been marred for 40 years to Linda Knight of Hawkinsville, Georgia. They have two children, Robert D. Creel and Susan C. Andrlse. The entire family including four grandchildren lives in the Alpharetta, GA area. Robert's older brother, John H. Creel, still resides in Albany, and his identical twin brother, Richard Creel lives in Acworth, GA.

Gordon Gruhl
Gordon L. "Gordy" Gruhl was born on July 1, 1951 in Columbus, Indiana. He
started his athletic career playing basketball and baseball for four years at Hausier High School in Hope, Indiana. He was soon recruited from Indiana to Georgia to play baseball for Valdosta State University, due to injury Gruhl was only able to pitch for one year. He graduated from VSU in 1975 and began coaching basketball. Over the Ěpass 31 years, Gruhl's basketball career record was 854-297. Within those years, he was a basketball coach for four years at Worth Academy in Sylvester, GA. before the school permanently closed its doors. He also coach four years at Edmund Burke Academy in Waynesboro, GA. and 23 years at Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany, GA. Overall, Gruhl's dedication for basketball led him to win 18 Region Titles, five state championships, 17 Region Coach of the Year Awards, five State Coach of the Year Awards, two AAA State Coach of the Year Awards , two Georgia Naismith Coach of the Year Awards and five Time "All Metro Coach" of the Year awarded by the Albany Herald. He also listed as one of the Top Ten Active coaches With the most wins in the State of Georgia, (854 wins) by the Georgia Tip-Off Club in Atlanta; Ga. During the 2007-2008 year, Gruhl lead his team to win the 3AAA Region Championship and Coach of the Year in Boys Basketball; AAA State Runner in Boys basketball, 3AAA Region Champion and Coach of the Year in Golf. Although Gruhl enjoys basketball, he also found time to play golf. He won 10 Region Championships, 10 Region Coach of the Year Awards, two AAA State Championships and two AAA State Coach of the Year Awards. Gruhl is happily married 32 years to Meredith Hamby Gruhl, a teacher and coach at Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany. They have two daughters, Katherine Elizabeth "Katie" Gruhl and Kelly Gruhl Ditty. Kelly married Darrell Ditty and they have a son, Joseph Benjamin "Ben" Ditty. Both of his daughters work at Phoebe Putney Hospital. His mother Mary Gruhl Scheidt who lives in Columbus, Indiana and one brother, Greg Gruhl in Tampa, FL.

Dermont Shemwell Jr.
Dermot Shemwell Jr. was born in Lexington, North Carolina and moved to Albany at the age of six where he lived most of his adult life. Shemwell Jr. attended Albany City Schools and was a 1933 graduate of Albany High School. During his senior year, he won four varsity letters-Football, Baseball, Basketball and Track. He was one' of only three students elected to the National Athletic Scholarship Society in his senior year. Shemwell received four sports letterman within that same year in football, baseball, basketball and Track. He was awarded an athletic and academic scholarship to Davidson College, North Carolina; and he was a member of the varsity football and baseball teams. Shemwell Jr. later returned to Albany, after Davidson, and became a business partner with his father in ''Armena Lime Mines and Farm". They were engaged in the mining, refinement and distribution of agricultural limestone. Also, they owned, bred and trained registered Tennessee Walking horses. "Armena" was a frequent participant in horse sthroughout the Southeast and became well known for high quality horsemanship. They owned, and trained two horses that won national celebration championship titles. In 1951, ''Bud" purchased and became President of "Mot Body Works" which custom designed and manufactured various sizes of refrigerated truck bodies. The business was sold in 1957 and he became General Agent and District Manager for Jefferson Pilot Financial/Life Insurance Company. He held this position until his retirement in March 1981. Shemwell Jr. accomplished a lot during his life time such as President and long time member of the Albany Lions Club; Charter member of Georgia High School officials Association; an active football official for over approximately 35 years; awarded lifetime pass recognition for outstanding service rendered to Georgia schools; Executive Secretary of Albany High School Officials Association for eleven years; past officer and long time member of the Albany Touchdown Club; Board member of the Albany Special Olympics; coached Little League and Pony League Baseball programs for ten years, fielding city championship teams several years. He married Mary Lewis in 1938 and was blessed with eight children and later eleven grandchildren.

Cecil Hamilton
A young Cecil ''Hambone" Hamilton started his football career as a tackle at Albany Junior High, and showed such promise that he was invited to practice with the AHS Varsity during that time. During his high school football career, he had more honors in football at Albany High School than any other player in the schools history through 1951. He ran interference and blocked for some of AHS greatest athletes, especially running backs. The Albany Touch Down Club named him player of the Week." He was also named All-Region 1AAA and All-South Georgia Honor Teams in 1950. In 1951, he was named All-Southern; he was again named All-Region 1AAA. Within that same year; Hamilton was unanimously elected Football Team Captain by his teammates. At 15 years of age and 195 pounds, Hambone" won a varsity tackle starting spot. He was quickly touted as on of the best linemen to come along years. He continued to play 1st string tackle until his graduation. Worried about not having the money for college, when Hamilton entered Albany High he signed up for shop classes. Jack. O'Brian cornered him and "asked why he wasn't in 'his Algebra Class. Hamilton responded that his family could not send him to college, and he was taking classes that would help him make a living once he graduated from AHS. Coach O'Brien quickly let Hamilton know that his talent in football was such that he would not need his family to finance his college career ... and that he could count on being granted a full football scholarship by taking the needed courses. He had Hamilton meet him before school the next morning to adjust his schedule to meet college entrance requirements. In December 1951, he signed a full 4-year football scholarship to the University of Florida. A proud moment he attributes to Coach O'Brien's instrumental in obtaining his degree from University of Florida. During his freshman year at the University of Florida, Hamilton spent his freshman football season year being seen by a number of doctors throughout the state, due to near-fatal injuries experienced in January of 1952. He worked in the Training Room until late in the season. He was able to go through Spring Training, now one season behind. Throughout most of his years at UF, Hamilton had limited playing time. His senior year, he was awarded a letter, but playing time was still limited. Hamilton was still persistent; he did not give up. At the end of the Football season, the University of Florida was chosen to play the University of Miami in the New Year's Day Orange Bowl. During preparation for the game, the first team tackle was ruled academically ineligible, and the second team tackle was injured and unable to play. The third string down, Hamilton received his big break as the coaches called him up to start the game. Miami was expected to win by 20 points, but UF only lost by one point. It was termed a moral victory by one sports writer. "Hambone" played 37 plus minutes of the game and lost 25 Ibis. He made tackles on kick offs, recovered a fumble and scored very high in carrying out his assignments. After the game, sports writers were eager to interview him. They found it hard to believe he had been at Florida four years. After the Orange Bowl game, he received votes for Lineman of the Week for the State of Florida. Hamilton's loyal family includes his three sons. His son Scott has two daughters: Megan who is a junior at FSU and Sarah who is a freshman at FSU. Scott is a graduate of FSU and is Comptroller for Florida League of Cities. His son Russ has one son and two daughters: Matthew Hamilton, a senior at Texas A&M, Margaret, a senior in High School and Leslie, a sophomore in High School. Russ is a graduate of FSU and now a pilot for American Airlines. His son Mark has one son and one daughter: Daniel, 7th grade and Emberly, 3rd grade.

Derrick Moore
Derrick shares his messages of inspiration and motivation with more than 100,000 people annually. With his unique style of word pictures, props, humor, and wit. Derrick is able to command the attention of any audience. Greatness is within You, The Cheerleading Mentality, How to Win on the Road, As a Man Thinketh Perspective is Everything "at Happens When You Make It Personal, and Don't Look Down are just a few of his life changing speeches that will leave you wanting Moore. The speaking circuit has taken Derrick to more than 30 States and has made him one of the more requested and sought after speakers in recent years, Professional sports teams. and corporations alike, book Derrick to inspire and challenge their teams. Derrick is also the author of Moody Publisher's inspiring release, The Great Adventure. This title is written primarily to youth to help them understand what success is. His next title, It's Possible will be released with Kregel Publications in January of 2008. Derrick is a former NFL Running Back for the Atlanta Falcons. His career also led him to the Detroit Lions where he played alongside Hall of Fame Running Back, Barry Sanders. As the starting back for the Carolina Panthers, Derrick holds the expansion rushing record for a running back, which stands to this day. Next, Derrick Spent two outstanding years with the Arizona Cardinal. He was an All-American Running Back for Northeastern State University and was provided the unique opportunity of being the Keynote Speaker at his own commencement. His other collegiate honors included becoming the  Most valuable player in both the Hula Bowl and Blur Gray All Star football classics. Derrick Moore now holds a leadership role as the Developmental Conch/Chaplin for the legendary Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Derrick serves as an advisor and counselor on behalf of the Athletic Department and provides assistance in the areas of Leadership team building, relationship development, and personal fulfillment. Derick. and his wife, Stephanie are proud patents of three children. Stephanie is also a well-published author, www.stephanieperrymore.com. Derrick will leave any audience fired up to realize their goals. A 1985 Monroe High School graduate, Mr. Moore was running back and gave his best effort in each game he performed; a hardworking and coachable Athlete who had a vision of moving to higher heights. He was recruited by several schools, but chose to attend ASU. Later he transferred to Troy State and then to Northeastern State University from where he was drafted by the NFL Detroit Lon's,

Nominating and Selection Committees

From left to right, Debbie Devane, Johnny Seabrooks and Aileen Conner. Not Pictured are Bobby Stanford, Lynn Haggerty, Joe James, Robert Hydrick and Jerry Brimberry

From left to right on the top row are: Robert Margeson, Gordon Dixon, Frank Orgel, Shirley Brown and Wilbur Wright. From left to right on the bottom row are: Margaret Jo Hogg, Pam Hill and Maxine Strickland. Not pictured are Paul Eames, Glen Zuem and Jerry Clark.

Board of Directors
Drew Altman, John Vansant, Diane Benford, Barbara Coleman, Chris Cannon, Eddie Mecks, Suzanne Daviss,
 Fred Sharpe, Alan Dismuke, Debbie Gates Devane, Walter Strickland, Jerry Brimberry, Robert Margeson III, Wilfred Benson, Dennis Hester, Bobby Stanford, Aileen Conner, Frank Orgel, John Davis, Joe James, Cleve Wester, Wilber Wright, Johnny Seabrooks.
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