First class of the Toombs County High School Hall of Fame will honor 18 inductees

On October 21 at 2 p.m. in the Toombs County High School Auditorium the first class of the Toombs County High School Hall of Fame will be inducted. Three coaches and 15 athletes will be honored. Admission is free and everybody is invited to come and celebrate Toombs County’s athletic history.

Jay Mosley talks about the Toombs County Hall of Fame 

 

Jay Mosley headed a group which went through a list of roughly 75 names to come with the final 18. To be elgible you have to have coached or played at one of five schools- Lyons HIgh School, Lyons Industrial High School, Lyons Senior High School, Toombs Central High School and the current Toombs County High School.

Coaches

(Click on names for links to more information or videos)

Anson Callaway He coached the Bullpups to many championships. He was the director of the Lyons Recreation Department where he started the Lyons Youth Tournament and made Partin Park what it is today.

Kevin Hill- He started the wrestling program at Toombs Coutny High School which has produced many state champions. Also, he was the TCHS Athletic Director and an assistant football coach.

Jacky Jones– He was the head football and baseball coach at Lyons Senior High School and for the first two years and he was the head football coach of the Toombs County Bulldogs for the first two years after the merger. Jones coached the Bulldogs to a state championship football in 1975. He also coached girls basketball for 28 years. The Lady Bulldogs went to the state tournament twice.

 

Athletes

Mel BlountHe played for football, baseball, basketball and ran track for Lyons Industrial High School. Blount played football at Southern University and was drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mel was a four-time Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played in five Pro Bowls and in 1975 led the NFL in interceptions and he was the AFC and NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Adolph “Sluggo’ Campbell- He wore number 77 and was an All-State lineman in 1973 for Lyons Senior High School. Sluggo went on to play at Texas Southern. He started in the North-South All-Star game in high school and was a linebacker in college. 

Eugene “Cornbred” Corbitt- He was an All-State half back and safety for Lyons Senior High in 1975 and he played on the GHSA State Championship team. He was a speed demon who broke off a legendary run in the state championship game off a screen pass in which he broke eight tackles on a 40-yard run.

Johnny Durst- He was nicknamed”Nitro” and he was an All-State quarterback and linebacker for Lyons High School in 1967. The 1967 team played Washington Wilkes for the state championship. He was a hard hitting lineman and a starting linebacker in college at VMI. 

Nick Eason He was an All-State football player in 1997 for Toombs County High School. Also, played on a TCHS basketball team that played in the state tourney in 1998. Nick was a starting defensive lineman for the Clemson Tigers and played for Denver, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Arizona in the NFL. He played on a Super Bowl Championship team in Pittsburgh. He played in 47 games, at Clemson, starting in 35 and finished his career with 153 tackles and 15 sacks. He currently is the defensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans.   

Russell Ellis- He was a 1970 All-State half back and safety for the Lyons High Bulldogs. Russell played in the North-South All-Star Game.

David Faircloth- He pitched at Toombs Central and had a real fastball which was unhittable. He threw in the 90’s. 

Clara Harden- She was a 1979 graduate of Toombs Central and played basketball for Bill Warren. Claire also ran track.

Ladson Helms- He was a state champion in track and ran the 100 in 9.7 and also won the 200. 

Tim Mimbs– He was an All-State offensive and defensive lineman on the 1975 Lyons Senior High GHSA State Championship team. H was the outstanding lineman in the state in his senior season. Tim started in the North-South All Star Game in Atlanta.  

Charles Stuckey- He played basketball and football at Lyons Industrial High School from 1955 to 1958. He averaged 25 points per game playing his home games on an outdoor court. He was the team captain and also played football and was a quarterback, running back and the punter. 

Travares Tillman -He was an All-State football player for Toombs County High School in 1995 and he was the Class A defensive player of the year. He was a two-time All-ACC defensive back at Georgia Tech. Tillman was drafted in the second round by the Buffalo Bills. He also played for Houston, Carolina and Miami in the NFL. He is a graduate assistant coach at the University of Georgia. Also, Tillman was an assistant coach at Calvary under former TCHS head coach Mark Stroud.

Dan Thompson- He was an outstanding football player at Lyons High School. He was a quarterback and played in the secondary. He graduated in 1954 and played one year at GMC. 

Roy Thompson- He was also an outstanding football player at Lyons High School in the mid 1940’s. Dan and Roy were brothers. 

Greg Wilkes He was an All-State Lyons High football player in 1965. The quarterback and safety played at Georgia Tech. He was letterman in all four sports offered in all four years. Greg played in the secondary at Georgia Tech.