Humboldt Chronicle, Wednesday, May 16, 2012
POTEETES GATHER - Several of Coach Jim Poteete’s family members joined him at the Hall of Fame induction. Among them are (front, from left) Emma and Bonnie Scarbrough, (middle row, from left) Zack Scarbrough, Beth Poteete, Jim and Mary Lee Poteete and Troye Scarbrough, (back, from left) Mike and Steve Poteete and Beth Scarbrough. Not pictured are Janet and Kayla Tinnon, and Matt, Nolan and Greg Poteete.
FARMER HONORED - Farmer family members on hand for the Hall of Fame induction include son Calvin Tyrone and Jane Farmer, the honoree Calvin and wife Ollie Farmer, daughter Berneta Miles and granddaughter Dedra Williams.
Humboldt’s Hall of Fame inducts 3 noteworthy men Calvin Farmer, Roy Hunt, Coach Jim Poteete honored BY APRIL G. JACKSON The sixth annual Humboldt Hall of Fame welcomed the largest crowd ever to the reception and induction last Thursday night. Honorees Calvin Farmer, E.L. ‘Roy’ Hunt and Jim Poteete were joined by numerous friends and family members for the event. Gil Fletcher made the presentations. Farmer, a man of many talents, was Humboldt’s first black alderman, elected in 1971 and serving through 1983. He also served 12 years on the school board and 20 on the planning commission. Along with his many civic duties, honors and awards, it was noted he is a builder of relations and he helped build the road to school integration in Humboldt. Farmer thanked those who came to the Hall of Fame event and remembered many who have passed on. Many inspired him and actually pushed him into service,
he said. “I didn’t want to be an alderman! I told Rev. J.T. Freeman I didn’t want to, but he saw in me things I did not see.” Also in his construction work through the years, many good men saw his worth and pushed him along, Farmer said. Farmer also noted how the most tense discourses and discussions in those earlier days always ended with a handshake before the meeting’s end. And he noted all those in office should be sure to represent all the citizens of Humboldt, not just their area. E.L. ‘Roy’ Hunt grew up in Humboldt and early developed an intense interest in the visual arts, art education and music. His career has taken him to Florida where his specialty is historic trust and preservation, having served under several secretaries of state there. He edited and wrote “The Historic Preservation of Florida” and has won numerous awards.
“Home is the only place to hang your childhood,” said Hunt, quoting Tennessee Williams. And he was home at First United Methodist Church Thursday night, noting it was the church of his childhood. He recalled the wonderful days of his youth, when he and friends took Latin in school so they could attend the annual Roman Banquet. “That introduced the country boy to the arts,” he said. He has enjoyed the great fortune of seeing places such as Antarctica, the Easter Islands and Mt. Everest. Yet he noted he remembers certain gullies in Humboldt he thought as big as Mt. Everest when he was a child. Jim Poteete’s love of sports and people earned him a Hall of Fame membership. A Jackson native, he excelled in three sports before going on to Mississippi State were he played football and received his degree before being drafted by
the Philadelphia Eagles. A knee injury stopped his professional career but he went on to become a trusted and respected coach and mentor to hundreds of Humboldt students. His motto of “Do right!” on and off the playing field has stayed with him. He was the West Tenn. Coach of the Year three times and in 15 seasons of football, had only one losing season. “In trying times, keep trying,” is among his lessons to youth. Poteete told the crowd he always wanted to be behind the pulpit. He moved to Humboldt 43 years ago when all the other coaches were saying, “Don’t go. You can’t get along with those people!” As the laughter subsided he noted Humboldt has been really good for him and his family, including the ‘king pin’, his wife of more than 50 years, Mary Lee. He noted the early days of his coaching career including a move that put the couple in an old house
where every room was painted purple. He tried to install an air conditioner and it fell out, carrying the whole wall with it. Mary Lee cried and Coach Poteete
said he didn’t blame her. He thanked the crowd and said he didn’t feel deserving to be in the company with the other two honorees. “I am grateful,” he said.
HUNT HONORED - E.L. ‘Roy’ Hunt is joined by his sister, Jane Hunt McLin as he was honored at the Humboldt Hall of Fame induction last week.
Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Humboldt and its director, Andrea Stewart, enjoyed marching along the parade route this year.
Gibson County High School won first in Class AAAA Friday and 1st place in auxiliary.
The float carrying the festival hostess princesses of years past was very popular along the parade route. So many lovely faces, it required two shots to capture all the beauty!
Gibson County High School (above and below) took home the Strawberry Cup for Class AAA/AAAA this year. They won 1st in their class, 1st in percussion, 2nd in drum major and 1st in auxiliary. The Humboldt High School Class of 1972 enjoyed a reunion and a parade ride.
Humboldt Golf and Country Club’s Ladies Golf League marched and rode through the Grand Floats Parade Friday.