Fulghum elected to Hall of Fame
By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on August 4, 2004 1:55 PM
CHAPEL HILL -- Long-time Greene Central High School coach and athletics director James "Rabbot" Fulghum has been selected for induction into the N.C. High School Athletic Associaiton's Hall of Fame.
Fulghum is one of eight selected for the 2004 induction class, according to an announcement from the NCHSAA today.
The new inductees will be honored during special halftime ceremonies at a football game at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, September 25, when North Carolina takes on Louisville. The University of North Carolina has designated the day as the 20th annual NCHSAA Day. The new class will officially be inducted at the special Hall of Fame banquet next spring at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.
The NCHSAA Hall of Fame is supported by a special grant from GlaxoSmithKline.
Along with Fulghum, the NCHSAA voted to induct Mike Brown of Wilmington, John Clougherty of Raleigh, Ed Peeler of Shelby, Ned Sampson of Pembroke, Dave Smith of Washington, Kathy Stefanou of Raleigh and Carroll Wright of Clyde. This group is the 18th class of inductees to join the prestigious hall. That brings to 92 the number enshrined.
"These individuals joining the Association Hall of Fame this year have certainly had a tremendous impact on high school athletics across North Carolina," says NCHSAA associate executive director Rick Strunk, who coordinates the Hall for the Association. "Their records are certainly impressive, but the character they exemplified and the lives they touched are really representative of what the NCHSAA stands for. Their selection maintains the high standards of excellence established by previous inductees, and we are proud to honor these deserving individuals."
The NCHSAA said that Fulghum "is one of the greatest baseball coaches the state has ever produced."
His lengthy career included stops at North Edgecombe and Greene Central, and he has the remarkable distinction of winning a state championship in five different decades.
Fulghum earned a state basketball title at North Edgecombe in 1963, and then captured five state baseball crowns at Greene Central. His teams won state titles in 1982, '80, '87, '90 and 2000 and he has over 600 career victories at the high school level, in addition to a large number of American Legion baseball victories.
He is a graduate of Rock Ridge High and Atlantic Christian (now Barton) College. He is in the Barton Hall of Fame as well as the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame plaques are on permanent display in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame room, located in the Simon F. Terrell Building in Chapel Hill that houses the Association offices.
THE NCHSAA HALL OF FAME
Class of 1987 (Charter Members)
Bob Jamieson, Greensboro; Leon Brogden, Wilmington; Dave Harris, Charlotte
Class of 1988
Tony Simeon, High Point; Wilburn C. Clary, Winston-Salem; L.J. "Hap" Perry, Chapel Hill
Class of 1989
Russell Blunt, Durham; Lee Stone, Asheboro
Class of 1990
Bill Eutsler, Rockingham; Harvey Reid, Wilson; Jay Robinson, Chapel Hill; Simon Terrell, Chapel Hill
Class of 1991
Thell Overman, Wallace; Frank Mock, Kinston (posthumously); Raymond Rhodes, Raleigh (posthumously); Richard "Bud" Phillips, Greenville
Class of 1992
Everette L. "Shu" Carlton, Gastonia; George J. Cushwa, Jr., Thomasville; Norma Harbin, Winston-Salem; James G. "Choppy" Wagner, Washington (posthumously); Modeal Walsh, Robbinsville (posthumously); Everett L. "Shorty" Waters, Jacksonville; Thomas H. "Toby" Webb, Albemarle; John W. "Jack" Young, Ahoskie (posthumously)
Class of 1993
Frank Barger, Hickory (posthumously); Donald Bonner, Lumberton; George Whitfield, Hamlet
Class of 1994
George "Buck" Hardee, Wilmington; Doris Howard, Fayetteville; Bruce Peterson, Asheville; Homer Thompson, Winston-Salem
Class of 1995
Willie Bradshaw, Durham; Robert P. Colvin, Robbinsville; Joe Paul Eblen, Asheville; Augustus B. "Gus" Purcell, Charlotte; George W. Wingfield, Reidsville (posthumously)
Class of 1996
Paul Gay, Sanford; John W. "Honey" Johnson, Elizabeth City (posthumously); Glenn Nixon, Clayton; Robert R. Sawyer, Greensboro
Class of 1997
Dr. Wiley "Army" Armstrong, Rocky Mount (posthumously); Chuck Clements, Gastonia (posthumously); David Lash, Winston-Salem (posthumously); Larry Lindsay, Wake Forest
Class of 1998
Gerald "Pearlie" Allen, Shelby; Norris "Pee Wee" Jones, Asheville; Bill Mayhew, Troutman; Dr. Craig Phillips, Raleigh; Mary Garber, Winston-Salem; Marvin "Red" Hoffman, Wilkesboro; Dr. Andy Miller, Asheville
Class of 1999
Charles "Babe" Howell, Webster; Paul Jones, Kinston; Jerry McGee, Elizabeth City; Jim Mills, Garner; Joe Mills, Raleigh; Donna Norman, High Point; Robert Paroli, Fayetteville
Class of 2000
Marion Kirby, Greensboro; Don Patrick, Newton; Hilda Worthington, Greenville; Charles England, Lexington (posthumously)
Class of 2001
Jack Groce, Boone; Tom Northington, Greensboro; Walter Rogers, Roxboro; Wally Shelton, Mount Airy; John Swofford, Greensboro; Morris Walker, West Jefferson; Herb Young, Cary
Class of 2002
Cliff Brookshire, Brevard; Andrea Cozart, High Point; Bill Friday, Chapel Hill; Herman Hines, Reidsville; Bob Lee, Southern Pines; Ray Oxendine, Pembroke
Class of 2003
Gerald Austin, Greensboro; Pat Harrell, Hertford; Hoy Isaacs, Reidsville (posthumously); Raymond "Buddy" Luper, Lumberton (posthumously); David Maynard, Burlington; Clarence Moore, Asheville (posthumously) Pres Mull, Lexington; Tom Pryor, Edneyville; Stuart Tripp, Ayden
Class of 2004
Mike Brown, Wilmington; John Clougherty, Raleigh; James "Rabbit" Fulghum, Snow Hill; Ed Peeler, Shelby; Ned Sampson, Pembroke; Dave Smith, Washington; Kathy Stefanou, Raleigh; Carroll Wright, Clyde
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