Thursday, June 14, 2007
Dedication ceremonies held for T.M. “Coach” Stone Multi-Purpose Building in Potts Camp June 2
Dedication ceremonies for the T.M. “Coach” Stone Multi-Purpose Building at Potts Camp School were held on June 2 following the annual school reunion with a large crowd in attendance.
Stone received a standing ovation as he entered the packed lunchroom. He was surrounded by his wife of 66 years, Annie Ruth Holley Stone; other family members, Gale and Tommye Ann Goode, Mitch Stone, Jr., Pebble and Jeanie Anne Gadd, and former basketball player Norris Boren of California.
Don Randolph, Marshall County superintendent of education, presided over the ceremonies by reading an article that was printed in The South Reporter’s March 23 issue regarding the “old gym” and highlights of the coaching career of the former coach of the Potts Camp Cardinals.
Former basketball player, Lee Roy “Sonny” Cox, spoke of his basketball career and presented to Coach Stone his #5 basketball jacket. Comments were also made from other former basketball players who commented on the dedication of Coach Stone and the respect they had (and still have) for him as he strove to make the players do their best in the game and as a person.
The new multi-purpose building was completed in May 2007, has two classrooms, and will be used for elementary physical education classes. The beautiful building was open for inspection following the dedication ceremonies.
Pictures displayed on the walls in the entrance hall are from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone Sr. and Don Randolph. The frames were made from lumber taken from the “old gym” and were constructed by Beetle Bailey, husband of Drug Free School coordinator Brenda Bailey. Mrs. Bailey was responsible for framing the dated photos.
School board members on hand for the dedication were: Terry Rodgers, District 1; Queen Dean and husband, District 4; and Barbara Pipkin, District 5.
Coach Stone briefly spoke to the crowd of former players, parents, students, guests, etc. of what the ceremonies meant to him and his family. He was pleased to be the recipient of this honor.
The new facilities will be ready for use during the start of the school term in the fall.
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