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Early Education Provides Mold for Outstanding Life (Part VI): First Lieutenant and Dental Officer

By Ralphine Major Only days after little Barron recovered from his abdominal surgery, Carol and Perry had more blessings come their way.  Perry graduated first in his dental class with…

Standing Tall on the Court (Part II)

By Ralphine Major Growing up, they were neighbors. They played on the Gibbs High School basketball team and walked home together after practice every day. For David Widner and Tommy…

All Roads Lead to Clapp’s Chapel

By Ralphine Major It is often referred to as the “Chapel,” though most folks in the community know it as Clapp’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Nestled among large cedar trees,…

Early Education Provides Mold for Outstanding Life (Part V): The blessings begin

By Ralphine Major In Memphis, Carol and Perry McGinnis had each other and a dream. They had little else—not even a car! Perry rode Memphis city buses to school; Carol…

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds (Part IV)

By Ralphine Major “What do you remember most about that year?” I asked—wondering if it would be a record night in rebounding.  But, the coach was right.  Former Gibbs Coach…

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds (Part III)

By Ralphine Major It was a scrapbook from the sixties.  There was nothing fancy on the pages like is seen in today’s scrapbooks.  But, it had all I needed to…

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds (Part II)

By Ralphine Major The Gibbs Eagles and their Head Coach Bob Dagley created an awesome 1964-65 basketball season.  Forward David Widner started claiming rebounds.  But the coach had a problem. …

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds

By Ralphine Major In the spring of 1964, Coach Bob Dagley had just completed his first year of coaching at Gibbs High School.  They started practicing basketball again with those…

Another generation of Mynatt Brothers

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It is a common name in the Halls Community–Mynatt Road, Mynatt Cemetery, Mynatt Funeral Home, and Mynatt’s Furniture. There is another set of Mynatt Brothers with…

Basketball, Rabbits, and A Loving Mother (Part III)

By Ralphine Major “He took his role and played it well,” Bob Dagley said.  Dagley, head coach of the Gibbs Eagles’ 1964-65 basketball team, was talking about Ron Graves, a…