Decatur County Sports Hall of Fame to add 4

Published 7:14 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Three men who achieved great things on local gridirons, and one of the top lady bass anglers in the country, will make up the second class of four to be inducted into the Decatur County Sports Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2012 will include Fred Barber, Ralph Jones, Pam Martin-Wells and the late Alfred Gant.

The induction ceremony and banquet will be Saturday, March 3, at Bainbridge College’s Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center. Festivities wil begin at 6 p.m.

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Tickets, which are $20, are available at the Kirbo Center, at Parker Paints or from any Decatur County Sports Hall of Fame board member. Board chairman Wayne Shiver can be reached at (229) 400-2346.

The new inductees will join last year’s inaugural class of four.

Barber was an All-State fullback with the Bainbridge High School Bearcarts in 1959 and 1960, and an All-Southern selection in 1960.

Jones coached the Bearcats to the 1982 state Class AAA football championship. Gant coached the Hutto High School Tigers to district football championships in 1950, 1951 and 1952 and district basketball championships in 1950, 1953, 1958 and 1960.

Martin-Wells, who won the 2009 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Women’s Tour Angler of the Year trophy, is also a four-time Womens Bass Tour winner.

The inaugural Class of 2011 included former Bainbridge head football coach Spencer “Onion” Davis, along with Bainbridge High School track coach Larry Clark, former Major League Baseball player Earnest Riles and former Bearcats All State running back and defensive lineman Ken Rice, who went on to become an All-American defensive lineman with the Auburn University Tigers.