Inducted 1990-1999

Jewell Crews – 1999


Jewell Crews
Inducted 1999
Jewel began playing basketball in the eighth grade on the B-Team. She began the ninth grade on the B-Team but was soon elevated to the varsity. Under Hall of Fame coach Melba Williams, Jewel was captain and high scorer for three consecutive years (1950-52) at Waycross High School.
Her 20 plus points per game average insured her selection to the All-Region team in 1952. She was further honored with an invitation to play with the South All-Stars in the annual North-South All-Star basketball game in Atlanta.
Jewel was also an outstanding pitcher of the softball team during that time.
After high school she continued to excel on the basketball court in both the YMCA and Recreational Department leagues. As a member of the Southern Bell team , she was coached by another Hall of Fame member, Gene Cribb. She set many records as high scoring games were the norm for a Crews performance.
Jewel started bowling in 1959. She won many singles, doubles and al1-events awards along with many first place team awards. She was the second Waycross Woman to join the 600 club and had single game high score of 224.
Jewel moved to Atlanta in 1966 and continued to amass more trophies, awards , honors, and accolades. She was inducted into the Atlanta City Bowling Hall of Fame in 1976. The following year (1977), she was enshrined in the Georgia State Hall of Fame by the Georgia WBA. In 1998, she was recognized by the Womens International Bowling Congress for 15 years participation in the WIBC Championship Tournament. Once presented the Mary Brown Sportsmanship Award, she has also had a city tournament dedicated to her.
One of her latest accomplishments, September 1998, saw her participate in the Georgia State Golden Olympics held in Ware Robins. She won gold, silver and bronze medals in singles bowling, horseshoes and doubles bowling respectively. She represented Georgia in the finals the next year.
Jewel retired in 1984 from South Bell Telephone Company. She is the daughter of the late David Layton Crews and the late Ruby McInvale Crews. She lived in Tucker Georgia at time of induction.

Steve Stalvey – 1999


Steve Stalvey
Inducted 1999
A highlight of Steve’s early athletic participation was when he was selected to the Ware County All-Stars and they won the 1970 Okefenokee Midget Bowl by defeating the Red Devils from Atlanta.
His varsity career at Ware County High School consisted of lettering three years in football, three years in wrestling to include attending the Georgia State Tournament two consecutive years, and two years in baseball. As a linebacker in football for the Gators, his accomplishments/awards include selection as the Outstanding Defensive Back his sophomore year and Honorable Mention All-State his junior year. During Steve’s senior year in football, he was selected as the team’s captain and awarded the Outstanding Defensive Lineman and Most Valuable Player awards. He was selected to the All-Region, all South Georgia, and All-State Teams. He also played in the North-South high school all-star game. During his playing time at Ware County, the team posted a record of 25-9 and went to post season play two consecutive years while setting a school singe season winning record of 9-1 his senior year.
Steve attended Presbyterian College from 1978-1982 on a football scholarship lettering all four years playing in the South Atlantic Coast Conference (SAC-8), NAIA. He graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Again playing linebacker at PC, Steve was the leading tackler for three years leading his teams to a number one national ranking and post-season play. He was selected as the team’s captain and was recognized as the team’s Outstanding Defensive Lineman, Most Valuable Player and Player of the Year his senior year. Once again, his team set and still holds the schools single season winning record of 10-1. He was selected to the SAC-8 All-Conerence team and in the early 1990s, Steve was selected to PCs 1980s All Decade Team.
After graduation from College, Steve was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army as an armor/cavalry officer.
Steve and his wife Sherry have three boys, Brad, Scott and Blake.
Steve is the son of Gene and the late Martha Stalvey.

Edwin Pope – 1999


Edwin Pope
Inducted 1999
Ware County High School was opened in the fall of 1958. Edwin was a member of the first graduating class to go all four years at that facility (1958-1962). A member of the Beta Club he was a senior Superlative and voted Most Handsome male in the senior class.
He was an integral part of the Gator teams who won back-to-back region titles in 1960-1961. The 61 club also won the South Georgia Championship in Class A before succumbing to the powerful Carrollton Trojans in the State Championship game.
Edwin was a two-way performer. A super halfback, he was also a true triple threat as he could punt, pass as well as run the ball. He led the team in yards gained and scoring his senior year. Just as adept on defense, he was a staunch defender as a linebacker.
Chosen to the All-Region and All-State teams in 1961, he and teammate Lankford Lee both signed grant-in-aids to Florida State after that successful year.
Edwin played with distinction for four years at Florida State (1962-1966). On three occasions he was honored as “Player of the Week” and also won the “Head Hunter Award” three times. He played in the Gator Bowl in 1965 and the Sun bowl in 1966. His play was instrumental in the Seminoles earning those bowl berths.
After college, Edwin was a teacher, coach, and assistant principal from 1967-1984 at Ware County, Charlton County and Pierce County winning “Defensive Coach of the Year” award one season.
Since 1985, he has been Supt. of Schools in Pierce County, Ass’t Supt. In Long County and Supt. Of schools in Telfair County. Edwin received his Bachelor’s degree in 1966, Master’s degrees in 1979 and 1982, his 6 year certificate in 1985 and a Doctorate in 1987.
Seldom do we have teammates inducted simultaneously but Edwin joined John Allen Howard in that rare accomplishment in March of 1999. He also joins another Florida State alumnus in the Hall of Fame, Gene McDowell who was inducted in 1990.
Edwin is the son of Sam and Ella Mae Pope. He has two daughters.

John Allen Howard – 1999


John Allen Howard
Inducted 1999
John attended elementary schools at Gilchrist Park and Morton Avenue. While participating in Recreational Department football, he was selected to the Dixie Classic All-Star team in 1955 and the Okefenokee Midget Bowl team in 1956.
An all around athlete in high school, John was on the track and football teams for fours years and also played baseball and basketball. He was in the first class to attend all four years at the new Ware County High School (1958-1962).
In 1960 the Gator football team was region champs and John was picked for the All-Region team. The year of 1961 was even better. In just their fourth year since consolidation the Gators won the region title again with a 2-0 penetration victory over Americus. That was followed by a 19-13 win over Screven County for the South Georgia Championship. The next week they played for the State Championship and lost a hard fought game to Carrollton.
Honors in 1961 included selection to the All-Regions team, the class A All-State team and the prestigious award as Class A Lineman of the Year in Georgia .
John was a member of the South Georgia All-Stars who beat the North Georgia All-Stars 7-6 in the annual High School All-Star game. He was cited for an outstanding defensive performance that night.
His spectacular exploits earned him a full scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Martin where he played with distinction for your years.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education, he coached football, basketball and golf for five years. He coached at both Forest Park HS and Morrow HS from 1967-1972. He was an assistant coach on the Forest Park team that was the State Class AAA football runner-up in 1968.
John received his masters degree in Education Administration in 1972 from West Georgia College. He went to work with Delta Airlines in 1973.
The son of Florine and Ernest Howard, John is the brother of Glynda Woodard.
John and Edwin Pope are the first teammates to be inducted in the same years since Charles Beverly and Junior Harrison were enshrined in 1987.

Pam Baker Odom – 1999


Pam Baker Odom
Inducted 1999
Pam’s athletic prowess was evident throughout her high school career. A two sport star, she earned four letters in tennis and four in basketball.
As a junior she and a tennis teammate won the State Doubles Championship in Class AAA.
Her last two years of basketball at Waycross High were phenomenal as the Bulldogettes compiled a record of 39-1. The only loss her junior year, a 17-1 season was in the state playoffs. She led the team to a 22-0 season in 1974 culminating in the State AAA Championship. She was an All-State selection in 1974 and won a basketball scholarship to Georgia Southern College.
Pam’s enviable basketball accomplishments continued in college. A four year letter winner for the Lady Eagles basketball team 1974-1978), she joined the women’s basketball program in only its second year of existence and immediately became the top player. She helped the squad to a 47-46 record over four seasons, including wins over Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Alabama and Florida State. She led the team in scoring each year and topped the team in rebounding as a sophomore (10.0 per game). She established school records for nearly every category including points in a season (44) in 1974-75 and career (1,533), rebounds in a game (25 vs. Berry in 1975) and season (386 in 1976-77). She ranks very high on the all time scoring chart. As of 1999, she still held the school mark for rebounding average in a season (17.5 in 1976-77).
In 1997, Pam was inducted into the Georgia Southern Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding career.
Pam graduated from Georgia Southern in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Recreation.

Maurice England – 1998


Maurice England
Inducted 1998
He established the Ware County High School .22 rifle team in 1992 and coached them to state championships in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.
In 1997 the team won the Veterans of Foreign Wars – National Rife Assocaition national championship in Junior Smallbore .22 Rife Competition. They were in competition with 199 other teams throughout the United States and beat them all to win the national title.
In 1997 Ware took three Junior ROTC Military Scholastic National Championships and became the second team in Ware County High School history to capture a Georgia High School Association state title in air precision.
In 1998, Ware toke the state crown in the National Rifle Association Military Scholastic in .22 rifle and air rifle and the USA Military Scholastic in both of these categories.
The team set a school record in 1998 with a score of 1,151 of a possible 1200.
Maurice did an outstanding job with the program and his guiding influence and a group of talented sharp-shooter makes hefty goals for future sharp-shooters.

Todd Williams – 1998


Todd Williams
Inducted 1998
Todd is the son of Dale and Carolyn Williams.
His introduction to organized sports came at age 7 in the Pop Warner League in Columbus. Progressing through the various age levels, he came under the tutelage of Cecil Brown, Bit Tanner, and Everett Saunders among others before he played for the most successful coach in Waycross history, his dad.
In high school, Todd earned 1 letter in tennis, 2 letters in football, 3 letters in basketball, and 4 letters in golf.
The two years Todd lettered on the varsity football team they compiled records of 9-2 and 14-1. They won the region title both of those years and were also state champions in 1981. Todd was one of four permanent captains of that team. His senior year, he was selected to the All-Region and All-State teams and was an honorable mention choice for the Addidas’ All-American squad. He was the MVP for the Bulldogs and was the statewide player of the year in class AAA. He culminated a spectacular high school career by playing in the North-South All-Star game in the summer of 1982.
Todd was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Georgia. He lettered in football at GA in 82, 83, 84 and 86. Because he was a red-shirt one year, he had the unique distinction of going to five Bowl Games: Sugar, Cotton, Citrus, Sun and Hall of Fame Bowl.
Playing on the same team with Hershel Walker, Todd became the back-up quarterback in his freshman season when Ga. won the SEC Championship. He alternated at QB in 1983 before he sustained a leg injury. In 1984 he was the starting QB until a shoulder separation sidelined him. After retuning, he then proceeded to break a toe. He was red-shirted in 1985 after a pre-season knee injury. Todd became more of a payer-coach in his 5th year working with young QBs and signaling in plays from the sideline.
Todd was selected to the 1986 SEC All Academic Team. He graduated from the University in June of 1987 with a BS of Education.
Todd has two sons, Justin and Jake. He currently lives and works in the Waycross area.

Louise Barber Johns – 1998


Louise Barber Johns
Inducted 1998
Louise is the youngest of seven children. Her parents were Richard and Viola (Lee) Barber. She was born, raised and attended school in Manor, Georgia and graduated in 1959.
She played basketball all four of her high school years. In the 1956-57 school term, as a sophomore, she set a single game record by scoring 73 points against Odum in a home game.
In the 1958-1959 season, her senior year, the sharpshotter scored 941 points in 25 games to average 37.6 points per game.
The D.A.R. award was one of many honors she received that year. Among the senior girls, she was chosen: most athletic, most talented, most dependable, most likely to succeed and most humorous.
Before graduating from high school she received an invitation from Hazel Walker to audition for the world famous Arkansas Travelers. She accepted the challenge and easily won a spot on the roster. Her contract was for one year beginning October 1959 through April 1960.
The Arkansas Travelers, a professional, all-female team, played only men teams and governed by their rules. She made a smooth transition and traveled all across the United States playing basketball.
Because Hazel Walker would retire after the 1960 season, Louise decided to begin her college education. She went to North Florida Junior College in Madison , Florida for the 1960-61 school term. Her college education was obtained over several years because she worked to pay all of her expenses.
After her first year of college she returned to Ware County and attended the University of Georgia off campus center. She went to school at night and worked during the day for Dr. Charles H. Little.
She completed her college education at Georgia Southern in 1966, obtaining a B.S. in Home Economics.
Louise is married to Robert Johns and they reside in Brantley County. They gave two daughters: Scarlet Middleton and Beth Lewis.
She was with the Brantley County Department of Family and Children Services for 14 years before spending the remainder of her professional life with the Department of Corrections at the Ware State Prison and retired in year 2000

Steve Hudson – 1998


Steve Hudson
Inducted 1998
Steve, a Waycross native, is married to Jeannette Burton Hudson, and is the son of Charlotte Hudson and the Late Carroll Hudson. Carroll Hudson is a 2008 inductee in the Hall of Fame. They have one son, Dustin. Steve is a member of First Methodist Church.
Steve grew up participating in the Ware County Recreation football, basketball, and baseball programs. He graduated from Waycross High School in 1972 and received a track scholarship to West Georgia College. He later transferred to Valdosta State College and received a BBA degree. Steve returned to Waycross after college and has been employed by CSX Transportation as a Senior Claims Representative since 1977. Since returning to Waycross, Steve has participated in many community and recreational activities.
Some of his athletic highlights include the following:
In high school, Steve was a two year letterman in basketball and earned four letters in both football and track and field.
In track and field, Steve was a member of the winning 440 Relay Team in the AAU Junior Olympics, but it was in the discus and shot-put events that he excelled. His performances were instrumental in Waycross winning the region title his freshman year, the region and state titles his sophomore year, a regional title and a second place finish at the state meet as a junior, and region and state championships his senior year. He placed 1st in the discus and 2nd in the shot-put at the state meet and scored 18 of the teams 47 points that earned them a state title in 1972. Steve held the Waycross record for the discus from 1970 until 1994. He holds the all time record for the shot-put.
Steve’s football accolades include selection as the punter on the All-State AAA team and honorable mention at the quarterback position.
Steve lettered two years in basketball and the team won the region championship his sophomore season.
Some post-school accomplishments include the following:
Hudson coached football, basketball, and baseball in the Ware County Recreational Leagues from 1984-1997.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Waycross TD Club and the Ware County Athletic Boosters Club.
Steve served three years as President of the Waycross Touchdown Club and was a Board Member of the Ware County Recreation Department.
He served on the Mayor’s Study Committee on school merger and is presently serving as a Director of the Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame.

Gene Evans – 1998


Gene Evans
Inducted 1998
Gene Evans comes from a sports oriented family blessed with athletic talent. Brothers Bennie and Clifford were both accomplished performers. Sister Barbara married a golfer and ball player. Mom and Dad left their imprint on the youth of the area through their involvement with the Ware County Recreation Department during its formative years.
Gene lettered in football in 1947-48-49. The 48 and 49 teams both finished with a record of seven wins and only three losses against stiff opposition. Gene was the captain of the 1949 Canines and was also an All-Region choice at right half back. The halfback option play was one of Gene’s specialities. Always a dangerous runner, he was also adept at throwing the ball. His execution of the option play resulted in many completions and a number of touchdowns during his high school career.
Memorial Stadium was dedicated in the fall of 1949. In the first game played there, Waycross upset a strong team from Savannah High School. The Albany Touchdown Club honored Vasa Cate and Gene Evans, the following week, as coach and back of the week respectively. Coincidentally, the speaker at that meeting was Red Grange.
Gene earned four varsity letters in baseball from 1947 through 1950. He played second, third and short-stop all with equal ability and skill. Renowned as a clutch hitter, Gene was also a smart base runner. The 1949 team barely missed the state playoffs. After winning their first eight games, they played Albany for the region championship. It took the Indians 11 innings to eke out a 6-5 victory. Along with Jimmy Joyce, a teammate, Gene was selected to play for the South All-Stars in the North-South All-Star baseball game in 1950. He spent his summers as an outstanding member of the Local American Legion baseball team. After high school, He played for Fats Taylor’s ACL Red Sox semi-pro baseball team.
Gene was a valuable letterman on the 1948 and 1949 Waycross track teams. He was a member of the 8th District Relay champions in1948. The 1949 team earned a second place finish at the state track meet as the runner-up to Marietta.
Gene coached many of the Wacona teams in the Recreation League while his sons were participating in that program.
He retired from CSX Transportation System and is an active member at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Gene is married to former Maureen Robison. They have two sons, Mike and Les. A third son, Tim, is deceased.