Madison to join Atmore hall of fame tonight

Published 1:00 am Saturday, May 4, 2013

The late Charles Madison will be one of two men who will be posthumously recognized tonight when a group of six are inducted into the 2013 class of the Atmore Area Hall of Fame.



Madison, an Escambia County High School graduate, excelled in athletics in high school setting records in football, baseball and basketball. He was a star halfback for the Blue Devils football team and competed on the 1946 and 47 teams that won 20 straight games and were dubbed the “Barnes Boys” after the legendary ECHS coach.

Madison earned a football scholarship to the University of Georgia in 1951 and during his senior year was the leading pass receiver; second in rushing; second in scoring; and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.

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In 1954, Madison was tapped to play in the annual Blue-Gray game in Montgomery and, in 1955, was chosen to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile
Following his collegiate career, Madison moved to Pensacola, where he worked as a coach and later became an administrator. Later in life, Madison also worked in the insurance field.

Madison passed away in 2010.

He will be inducted into the hall of fame tonight during the annual ceremony alongside new members: Thomas Jernigan – business; Steve Jefferson – coaching; Ron Middleton – athletics; Eddie Tullis – government; Greg Turberville – military.

Tonight’s ceremony will be held at Wind Creek Casino and Hotel at 6 p.m.