Hall of fame showcases town’s best

Published 1:48 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013

If Saturday’s eighth annual induction ceremony for the Atmore Area Hall of Fame is any indication, the influence of Atmore residents is truly far reaching and covers a wide array of areas.

Saturday’s ceremony saw six men join the ranks of the hall of fame and their achievements have made differences in lives, literally, around the world.

From Chief Warrant Officer 5 Greg Turberville, who continues to serve his country in Afghanistan, to the late Thomas Jernigan, whose charitable foundations continue to provide scholarships to students attending UAB, the men in this year’s class, both living and deceased, have truly left their mark on the world, which is better for them having been in it.

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From Charles Madison, Steve Jefferson and Ron Middleton, men who have coached and molded the minds and bodies of the young men who played for them, to Eddie Tullis, who continues to make a difference in the Atmore area each day as he serves as chairman for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, this year’s class was truly eclectic.

Atmore Area Hall of Fame Chairman Lou Vickery may have summed it up in a purposeful understatement during Saturday’s ceremony.

“Yeah,” he said. “Atmore’s got some pretty good ole folks in it.”

Yes Lou, it does.