JEF 'Evening With Our Stars'....to be a trip down Memory Lane

CORRECTION: Story has been modified to reflect Dr. Mahon was the Jacksonville Indians' team doctor and not the sidelines report.

 

Monday evening is shaping up to be a night to remember for Jacksonville Fightin' Indian sports fans and school supporters as the Jacksonville Education Foundation (JEF) will present the 8th annual “Evening With Our Stars”.

This year's event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Norman Activity Center and at the newly renovated Historic Tomato Bowl.

Tickets ($50.00 per person) are still available and may be purchased online (jisdfoundation.org) or by calling (903) 586-6511 X9434. Also tickets are being sold locally at Austin Bank, the Chamber of Commerce office inside the Norman Activity Center and at the JISD Central Office.

The JEF will be honoring a bevy of deserving individuals, including 11 former gridiron stars from Jacksonville High School and from Fred Douglass High School, who went on to play professionally, one Tribe baseball player who played professionally, and two NFL coaches that got their start right here in Jacksonville.

Football players being recognized are Burr Davis, Pete Lammons, Billy Newsome, Marshall Johnson, Jerry Aldridge, James Noble. Ray Ethridge, Toby Gowin, Josh McCown, Kevin Aldridge and Luke McCown.

Representing Jacksonville baseball will be Micah Hoffpauir.

Coach John Paul Young and the late coach O.A. “Bum” Phillips, who coached the Indians in the early 60s, are also slated to be honored.

Bum's wife Debbie, their three daughters and Bum's sister are scheduled to attend in his honor, according to JEF officials.

Just as a slew of old memories are, no doubt, to be dusted off on Monday night, long-time Jacksonville resident James Spivey wanted to share a story about Bum and Debbie's son, Wade Phillips, who currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the NFL's Los Angeles Rams.

Spivey recalled that back in 1958 when he served as a a fifth-grade teacher at Eastside Elementary School something happened during a recess that he will never forget.

“Mr. George Bennett, who taught sixth grade, and I would always go outside and supervise the recesses so the female teachers could stay inside,” Spivey said. “Wade (Phillips) was a sixth grader then. The boys were playing touch football one day and some how (one of the boys) Tony Harrison fell on Wade and broke his leg.

“I ran to the office and (alerted) our principal, Fletcher Wilson. Mr. Wilson immediately got in his '57 Chevy and drove out on the playground and we all loaded Wade (Phillips) up into the car and Mr. Wilson rushed him to Nan Travis Hospital.

“(Ironically enough) when they got to the hospital, Dr. Mahon, who was the Jacksonville Indians' team doctor, was on duty that day and he went on and set Wade's leg. From that day on we have always said Wade Phillips got his first real brake in Jacksonville as a sixth grader.”

 

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