2002 Hall of Fame Inductees
Hall of Fame inductees for 2002 include: Ralph Lawson, A.P. Powell, John Woods Thomas, Josephine Gist Thomas, Lucy Whitehead, Gene Gregory, Steve Mullinax, Doug Kingsmore, Burt Langley, Alonzo Jackson, Paul Reed, Sandra Patrick Moss, Jerry Lipscomb, Ralph Brown, Randy Howell, Charles Henderson, Monty Means, Talmadge Wilkins.

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A.P. Powell (1927-31) played football for five years and baseball for three. Powell lettered in both sports in high school and college - Furman University. He was named All Southern Conference for both sports. Powell was a coach, teacher and administrator for 36 years, 15 years at Union High School.

Ralph "Cotton" Lawson (1936-41) played football and baseball. Lawson got a scholarship to Clemson, but went off to fight in World War II. He played ball in service at the Swanee Tennessee Naval Academy and was most valuable player in football and baseball. Lawson was a Methodist minister for 35 years.

Doug Kingsmore (1946-49) played football and baseball for Union High School. Kingsmore played in the 1949 North-South game. He started and lettered in baseball at Clemson. He was the first to hit 10 home runs in a season at Clemson. He signed with Baltimore in 1954 and played three years in their farm system.

John Woods Thomas (1946-48) was part of the 96-game winning streak at Sims High School. Thomas was a leader on the defense that didn't give up a point in 1947. He was on the state championship teams (1946-48).

Josephine Gist Thomas (1948-50) is the wife of John Woods Thomas. Thomas played basketball at Sims High School. She led the 1951 team in scoring, was a cheerleader and Miss Sims High.

Lucy Whitehead (1953-57) played basketball at Union High. In 1957, she had 52 points in a game. She played for the Upper State title twice.

Gene Gregory (1950-53) played as shortstop on the Union High baseball team. Gregory played on the 1950-51 state championship runner-up team and 1952-53 state championship team. Gregory played in the National Guard, Textile League and on the West Springs tri-state team. He coached little league baseball for 10 years. Gregory founded Gene's Fine Foods in 1965.

Steve Mullinax (1954-57) played football and basketball for Union High. Mullinax was all-state in both sports in 1957. He played in the Shrine Bowl and played football for two years at Carson-Newman.   He coached high school football at Woodruff, Lockhart, Landrum and Boiling Springs.

Burt Langley (1959-62) lettered in both football and track and Union High. Langley was an MVP in 1962 in football and played in the North-South game that year.

Alonzo Jackson (1960-62) played baseball, basketball and football for Union. Jackson played college football at Gardner Webb and semi-pro football with a Gaffney team.

Ralph Brown (1961-63) lettered in football, basketball and track at Union. Brown is a Baptist minister in Jonesville.

Paul Reed (1965-67) played  for the last Sims football team before integration. Reed was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

Sandra Patrick Moss (mid-60s) played girls' basketball for Union. Moss played on the 1968 state championship team. She scored 12 points in the Upper State title game to help lead her team to state.

Jerry Lipscomb (1965-67) played football, basketball and track at Union. Lipscomb was the quarterback for the 1967 team, which finished with an 8-3 record. He led the basketball team in scoring in 1966-67. He made the Upper State finals in the long jump that same year.

Randy Howell (1971-74) played baseball four years and football two, lettering in both. Howell was named a prep All-American by Coach & Athlete magazine. He played in the North-South game and on the 1974 baseball championship team. He was a first team all-state outfielder. Howell had a full scholarship to play baseball at Furman. His jersey was retired by the school. He was drafted in the ninth round of the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and spent three years in their farm system.

Charles Henderson (1988-91) played on the 1990 state championship football team. Henderson was an all-region athlete, played in the Shrine Bowl and was named all-state by two newspapers. He had 21 sacks to lead the state in 1989.

Monty Means (1991-92) was an all-state and all-region football player. Means was selected as a USA Today All-American. Roscoe Crosby is the only other Union athlete to receive that honor. Means was an ESPN National All-American and all-state in all newspapers. He played baseball and was in the North-South game. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1992, but chose to play football. He also was all-state and all-region in basketball. Means went to USC as a receiver and tied Sterling Sharp's touchdown record. He played in USC's first bowl victory.  He played arena football with the Carolina Rhinos.

Talmadge Wilkins IV (1991-94) is the first Union rifle team inductee to the Hall of Fame. Wilkins was a member of the championship rifle team and a six-time member of the Junior Olympics All-Star team. Wilkins received a scholarship to West Virginia. He is a four-time college all-american. He won a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics.


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