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BPC presents the 2008 Hall of Fame Inductees
Brantley (’60) & the 1946 Blue Barons Football Team
By Kelley Arnold
BPC Interim Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON—The Brewton-Parker College Athletic Department and the Office of Alumni Relations presented the 2008 Hall of Fame inductees during a special ceremony in the Gillis Gym during Alumni Weekend 2008, April 4-5.
“The winningest female high school coach in Georgia”
Lynn Forehand Brantley (’60) was the captain of the BPC Cheerleaders and Lady Baronettes Basketball Team from 1958-1960. The first female to receive the Athletic Scholarship for the women’s basketball team, she played the forward position and was voted Most Athletic in 1960 after being the leading scorer since 1958. While at BPC, she served as Vice President of her Freshman Class, the Student Council and was voted Sophomore Favorite.
Brantley earned a B.S. in education with an emphasis in social science from Georgia Southern College in 1969. She taught at Hephzibah High School from 1969-1971 and then at T.W. Josey High School in Augusta, Ga. from 1971-2007. While coaching at Josey, she compiled a winning record of 754 wins to 247 loses in basketball, 57 wins in track, 136 wins in softball and 82 wins in volleyball, which she started in 2002. She led her teams to several state playoffs and championship games, including bringing home the 1998 state championship title for basketball.
During her retirement ceremony in 2007, Brantley was recognized as being the “winningest” female high school coach in the state of Georgia, the entire southeast region and possibly the nation.
When asked what it means to her to be inducted into BPC’s Hall of Fame, she replied, “This proves that the past is very important and that everything you do in life matters. It’s a great honor to receive this award because it comes from a very loving, caring, great institution.”
The 1946 Blue Barons Football Team showed fortitude and achievement under difficult circumstances. Composed of 36 players, half of whom were high school students, they had no field, no equipment or leveraging in an outsized schedule. They played with heart. The season ending by the then-administration, though bitter, generated the determination in these young men to succeed, reports their former coach, Dr. Franklin R. Jones. In time, the young men became successful men and leaders in their communities, returned to the college a Balm in Gilead – a spirit first exhibited many years before – still undefeated.
“This team had a truly unique spirit about it,” said Dr. Jones. “I can recall that whenever we were on the bus leaving wherever we had been playing at the time, whether we had won or lost, these boys would always begin singing happy songs all the way back to Brewton-Parker College. They looked at each game as an achievement whether they won or lost – and learned from it.”
The members of the team at season start were: Warren Culpepper, Richard Davis, L.L. Hamrick, Harold Lyons, Roy Thompson, Julian Jones, Franklin Brantley, Jack Bailey, Richard Moore (manager), Billy Bivins, Billy Thompson, Cecil Deal, Jimmy McRae, Dewey Helms, Dan Meadows, Don Hensley, Everette Gordon, Elton “Junior” Sikes, Grant Wilbanks, Ryle Tatum, Harrell Manning, Jack Tillman, Jack Collins, Phillip Traylor, Bobby Grimes, Billy Wilkinson, Sam Lever, Joe Fox, Joe Parks, Jimmy Martin, Paul Price, Lloyd Miller, Mack Youmans, Edward Moses, Bobby Beecher, C.W. Craig, Bobby Vaughn, Jack Phares and Ray Tapley (honorary member).
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, the college holds classes on its main campus in Mount Vernon and six external learning centers around the state, including Baxley, Glennville, Liberty County, Newnan, Norman Park and Savannah.