Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2023 inductees

From one of the largest collection of nominations in history, one of the largest classes of inductees has emerged. What is being referred to is the Class of 2023 that will be enshrined into the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame at their annual banquet that will be held on October 7th. 

Six new athletes and three more who will be recognized for Outstanding Achievement and Merit will now take their place in the Hallowed Hall during the ceremonial event that will be held at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. 

Emerging from a long list of nominees to be elected at athletes to be inducted through secret ballot voting of the nine member panel of the Sports Hall of Fame Board were:

Casey Jackson  – Chatham High School
Charles Andrews – Jonesboro Hodge High School
Corey Bond – Weston High School
Michael Malone – Jonesboro Hodge High School
Marvin Thomas – Jonesboro Hodge High School
Harmon Ayres – Jonesboro Hodge High School 

Being selected as recipients of Outstanding Service and Meritorious Achievement Award were:

Roy Barlow – JHHS Coach, Jackson Parish School District Administrator
Barry Hinton – Head Baseball Coach at Ansley High School and at Louisiana Tech University 
Bill Staples – “Voice of JHHS Football” as radio broadcaster and long time JPSHOF Board Member

The Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame (JPSHOF) was created in 2008 to create a venue to recognize the talented athletes, coaches and administrators who lived or worked in Jackson Parish and made a great impact in the arena of athletic competition. 

In 2009, Bob Hopkins, Jo Ann Jackson-Buckner, Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick, and Edgar Walker were selected as the inaugural class to be inducted. Along with the many others since who have been given the ultimate honor of being named as the finest Jackson Parish has to offer in athletics, their images and other memorabilia are on display in the JPSHOF Building in the JPRD Sports Complex, located at 5254 Hwy 4, east of Jonesboro. 

Ever growing, the JPSHOF is always eager to receive historic athletic memorabilia to add to the enjoyment of touring the facility. To donate or visit the site, which is through appointment only, send email to  wsmithcoc@aol.com or call (318) 259 – 4693. 


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