October 11, 2013
DOBSON — The 2003 Elkin High School football team has been named as one of two Ring of Honor inductees into the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame 2013 Class. In addition, two Elkin High School graduates have been named Hall of Fame inductees in the new class — Johnny Charles and Mike Chatham.
The 2003 Elks team followed in the footsteps of the 2002 football players taking the 1A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.
The 1934 Dobson High School basketball team also has been named a Ring of Honor inductee this year.
Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Charles of Elkin played the positions of quarterback and defensive back from 1965 to 1969 for the Elks football team, while Mike Chatham, now of Huntersville, played football from 1978 to 1980 and continued his education at the University of North Carolina on scholarship.
Other Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 include:
• Gordon Jones of Pinnacle, who coached East Surry High School’s soccer program getting it started and led a number of East Surry golf teams to state competitions in the seven years he coached the program from 2001 to 2008;
• James Daniel Lynch, now a resident of Mocksville, who played football as an offensive lineman and wrestled at East Surry High School, where he graduated in 2001. He continued playing football for Catawba College, and in 2005, played preseason games for the Cincinnati Bengals.
• the late Jarret Martin, a standout swimmer who graduated in 1997 from Mount Airy High School and went on to swim on full scholarship at East Carolina University until he died in a car wreck in 1998. Martin won three state championships in the 100 meter butterfly among other gold medals, and swam for the North Carolina state swim team nationally.
• the late Robert Edward “Doc” Wall, who graduated in 1948 from Mount Airy High School, was nominated for his participation baseball, softball, bowling and golf. He was a member of the Mount Airy Graniteers baseball team and died in April 2008.
The Surry County Parks and Recreation and the Surry Sports Hall of Fame Committee made Hall of Fame inductee announcement Thursday.
The Unveiling of the Monument Ceremony will be held Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. at Fisher River Park, Dobson. The induction ceremony will take place the same day at 4 p.m. at the Surry Community College gymnasium. A reception in the gymnasium will follow the induction ceremony.