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Class of 2017

A legend in his home state of North Carolina, Wilson lived in Virginia more than 60 years. He received his education from Buie’s Academy in North Carolina and the University of North Carolina, graduating upon his return from the army in 1922.  He is considered one of North Carolina’s All-Time Great Baseball pitchers, winning 40 […]

In 1947 Lew Worsham became the First Virginian to ever win the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. Having begun his career at an early age, Worsham played for Hampton High School on the Crabbers Golf Team from 1933 through 1935. By 1936, Worsham worked for the Old Dominion Golf Club in Newport News, Virginia as a […]

Al Nemetz was born in Prince George, Virginia in 1922.  He played football for Hopewell High School and upon his graduation entered Wake Forest University.  He transferred to West Point, whereby, the legendary football coach at the Military Academy, Earl “Red” Blaik, described Nemetz as the greatest lineman he had ever coached.  Nemetz played tackle […]

Willie Edward Lanier was born August 21, 1945, in Clover, Virginia.  He graduated from Maggie Walker High School in 1963 and attended Morgan State University where he received his degree in Business Administration in 1967.   He attended the Executive Program of the University of Virginia in 1975. Lanier joined the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967, […]

Joseph “Buddy” Lex was born February 2, 1926 in Norfolk, Virginia.  He was an outstanding high school athlete at Newport News High School, making all-state in basketball and football including all-southern in football. In 1944-45, Lex was in the army during World War II and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge, the Ruhr […]

William “Pappy” Gooch was a native of Roanoke, Virginia, where he was born in 1895.  Gooch played four sports at Jefferson School for Boys in Charlottesville, Virginia.   He also attended and played for Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Virginia.  “Pappy” entered the University of Virginia where he starred as quarterback leading the Cavaliers to victory […]

William “Pappy” Gooch was a native of Roanoke, Virginia, where he was born in 1895.  Gooch played four sports at Jefferson School for Boys in Charlottesville, Virginia.   He also attended and played for Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Virginia.  “Pappy” entered the University of Virginia where he starred as quarterback leading the Cavaliers to victory […]