In Good Company: SSHS Hall of Honor welcoming four new members
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
Sept. 30, 2007 - Two state champions, a school record holder and a college All-American will be the latest to be inducted into the SSHS Hall of Honor next month.
Charlie Carothers, state champion in golf in 1960 and state runner-up in 1961, will be honored posthumously.
The other three SSHS athletes are of the newer generation, having played within in the last two decades. An athlete must be out of school for 10 years to be nominated for induction in the Hall.
Tameria Jimmerson, state shot put champion in 1996; Robert Cody, school baseball record holder; and Damiyon Bell, a two-time All-State safety and later All-American at Stephen F. Austin, round out this year's induction class.
"This was a strong class of inductees," said Hall of Fame chairman Stacy Cody. "Anytime you have two state champions, you have something to be proud of."
The new class will be inducted at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, before the Wildcats' district opening football game with Mount Pleasant. A reception will be held in their honor at 6 p.m. at the SSHS Conference Center.
Charlie Carothers, '61
Carothers was the first SSHS state champion in golf, a legacy that has been followed by two other golfers. He was a four-year letterman who not only won the individual title in 1960, but followed it up with a runner-up finish his senior season.
He was a three-time district champion and two-time regional champ. Both times, his junior and senior seasons, he led the SSHS golf team to a second-place finish at the state tournament. That is the highest that any Sulphur Springs team has finished in state in any sport.
Carothers received a golf scholarship to the University of Arkansas and later also played at the University of Houston.
After college, he owned Carothers Brothers clothing store on the downtown square. He won the Sulphur Springs Country Club championship four years.
Carothers died in 1997 and is survived by his sister, Kay Allison, three nieces and one nephew, Bill Allison, who will be accepting the plaque on his behalf. Presenting the plaque will be Alec Bridges, a close friend of the family.
Robert Cody, '89
Cody, also a four-year letterman for the Wildcats, set several school baseball records - one of which he still owns - that lasted until Josh Riley's senior season.
Cody was a three-time All-District First Team selection (1987-89) and was also Sophomore of the Year in 1987. His junior and senior seasons, he was selected Second Team All-East Texas.
During his high school career, he set school records in career home runs, single season batting average and single season RBI totals. He still holds the SSHS career home run mark. He is now second in batting average and RBI.
In addition to his baseball career, Cody was also a three-year letterman in football and two-time Second Team All-District player. He graduated in 1989 in the top 10 of his class.
Cody is a Texas A&M University graduate with a bachelor of business administration degree who is currently the corporate controller for GSC Enterprises.
He and his wife, Tracey, have two sons, Cain and Campbell. He is the son of Bob and Surene Cody.
His plaque will be presented by his high school baseball coach, Rick Robertson.
Damiyon Bell, '93
Bell was a four-year letterman for the Wildcats in football, and was named First Team All-State his final two years at safety.
His junior and senior seasons, he also played quarterback for the Cats, and led the team in 1991 to the only 10-0 regular season record in school history. He was named District MVP that year.
His senior season, he was named First Team All-District at quarterback and defensive back.
Bell received a scholarship to Stephen F. Austin State University and was a four-year letterman. In 1995, he was selected First Team All-American and All-Southland Conference when he led the conference in interceptions.
His senior season, Bell was named team captain and Honorable Mention All-American.
After graduating with a degree in business administration, he is currently account executive for TAC Worldwide.
Bell, the son of Valanderous and Ronnie Bell, has one son, Donavan. He will be receiving the Hall of Fame plaque from his brother, Jeffrey Bell.
Tameria Jimmerson, '97
Jimmerson won numerous awards during her high school career, but none could top the gold medal she received in the shot put at the state track and field meet as a junior.
She was a three-year letterman in track and basketball. In addition to her state championship, she also holds the SSHS school record in the shot put. Jimmerson was district champion in the event her junior and senior seasons.
In basketball, she was First Team All-District and Second Team All-Region and All-State her senior season while leading the Lady Cats in scoring and rebounding. Jimmerson was named the Forrest Gregg MVP winner her season year.
She received a basketball scholarship to Lamar University and was also on the track team.
Jimmerson is currently attending Northeast Texas Community College and is on track to graduate in August with a degree in nursing. The daughter of Frank and Josie Jimmerson, Tameria has one daughter, Trinity.
Presenting the Hall of Fame plaque will be her track coach, Ernesteen Colvins.