‘Standing in the Hall of Fame’

‘Standing in the Hall of Fame’

Blue Devils honor to local legends with Hall of Fame induction

WM School District It's another star-studded group of former Blue Devil athletes as West Memphis inducts five into the fourth class of the West Memphis Sports Hall of Fame.

The induction banquet will be held Oct. 11 at Southland Gaming and Racing. A cocktail social will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the banquet at 7 p.m. at the Starting Gate Event Center.

The class of inductees includes basketball coach Larry Bray, football star Charles Stackhouse, Lady Devil basketball star Tywanna Inmon-Smith, track and field star Mike Maxwell and former athletic director Wallace Chandler.

'Our Hall of Fame is great because it allows a lot of people who have lived her for a long time see the former greats, some of whom may have moved away and haven't seen them for a long time,' said Bray, who is the West Memphis athletic director.

'You get a chance to reunite with these great athletes and it's also one of the top events of the year in West Memphis.'

Bray is the all-time winningest coach in West Memphis athletics, with more than 500 victories as the boys basketball coach from 1984-2017. The LaGrange, Ga., native came to West Memphis after a successful collegiate career as a player for San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College and Henderson State University, where he was an NAIA All-American in 1974.

Bray was hired as the East Junior High boys basketball coach in the fall of 1974. At East he coached future Blue Devil stars Michael Cage, Tim Harrell, Mike McFerrin, Stanley Andrews and Nakita Robertson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

Bray moved up to West Memphis High School in the fall of 1979 as an assistant to head coach Bill Terwilliger. That season began a two-year domination of Blue Devil basketball as the team won 60 straight games and two straight Overall state championships.

Bray succeeded Terwilliger as head coach in 1984. Bray's teams won nine conference championships and state championships in 1991, 1997, 2004 and 2005.

He was inducted into the Henderson State Hall of Fame and in July of 2017 he was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Inmon-Smith was a Lady Devil basketball star from 1997-2000. In her senior season she led head coach Shelia Burns' team in scoring and rebounding, while also leading the program to an 88-19 record in her three years.

Inmon-Smith signed a basketball scholarship with Ole Miss, where she was named Newcomer of the Year her freshman season.

She led the Lady Rebs to their first NCAA Tournament in eight seasons. She still holds the record for third-most rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game. She also enjoyed a lengthy professional career in Europe.

Stackhouse was a twotime all-state player for head coach Grafton Moore's football team from 1995-97, in which he rushed for over 1,000 yards in his junior and senior seasons. He signed a football scholarship with Ole Miss, where he earned All-SEC honors and was named team captain his senior year.

Stackhouse played in the NFL for the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans.

Maxwell was a track star for the Blue Devils from 1965-66. He set the school records in the 100-yard dash and the 220-yard dash with times of 9.7 and 22.1 respectively. He also set conference and state records in both events.

Maxwell competed for Arkansas A& M in college, where he also set the school records in the 100 and 220 with times of 9.4 and 21.6 respectively. He was also an assistant football coach for the Blue Devils under Moore from 1977-81. Maxwell also led Earle to the 1984 state championship game as a head coach.

Chandler was the athletic director for West Memphis from 1975 through 2000 and also was an assistant coach in baseball under Moore in the 1980s.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person and $250 for a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased at the West Memphis School District's Administrative office on South Avalon.

By Billy Woods