By Tommie Kendall
With laughter, tears and smiles, the third class of the Eminence Hall of Fame was officially inducted Saturday night at a banquet in the school's cafeteria.
Among those inducted this year were J.S. Robertson, Harvey Marcum, Wallace Lowrey, Harold Frazier, Daisy Stinson-Sneed, Wayne Gunnell, Don VanMeter, Gino Kirchner, Vance Blade, Jim Willhite and Keith Blackburn. They were also honored at halftime of the Evangel Christian football game Friday night.
They join the first class of Eric Bachelor, Claude "Skip" Berry, Troy Cook, Levi Gordon, Jim Green, Ray Henderson, Harold Lindsey, Crissy Roberts, J.T. Stinson, Mark McCoy Tarry and Martha Tarry; along with the second class of Brad Bates, Woody Joe Barwick, Claude Berry, Jr., Eddie Gordon, Jack Johnson, Joe Rucker, Joyce Winburn, Donnie Young, Mont Sleets, Jackie Purvis and Greg Lawson.
•J.S. Robertson led the Warriors to their second ever state basketball tournament appearance in 1939, where the squad defeated St. Xavier in the opening round before losing to Corbin. Robertson, who was captain on both the football and basketball teams at Eminence, was selected to Kentucky's First-Team All-State in basketball.
•Harvey Marcum was a key player in Eminence's 1939 trip to the state basketball tournament as a sophomore. He was named to Kentucky's Second-Team All-State, the All-North Central Kentucky Conference Team and the All-8th Region Team. He was the brother of professional baseball player Johnny Marcum, who pitched against Babe Ruth.
•Wallace Lowrey led the Warriors to their third and final state basketball tournament appearance in 1949, 20 years following their first in 1929 and 10 years following their second in 1939. In '49, he was named outstanding player in the 8th Region, to Kentucky's All-State Team, and was captain of the All-North Central Kentucky Conference Team.
•Harold Frazier, a 1962 EHS graduate, played basketball and baseball all four years for the Warriors, and football for two years. He has served in the sports programs at Eminence for more than 45 years.
•Daisy Stinson-Sneed, a 1964 EHS graduate, was a cheerleader, cheerleader sponsor, and band director for 27 years at EHS. She is now a full-time sales rep for Varsity Spirit fashions in Richmond.
•Wayne Gunnell, a 1966 EHS graduate, was inducted for his outstanding achievements with the city of Eminence. He has served on the city council and has been a magistrate since 1981. He was the 2006 Outstanding Public Servant of the Year, awarded by the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association.
•Don VanMeter came to Eminence in 1968 as the school's biology and chemistry teacher. He also served as the girls' basketball coach for many years.
•Gino Kirchner is a 1977 EHS graduate. He played basketball for the Warriors, and has served as a coach, teacher, principal and now deputy superintendent.
•Vance Blade is a 1978 EHS graduate. He was all-state honorable mention three times in basketball, was ranked the top player in the 8th Region as a senior and played four years at Berea College. At Berea, he scored over 1,000 points and had 884 rebounds, which still ranks in the top 10 at Berea. He now serves on the Berea College Board of Trustees.
•Jim Willhite was Eminence's basketball coach from 1973-92. He had a 153-110 record with the Warriors, had seven winning seasons and seven regional-tournament appearances. He had a 30-7 record against Henry County, one of his fondest memories, he said.
•Keith Blackburn is a 1993 EHS graduate. He is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder for the Warriors, was Second-Team All-State his senior year and earned a scholarship to Indiana University Southeast, where he was a starter. He is currently the head coach of the Eminence boys' basketball team.
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