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Bulldog Boosters celebrate Knox family, honor top players

Most everyone agreed it was a great night.

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The plaque honoring Knox family matriarch Ruth Knox sits on a table as family members talk with booster club supporters during Friday night's banquet.

The Thomson High School Athletic Booster Club banquet took place Friday evening at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, and those in attendance were pleased with the outcome.

More than 150 people attended the festivities in which the Robert E. Knox, Sr. family was honored and the club's two scholarships were awarded.

Defensive Lineman Matt Smith received the Adam McCorkle/Tony Smith Scholarship, and Offensive Lineman Pat Finnerty was named as the recipient of the inaugural Mary Knox McNeill scholarship.

"It was an especially good honor to be able to honor (the Knox family), because they do so much for the program," said Booster Club Vice President Rick McCorkle. "They're kind of our unsung heroes, so to speak. They do so much for us behind the scenes that people don't realize, so it was a special night for us to be able to do that."

The Knox family was thankful for the recognition and the opportunity to announce the recipient of its scholarship.

"We were obviously very pleased and excited to get that award. That was very, very nice and very special, and we appreciate it very much," said Thomson Mayor Bob Knox, Jr. "We've been long-time Thomson High Athletic Booster Club supporters and will be for a long time in the future.

"We're particularly glad that our sister Mary was able to be honored with the scholarship in her name."

Mayor Knox was also pleased with the choice of the scholarship's recipient for its inaugural year.

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Mrs. Knox hugs Ralph Starlig as members of her family look on.

"Pat's a fine young man. I don't think there's anybody that's more deserving of it than him," he said. "He's worked awfully hard for four years on the football field, and we're real proud of him."

The Rick McCorkle family also had good things to say about the recipient of the scholarship that honors their son Adam as well as Tony Smith.

"We were real pleased that Matt got (Adam's)," said Mr. McCorkle. "He's been a long-time friend of the family, so we were real surprised and pleased at the same time."

After handing out the awards and scholarships, the attendees were treated to a dinner catered by Neal's Barbecue of Thomson. Then perennial speaker at the banquet, Cooper Gunby, introduced the keynote speaker, Claude McBride.

A former chaplain at the University of Georgia, Mr. McBride is also a southern humorist. He spoke dressed as a hillbilly character, telling comical stories from around his fictional home town.

"I thought Cooper Gunby did a great job, and Claude McBride was real funny," said Booster Club member Stuart Young. "It was a different way of telling you what should come first in life."



Web posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2005











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