It is the dream of nearly every man that he will leave some sort of lasting legacy after he has passed away. While not everyone gets the honor of having a public building or area named in his honor, a very special few do.
Last year, the late Cecil Poss joined this elite group of individuals. The public address booth at the Brickyard, where Thomson High School plays its football games was dedicated to his memory.
It was in that booth that Mr. Poss announced football games for nearly a quarter century.
"I guess my favorite memory of Mr. Poss was the sound of his voice," said Jerry Randolph, the current voice of the Brickyard. "He was a little guy, but he had a voice made for public address announcing."
Mr. Randolph also commented on the uniqueness of his voice and his love of the community as well as the school.
"There will never be another Cecil Poss," Mr. Randolph said.
The booth got another addition this off season, with the construction of walls to separate the public address facility from the other various booths within the press box. Now it is truly a booth.
According to Mr. Randolph, there are plans to add pictures and other memorabilia in Mr. Poss' memory in the booth. The proclamation naming a day in Mr. Poss' honor from Thomson Mayor Bob Knox currently hangs on the new wall behind Mr. Randolph's seat.
Many will remember that one of Mr. Poss' final games he called from the booth was the 2002 state championship game. Thomson defeated Thomas County Central in that game, 42-27.
Indeed, Mr. Poss' presence was one that meant a lot to the patrons of the Brickyard. These sentiments were best expressed by Mr. Randolph.
"I miss him," he said.