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'He loved them like he was a giant': Public address booth at Brickyard to get Poss' name

Cecil Poss was the voice of the Brickyard for more than 20 years. After his passing last April, his devotion to the Bulldogs had been on the minds of several community members.

They decided it was time to do something about it.

On Oct. 29, Mr. Poss' long-time service to Thomson High School athletics will be honored when the public address booth in the Brickyard will be named after him.

In a joint effort between The McDuffie Mirror and the Thomson High Athletic Booster Club, a plaque will be placed in memory of Mr. Poss in the booth where he spent many Friday nights calling the action.

"The Thomson Bulldogs was his life. He loved those kids, and he did a good job," said Ralph Starling, a Booster club member and friend of Mr. Poss. "He had a unique voice. I've never heard a voice quite like Cecil's. His voice was synonymous with Thomson football."

Joyce Shurling, THS secretary and "adopted sister" of Mr. Poss thinks the honor is a much deserved one.

"He wasn't big enough to play, but he loved them like he was a giant," she said. "He bled black and gold."

Jerry Randolph, former WTHO color commentator for THS football coverage, took over for Mr. Poss in the booth last season when his lungs began to fail him. Even though Mr. Poss hasn't been announcing at the Brickyard for two seasons now, Mrs. Shurling said it still feels strange not hearing his voice through the loud speakers.

"It hurts to think he's not up there," she said. "I think this is a well deserved honor. I wish it had been done earlier in the season."

Mirror Editor Jason Smith agreed.

"Mr. Poss is an icon to Thomson Bulldog fans everywhere. His familiar voice warmed the hearts of many players, parents and community members," Mr. Smith said. "It's time that his devotion to family, community and his favorite team be honored in this way, and I am glad The Mirror could be part of it."

A ceremony honoring Mr. Poss will take place prior to the Bulldogs' final regular season game on Friday night. The plaque will be presented and later hung in the booth, officially naming it the Cecil Poss Public Address Booth.



Web posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004


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