Joe Brown, a 1959 graduate of West Yadkin High School, recently released his latest book, “WEST YADKIN 3 — TEACHERS & MORE,” at a news conference at the old West Yadkin High School in Hamptonville.
“WEST YADKIN 3” is the continuation of the history and memories of West Yadkin High School and follows the release of WEST YADKIN 1 on Feb. 8, 2011, and then WEST YADKIN 2 on June 7, 2011.
“WEST YADKIN 3” covers in detail many of the 165 dedicated teachers who taught in the 32 years that West Yadkin was both a high school and an elementary school. This book has more than 175 pictures of students and teachers as well as coverage of sporting events.
“WEST YADKIN 3” begins with Mr. Ray Madison’s story from his own memoirs of his determination to get a college education and become a teacher. The book is in honor and in deep appreciation to Mrs. Helen Wishon, longtime English and French teacher. These two great teachers, who were good examples of hard work, are on the front cover. There are many good teachers who taught at West Yadkin and who are covered in this book as well as in West Yadkin 1 and West Yadkin 2. We were blessed to have such dedicated teachers and principals.
“WEST YADKIN 3” is dedicated to the memory of Coach Jack Williams and to former student and athlete, Wayne Wagoner. Coach Williams is featured in a chapter about his days of playing basketball at Wake Forest College and then teaching and coaching at West Yadkin High School. Mr. Williams would later be the principal of West Yadkin Elementary School.
“WEST YADKIN 3” ends with a chapter on Tommy Wilmoth, one of the greatest pitchers in the history of West Yadkin baseball. Tommy only lost two games in his four-year career at West Yadkin and ended his career at our school by pitching a 12 inning complete game, striking out 28 batters. He was also the quarterback on the football team. What a great athlete and fine young man.
Thanks to Mrs. Jack (Louise) Williams for the good information on Coach Williams, and thanks to Camille Wilmoth Woodard for the information on her Dad.
Thanks also to the many former students and teachers who helped provide information for all three WEST YADKIN books. It has been a lot of fun to relive the good old days over the past year. I have met a lot of members of the West Yadkin family that I did not know. What a good time of memories of life at the greatest school ever, WEST YADKIN HIGH SCHOOL.
We are blessed at West Yadkin! Enjoy the memories!
All of Joe Brown’s books are available at West Yadkin School and at Diana’s Bookstore in Elkin.
You may contact Joe at 336-996-7752, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at www.Haystackpress.com.