Pages from the past: Update on Tyrone Washington

By CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,

100 YEARS AGO,

NOVEMBER 1919

LETTER TO THE EDITOR, J. A. RICHARDSON: Dear Joe, I would like to tell you about our hunting outing. The group was composed of W. A. Earnest, in full command, W. J. Holt, auto chaperon, 2nd Lt. J. M. Heathman, Tent Officer, 3rd Lt, Sid Fletcher, tent officer, Col. Brewer, commander, and oh yes, our hero who slew the deer. Signed: One of the above

LOCAL NEWS: Albert Pittman witnessed the football game between Mississippi College and Ole Miss. While there, he visited his brother, DeWitt, who is a student there.

50 YEARS AGO,

NOVEMBER 1969

SCHOOL NEWS: The annual club of Indianola High School has been busy selling ads for the 1970 Indian Trails. Top salesmen are Wanda Tupman, Carol Fultz, Brenda Kilby, Barry McGregor, Diann Clark and Tomilyn Webb.

AROUND THE TOWN BY JAYNE JOHNON: Presbyterian Men of the Church met Monday night for their regular monthly supper meeting. In charge of the food were Paul Martin, Bill Hendon, and Pete Kilby with President John Weathersby presiding.

SUNFLOWER NEWS BY MARY ALICE WOFFORD: Today just wasn’t our day at Sunflower Elevator. Thankfully, no one was killed. The screening house collapsed of its own weight, crushing Albert Bush’s big truck which was parked under it.

OBIT: Mr. Forrest C. Cantebury died at his home at 614 Roosevelt Street on October 19. Services were held at Mt, Beulah M. B. Church with burial in the Heathman Mr. Zion Cemetery.

25 YEARS AGO,

NOVEMBER 1994

Gentry Senior Tyrone Washington will change school mascots but not his school colors of maroon and white. The Gentry stand-out signed a scholarship to play for Mississippi State University under Coach Richard Williams. He is one of the top ranked high school players in the nation.

CRIME: Three Sunflower County jail inmates have been charged with destroying public property. Jailer Billy Weeks said they tried to escape by chiseling the mortar out of bricks in their cells and inserting toothpaste to keep it hidden.

15 YEARS AGO,

NOVEMBER 2004

NEWS: Nicki DeJesus, a museum consultant was in town to discuss long term strategic planning with the B. B. King Foundation Board. Members attending were Gwen Triplett, Leslee Linn, Carver Randle and Randy Randall.

GENTRY HIGH NEWS: Mayor Arthur Marble was the guest speaker at Gentry High School’s Veterans Day Program. Mayor Marble is an Air Force veteran.

CLUB NEWS: The Twentieth Century Club is again preparing baskets of goodies for emergency personnel who have to spend Thanksgiving away from their families. Working on the project are members Rivers Phillips, Lanny Kennedy, Sara Ann Harris and Caren Cerutti.

UPDATE ON TYRONE WASHINGTON;.

Tyrone Washington is now a resident of Atlanta, Georgia where he is a successful businessman. He is the Regional Manager for Aaron Rentals and the owner of Mount Trucking Company. He remains the same polite young man as he was when he was a star high school basketball player. After signing his scholarship to play at Mississippi State for the legendary coach Richard Williams he set records. He was first in the SEC in blocked shots and second in rebounds. He was on the 1996 team at MSU when they played in the Final Four. After college, he was drafted by the Houston Rockets and played on overseas teams and in the NBA Player Development. When contacted, Washington talked fondly of his days at Gentry and his hometown of Indianola. “I enjoy going back to Indianola and do so as frequently as I can. My best friend is there, Randy Brownlee and my aunt, Josephine Chappell. I have another longtime friend, Greg Sykes, who is from there and we stay in touch. I love Indianola and its people,” Washington said.

Sharon Logan Wade remembers Tyrone Washington as being a very talented basketball player and a nice young man. “When I worked at the Sunflower County Farm Bureau, Garry Woodruff, the manager and I would attend championship games in Jackson, Farm Bureau sponsored awards and we presented several trophies to Tyrone and the Gentry High School team. I recall him being so very polite,” Logan said.

The Indianola basketball great is married and has a daughter, lives a city life, but will quickly tell you he is proud to be from Indianola.

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