2014 Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame class announced

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 14, 2014 

North Johnston’s Thomas R. Jackson III; Princeton’s Dr. Donnie R. Jones; Smithfield-Selma’s Mike Vinson and South Johnston’s Tol Avery will be inducted into the Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m on April 26 at Corinth Holders High.

Avery was a football, basketball, baseball and track all-star at South Johnston High before becoming the starting quarterback at N.C. State for three years. He set a Wolfpack record for rushing yards by a quarterback during 1980 with 456 yards. He set the school record for career completions with 294 and later played with the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League.

Avery served in the U.S. Army in Germany, Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Bosnia and Macedonia and later was a Military Science Instructor at the University of Houston. He is an assistant principal at South Johnston High.

Jackson was a three-sport standout at North Johnston and a four-year starter on the offensive line at Western Carolina. He was an all-Southern Conference selection in 1992 and 1993.

Vinson taught and coached in Johnston County for 34 years. He worked with 18 principals at four schools and eight head coaches. He was athletics director at Smithfield-Selma Senior, Smithfield-Selma Middle, Selma Middle and Harrison Junior High. He was a wrestling coach at Smithfield-Selma Senior.

Jones was a physician in Princeton from 1946 through 1992 and was the team physician for Princeton athletes for 34 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was on the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees and the Johnston County School Board.

Tickets to the banquet are $10 each and available at any Johnston County high school.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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