Hall of Honor inductees chosen
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Van Buren High School Hall of Honor inductees for 2014 are J.B. Hays and Dave Williams.
An induction ceremony for the class of 2014 honorees will be held Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Van Buren Fine Arts Center on the VBHS campus. Tickets for the event are $10.
A reception for the inductees will begin at noon in the high school commons area where the Hall of Honor is located.
Hays is a 1951 Van Buren High School, Washington University School of Dentistry, and Mayo Clinic School of Medicine graduate.
At the age of 22, Hays earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and received the C.V. Mosby Scholarship Book Award his senior year at Washington University. He also served in the Air Force with a rank of captain.
Hays is a member of the American Dental Association, Arkansas State Dental Association, American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Fayetteville Dental Association. He has served as a board member for the American Cancer Society, the Northside Rotary Club, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Finance Committee for Central United Methodist Church.
In an effort to affect change, Hays has been instrumental in the establishment of the Northwest Arkansas Free Health Center’s dental clinic, and has served on a medical Mission to Haiti. He has supported a scholarship for University of Arkansas-Fort Smith dental hygiene students for years.
Williams, known as Coach Williams, was a 1961 Van Buren High School and a 1968 University of Arkansas Monticello graduate. His high school coaching career spanned 45 years.
An all-state lineman for VBHS, Williams won several Gold Gloves and Amateur Athletic Union boxing titles while attending high school and college.
Williams’ coaching career started in 1968 at Blytheville High School where he took a job as offensive coordinator. In 1981 he took the head football coach and athletic director position at Pocahontas High School, and served in that position through 2013.
Between 1981 and 2006 he led the Pocahontas Redskins to nine conference championships, and appeared in the state play-offs 17 times. He also was recognized as a leading Arkansas coach by participating in the 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2007 Arkansas All-Star football game as part of the coaching staff.
During his career, Coach Williams coached the football teams he led to more than 200 victories.
Coach Williams was named Arkansas Coach of the year nine times, in 1988, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In addition to his football success, Williams also coached Pocahontas to five conference championships in track and field.
During his tenure in Pocahontas he became a well respected and much beloved community institution and remains an icon, with a legacy of influence on generations of young people which will live long after his death, which occurred in 2013.
Inductees will also be recognized during activities surrounding the high school football team’s home game with Greenwood Sept. 26.
To pre-order tickets for the induction ceremony, call (479) 471-4017.