ELLISVILLE – Three men have been selected for induction into the Jones County Junior College Sports Hall of Fame.
Former JCJC athletic director and football player George Harrison, along with former football standouts Chauncey Davis and Jackie Parker, comprise the Class of 2013.
They will be recognized on Sept. 14 during Hall of Fame Weekend when the Bobcats host MACJC South Division rival Pearl River Community College in a 7 p.m. contest. There will be an induction banquet at 5 p.m. in the lobby of Jones Hall that day and the inductees will be recognized at halftime of the football game.
Harrison was born in March of 1944 in Opelousas, La. He currently resides in Bay St. Louis.
He lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track at Opelousas Catholic High School and transferred to Ellisville Agricultural High School for his senior year in 1961-62.
Harrison played football under JCJC and MACJC Sports Hall of Famer Sim Cooley in 1962-63. He was a two-year letterman and a member of the J-Club. The Bobcats were 5-5-1 in 1962 and 7-3 in 1963.
He graduated from Jones in 1964 with an AA degree and received a football scholarship to Louisiana College, where he played in 1964 and 1965 and was a two-year letterman. He graduated from Louisiana College in 1966 with a BA degree.
Harrison coached football and track at Maddox Junior High in Laurel in 1966-67. He served as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Bishop Kenney High School in Jacksonville, Fla., from 1967-69. His 1969 baseball team won the district title and competed in the state tournament.
He coached football and basketball at St. John High School in Gulfport in 1969-70. He was named the conference Coach of the Year in basketball in 1970.
Harrison then went to Harrison Central High School from 1970-72, where he coached football and track in 1970-71 and was athletic director and head football coach in 1971-72.
He received his master's degree in education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1971 and did additional graduate studies at Southern Miss, Mississippi College and William Carey University.
He served as a history instructor and Director of Auxiliary Services at Jones from 1973-98 and as athletic director from 1998 until his retirement in 2006. Under his leadership, the Bobcats won two state football championships (1998, 2001), one state baseball title (2002) and one women's state basketball crown (2001). He also reorganized the Bobcat Club in 1998.
Harrison served as president and was a member of the Mississippi Association of College Stores from 1973-98. He also served as president of the Ellisville Rotary Club for many years and was a member of the club's WDAM Civic Quiz team.
He was a member of Laurel's Immaculate Conception Church from 1961-2006 and served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Laurel Council 2180. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1976.
Harrison is a member of the Immaculate Parish Council and is a lector and member of Saint Rose De Lima Church in Bay St. Louis.
He also coached youth league baseball in Ellisville for many years and has served on the Board of Directors at Dixie Golf Club, Laurel Country Club and Pass Christian Isles Golf Club.
He continues to be an active member of the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club.
Harrison and his wife, the former Princy Cook of Bay St. Louis, have been married for 45 years. They have four children: Lisa Chancellor and her husband, Mike; Sarah Ishee and her husband, Josh; George Harrison and John Harrison. They have four grandchildren: Claire Chancellor (11), James Chancellor (10), Grace Chancellor (8) and Emily Ishee (1).
Davis was born in Bartow, Fla., in 1983 and was an All-State and All-American as a senior at Auburndale High School in Florida in 2000.
He played for the Bobcats in 2001-02 and led the Bobcats to a 10-1 record and state championship in 2001. JCJC was 8-4 in 2002 and competed in the Heart of Texas Bowl.
Davis then attended Florida State University in 2003-04. He had 40 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick in 24 games with the Seminoles. He was an outside linebacker as a junior and was moved to defensive end as a senior.
Davis was named the team's Most Improved Defensive End and Outstanding Player after his senior year at FSU.
The Seminoles of head coach Bobby Bowden went 10-3 in 2003 and lost to Miami, Fla., in the Orange Bowl. They were 9-3 in 2004 and defeated West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
He was then drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He played six years with the Falcons before signing as a free agent with the Chicago Bears where he played for one year. During his NFL career, Davis recorded 186 tackles and had 10 quarterback sacks.
Davis has created several foundations to help people in his community through the years. One of those is Chauncey's Early Birds in Atlanta, which offers year-round health education and fitness programs that encourage children to stay fit for life.
He has established several businesses in the Atlanta area and has also given money to the JCJC football program.
Davis has also established the Cheryl Windham Scholarship at JCJC, which goes to a deserving sophomore each year who has a special financial need.
Davis currently resides in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Parker is one of the celebrated players to ever play at JCJC.
Parker and his wife, Peggy Jo, came to JCJC from Knoxville, Tenn., where they were recruited to school by JCJC head coach Paul Davis, who was also from Knoxville. Parker played at Young City High School in Knoxville, where he was an All-City tailback.
At JCJC, the Parkers lived in the barracks and ate in the cafeteria. Jackie Parker played football, basketball and baseball, while Peggy Jo played basketball and tennis.
Parker played on the 1950-51 football teams, helping the Bobcats to a 9-0-1 record and the state title in 1951. Parker was also a standout on the baseball team, helping JCJC to a South Division title and state runnerup finish in 1951 and a state championship in 1952.
Parker then went to Mississippi State University where he achieved even more acclaim. After playing mostly running back at JCJC, he was moved to quarterback at Mississippi State under head coach Murray Warmath and assistant coach Darrell Royal.
He was an All-SEC performer for two years and All-American at Mississippi State. He was the Nashville Banner's SEC Player of the Year for two years. He led the Bulldogs in rushing, scoring and passing and he also punted, kicked extra points and field goals and was a top defensive player.
Parker set the SEC record for points in a season in 1952 with 120. It was a record that stood until 1981 when Georgia's Herschel Walker tied it. Georgia's Garrison Hearst broke the record in 1992 when he scored 126 points.
Parker was drafted by the Detroit Lions, but Royal was named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in1954 and Parker followed him to the Canadian Football League.
Parker guided the Eskimos to the Grey Cup title in 1954, 1955 and 1956. He was an outstanding running back, quarterback and defensive back. He was a Western Conference All-Star as a running back in 1954, 1957 and 1959 and as a quarterback in 1955, 1956, 1958, 1960 and 1961.
He won six consecutive Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophies as the West's most outstanding player from 1956-61 and seven overall. He was awarded the Schenley Award as Canadian football's most outstanding player in 1957, 1958 and 1960.
After the 1962 season, Parker was traded to the Toronto Argonauts where he played from 1963-65. He finished his playing career with the British Columbia Lions in 1968. He was an assistant coach with the team, but came out of retirement to play quarterback one more time when injuries hampered the team.
By the time he retired, Parker had scored a then CFL record 750 points.
After his playing days, Parker coached in the CFL. He coached the Lions for part of the 1969 season and all of 1970. He served as the Lions general manager until 1975.
He coached the Eskimos from 1983 until two games into the 1987 season when he resigned for health reasons two games into the season.
Parker's No. 91 jersey is in the Wall of Honour at the Eskimos' Commonwealth Stadium. "Jackie Parker Park" in Edmonton was named in his honor.
He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1971, the Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1972, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and was part of the inaugural class of the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
Parker died on Nov. 7, 2006, of throat cancer.
His widow, Peggy Jo, still resides in Edmonton.
JCJC Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 2007
Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard
Class of 2008
Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos
Class of 2009
Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry "Sally" Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup
Class of 2010
Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson
Class of 2011
Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte
Class of 2012
Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland
Class of 2013
Chauncey Davis, George Harrison Jackie Parker