The White Hall Community Center will be the location for the upcoming Eighth Annual Sports Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled to take place on Monday, May 13. The banquet is set to start at 6:30 p.m. This year nominees are Corey Jones, Don Phillips, and Donald “Korky” Wayne. Tickets for the event may be purchased at the High School for $15 each.
The induction of Corey Jones into the White Hall Sports Hall of Fame is in recognition of his accomplishments as an athlete while attending WHHS. Jones lettered in football in 1984, 1985 and 1986. In ’85 he was named to the All County, All District and All Southeast Conference teams. The next year he garnered All County, All District, All Southeast Arkansas, All State and All Star honors. He was also named 5AAA South Offensive Back of the Year, All Southeast Arkansas Defensive Player of the Year and winner of the Bulldog Award.
In addition to football honors, Jones was also a three-year letterman in track and basketball and was a member of the 1984 and 1986 5AAA South Conference Basketball Championship teams. After high school, Jones entered Henderson State University where he played football and was named Defensive Player of the Week as a freshman. His senior year, he was team captain and was selected to the All AIC Defensive Team. After graduating from college, Jones accepted a position at Pinnacle Point Behavioral Healthcare where he currently serves as Director of Therapeutic Recreation. Jones lives in Maumelle and is actively involved in many volunteer endeavors.
Don Phillips’ induction into the White Hall Sports Hall of Fame is in appreciation of his contributions to the sports programs of White Hall High School. Phillips lettered four years in football, basketball and track. In ’69-’70, he placed third in pole vault in the conference track meet. The next year, his football team went undefeated; the basketball team finished 16-4, and he placed fifth in the state track meet. His pole vault of 10’6”set a new conference record.
In the summer of 1973, Phillips attended the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Camp; and, in the fall, he became the president of the first huddle at WHHS. His senior year, Phillips was named Jaycee Outstanding Athlete of the Year, All City, and All Region in football and basketball. Graduating from WHHS with honors in 1974, Phillips entered Ouachita Baptist University where he lettered in tennis in 1976 and was an AIC Champion in doubles and singles.
Upon graduation from OBU, with honors, Phillips enrolled in Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and earned a Master of Divinity. He currently lives in Camden where he is pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.
Donald “Korky” Wayne’s induction into the White Hall Sports Hall of Fame is in appreciation of his contributions to the basketball program of WHHS and to athletics in general. Wayne was a two-year letterman in basketball at WHHS. His teams won the district championship two years and became state champs in 1966. His senior year, Wayne was named to the Pine Bluff Commercial All Area team and to the All District and All State teams. Wayne accepted a basketball scholarship to Henderson State University where he lettered all four years. In 1970 he was selected Best Defensive player for the Reddies. Wayne graduated from HSU with an MSE and spent the next 45 years as athletic director, dean of students, teacher and coach. His career took him to Monticello, Rison, Jefferson Prep and finally to Hamburg where he coached for 30 years, twenty-six of those as head basketball coach. His teams at Hamburg won one state championship and garnered one state runner-up title, five conference championships and five district championships. In 2018 Wayne was awarded the Richie Emory Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hamburg School District. He is now retired and lives in Hamburg.