JONESVILLE — A moment of remembrance for a very special lady, recognition of a man for his service to the school and the community, victory on the football field of the old high school, and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and her court, made Jonesville Elementary/Middle School’s Homecoming “A Night To Remember” indeed.
Last Thursday (Oct. 26), Jonesville Elementary/Middle School celebrated Homecoming which the school called “A Night To Remember.”
It was definitely a night to remember as, first, it was not held on the JEMS football field, but on the football field of the old Jonesville High School. The Jonesville Middle School Football Team took to the field against Pacolet in a game that saw the Wildcats trail for the the first three quarters until coming back in the fourth quarter to win a Homecoming victory of 28-26.
The victory was especially memorable for JEMS’ 8th grade players for whom Thursday was not only the last game of the season, but their last game as members of the team. In honor of this, Homecoming was also “8th Grade Night” which recognized the 8th grade players and their families.
A press release issued by the school states that “a night to remember was a tremendous success at Jonesville High. A huge crowd attended. 8th Grade Night was a success as this was the football players last game playing for the Wildcats. They were recognized along with their parents.”
In addition to the Wildcat victory on the field and the recognition of the8th grade members of the team, Homecoming was A Night To Remember in other ways as well.
Dedication For Mrs. Sherry
The evening got under way with a “moment of remembrance” for long-time Wildcat supporter Sherry Gregory.
Tonight, at our 2017-2018 Homecoming game, we would like to take a moment to remember Mrs. Sherry Gregory. Mrs. Sherry worked with Union County Schools for more than 30 years before retiring in 2009. However, her dedication to the students, faculty, and staff of Jonesville did not retire. She continued to touch the lives of many students by volunteering and substituting until the Lord called her Home just this year.
Mrs. Sherry was forever blue. She supported all Jonesville school activities and served for over 20 years as a member of the Jonesville Athletic Booster Club. Her presence will be greatly missed. Please join me at this time in observing a moment of silence for our number one Wildcat fan, Mrs. Sherry Gregory.
Coach Henderson Honored
The evening was also made memorable with the recognition of Coach John “Head” Henderson for his service to the school and the community.
The press release issued by the school states that Henderson “has been a pillar in the Jonesville Community, as well as a teacher, coach, mentor, and an overall extremely valuable asset to the kids, faculty, and staffs at Union County Schools for over 30 years.
The press release states that Henderson “graduated from Jonesville High School is 1976, where he played football and basketball. He graduated at Winthrop University with a degree in Physical Education in 1983. He volunteered for the football program at Jonesville High for two years.”
In 1985, the press release states that Henderson “began working in the district as a teacher and coach at Jonesville High. Coach Henderson coached Defensive Line and Offensive Line for his beloved Wildcats, as well as other sports at Jonesville, from ’83 till 2007. He then followed his good friend David Lipsey to coach and teach at Union County High in 2007. While coaching at Jonesville and Union County, he has been a part of several championship teams. Coach Henderson has coached at Jonesville Middle School since 2011.“
Henderson was honored at Homecoming for his service to the school and the community as he is retiring at the end of the current school year.
The evening was also made memorable by the crowning of the JEMS Homecoming Queen and her court.
The press release states that Riley Gregory was crowned Homecoming Queen. It points out that years ago her mother, Gina, was crowned Jonesville High School’s Homecoming Queen.
Dymia Brannon was First Runner-Up and Kyleigh Allen was Second Runner-Up. Rounding out the Homecoming Court was Landyn Queen and Bethany Hames.
The press release states that “there were lots of notable faces in the crowd, old coaches, students, teachers and players that make Jonesville such a special place.”
There were, however, two notable faces that were not present for Homecoming.
In the press release, Coach John J. Voiselle said that “Coach Pat Littlejohn told me to let everyone know that he loves them and misses them and wishes he and his wife could have made it. His wife just had surgery. He said he loves everyone and to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Voiselle concluded by offering “many thanks to Bruce Cook who thought of and originated this event. The Mayor (of Jonesville) Mr. Ernest Moore and the Town of Jonesville for hosting. Kevin Smith and Robert Langford for helping me get the field painted. Kathy Taylor and the JEMS staff for their hard work. Dee Dee McDade for organizing the canteen. Dean “DJ Big” Gregory for the PA system and music. And the Union County School District for their approval of this event.”