UNION — Five former athletes and a former coach will be the 2012 inductees into the Union County Hall of Fame. Todd Davis, Andre Powell, Donald “Duck” Addis, Kimberly Dianne Booker, Paul Davis and Russell H. Bates will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Union County Stadium when the Yellow Jackets host Broome Oct. 5.
One of the most heavily recruited athletes at Union High, Division 1 schools began looking at Todd during his sophomore year. Although best known for his abilities on the football field, Todd also lettered in wrestling and track. Throughout his junior and senior years, he played both offense and defense and was the long snapper for the punt team. He helped lead the Jackets to a 4A State Championship in 1995.
Todd was voted best offensive lineman for two consecutive years and was an All Region selection his senior year. He was named All Area and was selected All State Honorable Mention by the Greenville News.
Todd was an AP All State selection in 1995 and 1996 and was named to the High School Sports Report All State team his final season. He played in the North/South game as was selected as a distinguished student athlete by Collegiate Sports of America. He was named All-American by PrepSTAR magazine his senior year. He signed a 5-year athletic scholarship with the South Carolina Gamecocks but suffered a career-ending neck injury at the end of his freshman year.
He currently teaches in the Business Department at Union County High School and serves as Children and Youth Director at New Life Baptist Church. He and his wife Amy have two children, Luke and Caroline.
Andre was a three sport letterman at Lockhart High School from 1981 through 1984 who excelled in football, baseball and track. A standout on the football field, Andre was named best back as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player in the 11th and 12th grades and was also an All Conference selection during both years.
In track, Andre was All Conference in the 11th grade and was named Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior. A four year starter in baseball, Andre was named All Conference for three consecutive years and was the team’s most valuable player as a junior.
Andre played fullback for two seasons at Lees-Macree and two seasons at Indiana University. At Indiana, he played in two bowl games and was the team’s leading blocker and most improved player his senior year.
After serving as a graduate assistant at Indiana and the University of South Carolina, Andre had coaching stints at Army, VMI and Rhode Island. A veteran of the ACC, Andre is in his second season at Maryland. He coached and mentored NFL standouts Tiki Barber, Willie Parker and CJ Spiller at Virginia, North Carolina and Clemson.
Andre and his wife Joann have three children, a son Andre II, and two daughters, Alayna and Mikayla.
Donald “Duck” Addis
A three-sport standout at Jonesville High School from 1978 through 1981, Duck received the three sport award as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was a three-year starter at quarterback and led the Wildcats to the Upperstate championship in 1979. Duck was All Conference as a Junior and Senior and All State as a senior. He was also selected to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal’s All Area team his senior year.
In basketball, Duck was All Conference in the 11th and 12th grades and also named to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal’s All Area team as a junior. He averaged 129 assists and had an unbelievable 81 percent free throw percentage his junior and senior seasons. Duck was an All Conference selection in baseball as a junior and senior and led the team in hitting his senior year.
After graduating from Winthrop, Duck returned to his Alma Mater and was baseball coach from 1994-2000. He also coached Softball and Girls Track. He led Jonesville’s baseball team to a school record setting 21 win Upperstate championship in 1999 and was named the region as well as Class A coach of the year. He also coached in the North/South game.
Duck is currently the head football coach and athletic director at Whitmire High School. An active member of Jonesville Baptist church, he and his wife Dena have three children and two grandchildren.
Kimberly Dianne Booker
A three-sport standout at Union High School from 1980 through 1984, Kim led her team to three state championships in softball and an undefeated state championship in basketball for a total of four state championships.
Playing at small forward early in her basketball career, Kim moved to point guard her final two seasons. She was named All Region for four consecutive years. Coach Anne Long called her one of the most disciplined and hardworking players she has ever coached. In volleyball, she earned both All Region and All State honors in 1982.
As a center fielder in softball, Kim’s honors came the same years as the State Championships. She was selected All Region and All State in 1981, 1983 and 1984.
After a successful prep career, Kim went to Francis Marion University and again excelled in the same sports as in high school. She was All American in basketball in 1987 and was named All American in softball for an incredible four consecutive years. In 1987, she led the nation in stolen bases and was invited to participate in the Pan Am games. She was the NAIA District Six Player of the Year in Softball in 1989.
Kim is co-chair of the Carlisle Fire Board and is an active member of Jeter’s Chapel AME Church. She is the proud mother of Sylvester Jr. and Shekima. She has a granddaughter, Skylar.
One of the premier rifle coaches in the country, Col. Davis served as coach at Union High School from 1979 until 2003.
During his time as coach of the Union Stingers, Paul’s teams won 11 National Championships. In 1993 and 1995, the stingers were National Champions in both small bore and air rifle. Eleven team members received shooting scholarships and two went on to become NCAA All Americans. His teams were twice named the NRA’s Most Outstanding Junior Club and received the NRA’s Most Improved Club 11 times.
Coach Davis is a member of the NRA/CMP/USA Shooting National Coach Development Staff and was the director of the National Junior Olympic Shooting Camp in Colorado Springs from 1987 until 1992.
He has served as Head Coach of the Advanced Rifle Camp in Salem Oregon since 2002. Paul is currently working with the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment as well as serving as Wounded Warrior Rifle Coach for the other military services.
Paul is a member of Union First Baptist Church, American Legion Post 22 and is a Vietnam Veteran. He and his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth, to whom he gives much credit for his successes, have four children. Coach Davis joins his son Ed in the Hall of Fame.
Russell H. Bates
Russell was a two sport letterman at Sims High School from 1960 until 1963 and was also named All State in band his junior and senior years.
Russell lettered four years in basketball and track and was named most valuable basketball player in 1963. He was also named most valuable player in track as a senior and held records in the high jump — 6’4” and the long jump — 23’7”. Russell was a member of the record setting 4x400 relay team which had a time of 3 minutes and 32 seconds.
After graduating from Sims, Russell attended Allen University and participated in track for four years. He was given the outstanding achievement award in track in 1967 and held records in the high jump and the long jump.
Russell has coached various high school sports including football, basketball and cross country, but has enjoyed the most success in coaching boys and girls track and field. His teams have compiled a 261-58-1 record and won an amazing 16 state championships. Russell has been named coach of the year five times and has been inducted into the Lower Camden County District 1 Hall of Fame and the South Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame.
Russell has served as a community leader for 44 years and as a Township Committee member for 29 years. He and his wife Carolyn have two daughters, Crystal and Tiffany, and a granddaughter, Jasmine.