Ron Wesson has been involved with Terrell ISD for almost his entire life. Now his name will remain linked with the district forever.
Wesson will be among four inductees into the TISD Tiger Hall of Fame on Friday whose athletic accomplishments at either Terrell or Burnett high schools might be well in the past, but haven't been forgotten.
Wesson, who graduated from Terrell High School in 1966, will be inducted along with Benny Britton, Elray Adkins and James Henderson. The quartet will be honored at a luncheon on Friday at the TISD Athletic Complex, then will be recognized at a school pep rally that afternoon, followed by a reception under the home stands prior to Terrell's home game against West Mesquite. They will be formally inducted at halftime.
Wesson said he still has fond memories from his time as a three-sport standout in football, basketball and track at Terrell. He was a three-year starter on both offense and defense whose best position was defensive tackle.
"It's a tremendous honor," Wesson said. "There are some great memories, but we didn't have a lot of success. We had some good athletes, but we didn't have enough of them. I made some lifelong friends. I'll always be a Tiger."
After earning a degree from the University of North Texas, Wesson was an insurance agent for 18 years, and has taught marketing at Terrell High School for the past 15 years.
He was the president of the school's booster club for six years during the 1980s and remains part of various civic and education organizations. He and his wife, Becky, have three children.
Henderson was a two-sport athlete at Burnett who graduated in 1956. And although his time as a second baseman was memorable, football was his primary athletic pursuit.
He was a standout lineman, starring at tackle and guard on both offense and defense during a three-year varsity career. Henderson was a team captain in 1955 and 1956 and led both teams to the playoffs in the Prairie View Interscholastic League.
Raised as part of a large family, Henderson also paved the way for four younger brothers who played football at Burnett.
"I was the original. My four brothers came along behind me," Henderson said. "I like to think I was always a little ahead of them."
Henderson later played two years of college football at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, where he was an all-conference selection.
After college, he married his high school sweetheart, Emma Jean, and worked for more than 32 years as a skilled pipe fitter at Ford Motor Company. He has been married for 54 years and has five children. He has lived in the Kansas City area for many years.
Adkins was a teammate of Henderson's on the 1954 and 1955 football teams at Burnett, also starring on the offensive and defensive lines. He also was a pitcher and left fielder on the baseball team, and a middle-distance runner on the track team.
The Elmo native was the 1955 valedictorian at Burnett before joining the U.S. Navy, where he spent 25 years before retiring in 1980. He then worked for almost 20 years in a civil-service job at the Naval Electronic Engineering Center in San Diego, Calif.
Adkins also continued his education after retiring from the Navy. He earned a bachelor's degree from Bethel (Calif.) in 1999 and a master's degree two years later from the University of Phoenix in San Diego.
Adkins lives in the San Diego area with his wife, Maurine, who also graduated from Burnett and spent more than three decades as a middle school teacher and counselor. The couple has a son and three daughters.
Britton graduated from Terrell High School in 1957 after a three-sport career in tennis, basketball and baseball. The diminutive Britton was best in baseball, where he batted .550 as a senior and led the team in almost every offensive and defensive category.
That year, the Tigers won a district title, something Terrell has not done since. Britton also was part of playoff teams in 1954 and 1955.
After high school, Britton played semipro baseball and was a youth umpire for many years. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a master's degree from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Britton remained in Terrell, where he has worked as an administrator in the state's mental health industry for 46 years. He also has been involved in numerous civic organizations and philanthropic efforts in Terrell.
He has been married for 49 years to Linda, who graduated from Terrell in 1960. The couple has three children and has had two foster children.