Honoring a football teammate

Two members of the Enterprise High School Class of 1957 visited the Vivian B. Adams School in Ozark recently to make a donation to the school in memory of their Wildcat Football teammate the late Dr. George Robert “Bob” Crosby. From left, are VBAS Director Hannah Parker, Gene Reynolds, Hulene Lunsford Stevens Crosby and William White. 

The Enterprise Class of 1957 made a donation to the Vivian B. Adams School in honor of a former football teammate who recently passed away.

Two members of the class brought the donation to VBAS Director Hannah Parker during the Christmas season made in memory of Dr. George Robert “Bob” Crosby who died Sept. 30, 2020 at the age of 81.

Making the presentation on behalf of the class were Gene Reynolds and William White, teammates with Crosby on the championship Wildcat team led by Coach Herbert Hawkins.

“In the annals of football history at EHS, the 1956-57 record will be long remembered,” according to the school year book, The Encola. “For the first time in 11 years, our team had an undefeated season. In addition to winning the title SAC Champions, our team proved their sense of fair play by also winning the Buggy Salter Sportsmanship Award.”

Crosby had played guard on the undefeated team, along with Jerry Martin, Gene Rodgers, Charles Carmichael, Lester Franklin and Jimmy Martin.

White played defensive end, along with Neil Henderson, Emmett Duncan, Teddy Seay, Ronnie Walker and Byron Nichols. “We were never beat,” White added.

Reynolds, a guard, lettered in his ninth, tenth and junior year, he said. He didn’t play his last year of high school but instead got a job at an Enterprise newspaper as a sports writer. “They already had guards,” he said with a smile. “So I took the opportunity when it presented itself to earn a little money my senior year.”

A longtime civic leader, the son of the late Herbert Edward Crosby and Margaret E. Brabham Crosby of Enterprise began his optometry practice in Ozark in 1965 after graduating from EHS, Harding University and Southern College of Optometry. He served as President of the Alabama Optometry Association, served as President of the Southern Council of Optometry, served three terms on the Alabama Board of Optometry and served as Adjunct Professor with the University of Alabama School of Optometry.

Crosby was active in the Boy Scouts where he achieved the Eagle Scout Award and the Silver Beaver Award. He was a board member of the Alabama Florida Boy Scouts of America Council and had been named Ozark Man of the Year.

Crosby had served as Dale County Chamber of Commerce President, was instrumental in the organization of the Flowers Center for Preforming Arts in Ozark, served as President of the Ozark Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, served on the Alabama Medicaid Review Committee,

Crosby had served as a longtime board member of the VBAS on Stuart Tarter Road in Ozark which opened in 1971 serving people —ranging in age from 3 years old to 82 years old—from Coffee, Dale, Henry, Houston, Pike and Barbour Counties who have cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Crosby’s widow, Hulene Lunsford Stevens Crosby, a New Brockton native, was at the memorial donation presentation at VBAS. She thanked the men on behalf of her husband. “Bob loved Vivian B. Adams School with all his heart,” she said. “I cannot imagine a gift he would have been more humbled by.”

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