Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Whitley honored by Wilson Hot Stove League

Dudley Whitley, the former Rocky Mount High School coach and athletic director who passed away on Jan. 3 of last year, was recently honored by the Wilson Hot Stove League at its annual banquet.

Whitley was also a baseball standout for Rocky Mount, N.C. State, the Rocky Mount Leafs and the Wilson Tobs. He played seven seasons in the minor leagues.

The banquet program was dedicated in memory of Whitley, along with Wilsonians Don Thompson, Bennett Flowers and Tom Lofton.

Gilbert Ferrell, who served as a coach at Wilson Fike and later as Wilson County's high school athletic director, spoke about all four at the banquet, including Whitley.

"He was a first-class guy," Ferrell said. "The one thing he taught me most was that there's a difference between rivals and enemies. You can have rivals without having enemies."

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