The statue was dedicated last week in honor of former Jones County School Superintendent R. Linton Jordan and retired Jones County High School principal John A. Trimnell.
The bronze statue, mounted on a brick pedestal, was actually erected prior to this past football season in the refurbished main entrance to the field and stadium. But a delay in obtaining the bronze plaque naming the statue and the men honored and those who contributed to its purchase forced a postponement of the dedication ceremony until last Thursday before the annual post-season football banquet.
At the unveiling, Dr. Candler Boyd, Jones County’s director of athletics and an assistant principal at the high school, praised the two men for their years of service to the children of the community. He also talked about their strong support for the school’s athletic programs and their instrumental roles in developing the current football field and stadium.
He also noted that many of those who contributed to the monument were former Jones County students or co-workers with the two who wanted to recognize the influence Jordan and Trimnell have had on their lives.
Jordan and Trimnell thanked everyone for the honor and said it had been a privilege to work with the students, athletes and educators who have been a part of the Jones County family.
“When I first got here, people watched the football games from their cars – they parked around the football field,” Jordan remembered. “Now, over the years, we have been able to add this fine stadium and keep upgrading the facilities. This is a wonderful honor, and I thank you all.”
Trimnell echoed those comments and issued a challenge.
“We had a great time working with all the students and the coaches and teachers, but we’ve had our time,” he said. “Now it is time for the next generation to take the ball and run with it and keep working to help these young people and make these programs and our community even better.”
Those who contributed to the statue were Jim and Betsy Abbott, Eric and Suzanne Arena, Billy and Wanda Bagwell, Bill and Pat Boyd, Candler and Brenda Boyd, Ken and Vicki Cobb, Rob, Alex and Drake Daughtry, Eddie and Oretha Dudley, Willie Fluellen, Wayne and Cynthia Garrett, Duane and Tracy Gattie, Chuck and Carla Gibson, Jarrell and Beth Greene, Billy and Fay Mathews, Jason and Candace Page, Cecil and Janelle Patterson, Donald and Carolyn Patterson, Lance and Kimberly Pittman, Alfred and Vivian Pitts, Charlie and Lavon Smith, Kevin and Jan Stirling, Jason and Mindy West, the Piedmont Orthopaedic Clinic and the Jones County High School Touchdown Club.