The Sampson County Sports Club held the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Sampson County Sports Club Hall of Fame Saturday morning at the Sampson County History Museum. The building is dedicated to Henry L. (Fes) Turlington and Nathan H. Gay who were instrumental in establishing the Sports Club which recognizes outstanding sports figures from Sampson County.
Tommy Macon welcomed the assembled crowd including both the Turlington family and the Gay family.
Tim Pope recognized the special guests and presided. Others speaking were David King of the History Museum; Michael Chestnutt, president of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce; Lee Turlington, Fes Turlington’s son, who spoke on behalf of the Turlington Family; and Faye Gay on behalf of her family.
Both Turlington and Gay were praised for their vision and their tenacious efforts to bring about both the Sampson County Sports Club and the Hall of Fame, ways, they believed, of recognizing local athletes for their contributions to various sports on both the local, state and even national level.
The History Museum is an outstanding collection of relics from times past in Sampson County. It consists of 11 buildings on nearly two acres of land on Lisbon Street.
All those who’ve ever toured the facility say it is worth everyone’s time to go by and look around.