The Greenwood Education Foundation has announced that they will be inducting three new honorees in the Hall of Honor this year at its annual Alumni Luncheon. According to the foundation the luncheon will be held Saturday, October 7th at noon in the Student Union on the Greenwood High School campus. Special recognition will be given to the Class of 1957 for 60th Reunion, Class of 1967 for their 50th Class Reunion, the Class of 1963 for their 55th Reunion and the Class of 1992 for their 25th Reunion. Graduates and members of the community are invited to attend the luncheon to honor the new members for their induction into the Hall of Honor and to become re-acquainted with fellow graduates. The west portion of the Student Union will be opened at 10:30 AM for reunion visits and to share class pictures and yearbooks. A tour of the high school campus, the Rock Gym and the Administration Building will be given at 2:30, leaving from the Student Union. Cost of the ticket for the luncheon is $20, and tickets may be purchased from the Foundation at 501 Bulldog Loop, the Administration Building or by contacting JoElla Skaggs at 996-4141. Admission to the homecoming football game on Friday night, October 6th is included in the price of the ticket. The homecoming coronation begins at 6:30 with kick-off against the Siloam Spring at 7:00.
The Foundation’s Hall of Honor has been established to recognize distinguished graduates and associates of the Greenwood School System. The three new members of the Hall of Honor are:
Jerry Cecil, 1964 GHS Graduate, former Principal and Athletic Director
Floyd Webb, 1967 GHS Graduate, Former School Board Member
Norman Wilkinson, 1973 GHS Graduate, philanthropist/patron of Greenwood Schools
and the Greenwood Community
Jerry Cecil devoted forty-eight years to his profession of educating and coaching students, counseling and advising teachers and coaches, contributing to his community through service club and church activities and extensive professional work to the State and National Education and Athletic Director Associations. After graduating from Greenwood High School in 1964, Cecil attended Arkansas Tech University, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He is a 1977 graduate from Arkansas State University with a Masters of Science in Education.
Cecil’s career began in Haiti, Missouri as a teacher and head football coach (1968-1975) with a move to Jackson, Tennessee as head football coach and athletic director (1976-1985). He was selected as Coach of the Year in Missouri in 1974 and Coach of the Year in Tennessee in 1978 and 1984. He served in the Greenwood School District from 1985 through 2016 as a teacher, coach, Greenwood High School Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Athletic Director. While at Greenwood he started the Advanced Placement (AP) Program at GHS. He served as a consultant for the College Board for five years and traveled extensively throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas speaking on implementation and the successes of the Program and teachers in the Program. As Assistant Superintendent he served as Athletic Director, Director of Student Services, Equity Coordinator, and overseer of the BASS Academy for nineteen years for the Greenwood School District. He was selected 5-A West Athletic Director of the Year in 2005.
In July of 2017, Cecil was inducted into the AHSAAA Hall of Honor. He received the AHSAAA Award of Merit in 2011, Distinguished Service Award in 2010 and 2014, and the Meritorious Service Award in 2016. He served fourteen years for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Leadership Training Program.
Besides serving within the Greenwood School District, Cecil has been a member of the Kiwanis Club and Focus on Greenwood for nineteen years, served on the Comprehensive Juvenile Services Board, the Sebastian County American Cancer Society Board as Logistics Chairman, served on Grace Community Church Staff-Parrish Committee, the South Sebastian County Youth Organization and the Western Arkansas School-To-Work Council.
Cecil has been married to his wife, Fran, for forty-three years. They have two children, Jared (math teacher and coach in Bentonville), and Karen, (a Registered Dietician in Joplin, Missouri) and six grandchildren. Even after retirement, Cecil looks forward to growth as a responsible citizen and contributor to the Greenwood community in the years to come.
Floyd David Webb graduated from Greenwood High School in 1967. Floyd was an avid advocate for the Greenwood Schools. His desire was to give the students of Greenwood School the best education possible in the best facilities that could be provided. He believed that making this provision would create a strong and stable community.
Floyd ran for school board in 1986 and after waging a successful campaign, served on the Greenwood Board until 2007 (21years). Serving in this capacity was a weighty matter for him. He listened to the concerns of his constituents and considered their opinions when making decisions. Floyd was passionate about the things he believed in and was not easily swayed from his opinion. Fellow board members Kenny Bell, James Cox, and C. W. Nichols worked closely with "FLOYDG" as C. W. called him, to bring many topics to good results.
These were years of unprecedented growth. Floyd worked with the board to develop facilities that would reflect the interests of the entire student population, giving all groups the capability to achieve at the highest levels.
1987 - Raymond E. Wells Junior High was built
1988 - Athletic fields for softball and baseball were completed
1994 - Westwood Elementary was built
1996 - H.B. Stewart Arena was built
1999 - East Hills Middle School was built
2003 - Multipurpose Athletic Facility was built
2004 - Performing Arts Complex was built
After serving in the Greenwood School maintenance department, the School Board depended on him for maintenance advice. After leaving the school, he worked for Century link for 25 years.
When Fort Chaffee was turned back over to the people, Floyd worked hard demonstrating some of the stubbornness he was famous for to ensure that Greenwood was rightfully represented in the distribution of the land in the Greenwood District.
Floyd was faithful to attend all school functions - choir, ROTC, basketball, football, and band concerts. He wanted to be aware of what was going on in every facet of the school and wanted students and parents to know he was interested in improving all school activities. If you attend a Greenwood football game, you knew Floyd was there when you heard horns blaring along with his famous "Bulldog Bark."
Floyd achieved Master Board Member through continuing education classes.
He served as Elder at Washburn Church of Christ for many years. He served our country in the Army National Guard in Booneville, Arkansas for 6 years and then moved to the Air National Guard in Fort Smith, AR, serving there 15 years. He served as a volunteer in the Milltown/Washburn Fire Department for 15 years (1993-2007).
In 1967 he was voted " Best all Around" which really conveys the character of life that he lived.
He had the highest level of social consciousness - he saw needs of those around him and felt compelled to meet those needs. Floyd never met a stranger and spent his life in service to his school and community. He was no respecter of persons, whether a friend or stranger Floyd was always around to help. When the local gathering place for the Washburn Coffee Club closed, Floyd's Garage opened at 7:00 am - 6 days a week & potluck breakfast on Wednesday Morning. Floyd sought to keep the community connected - whoever showed up first put on the coffee.
Floyd drove Highway 10 every week day on his way to work. He began to notice a little old man on the side of the highway weed eating the ditch. As time went by and the man became frail, Floyd would weed eat early in the morning before he went to work. Ed and Natalee Thomas didn't know who was doing this gracious favor for them. But the friendship that developed from that one act of kindness led to Ed and Natalee becoming true family as Floyd and Vickie cared for them until their death. Wherever he went Floyd was always looking for people needing help. A neighbor had need of a certain type vehicle to take an ill relative to Wisconsin to which Floyd said " I got what you need take it" . Once a friend of Floyd’s needed to borrow his truck to travel 200 hundred miles to get his RV back home. He called him at 8:30 on a work night and Floyd said "when are we leaving?" Traveling through the community you can hear story after story which gives truth to the phrase - "Floyd R. Turbo American , as his buddies at the phone office called him, was one of a kind and, truly Best all Around."
Norman Wilkinson is the eldest son of the late Means Wilkinson and Elizabeth “Betty” Wilkinson and is the grandson of Farmers Bank founder William Norman “W. N. Wilkinson, all of which are past inductees into the Greenwood Education Foundation Hall of Honor. In the late 1950’s, his parents converted the old Greenwood School and Norman College, affectionately referred to as “The Rox,” into their family home, so Wilkinson can claim that he was literally raised in a Greenwood School. He was the Salutatorian of the graduating class of Greenwood High School in 1973. He, along with Teresa Lowe, was voted the two Most Intellectual in Who’s Who of the senior class. Famed Greenwood Football coach, the late H. B. Stewart, often commented on Wilkinson’s intellectual and athletic abilities saying “Norman was the only quarterback I ever let call his own plays. Wilkinson continued his education at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) College of Business Administration where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting. He also earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
The Wilkinson Law Firm was originally organized in Greenwood in 1931. Holding both a Certified Public Accounting certificate and a law license, Wilkinson reestablished the Wilkinson Law Firm in 1980 with his late father where he practiced for 16 years before being elected Circuit Judge for the 12th Judicial District. He served on the bench for ten years and is now the General Counsel and Trust Officer at Farmers Bank and a member of the bank’s Board Corporation, the holding company of Farmers Bank. As Trust Officer at Farmers Bank he directed the largest single individual donation to date made to the Greenwood Education Foundation.
As an active member of several professional organizations, Wilkinson is licensed to practice in all State and Federal courts in Arkansas, as well as being admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor of the United States Supreme Court.
Wilkinson is active in the community having served as past Gold Coat President of the Downtown Sertoma Club of Fort Smith, awarded Sertoman of the Year of the Downtown Club and also Sertoman of the Year of the Arkansas District. Wilkinson is past president of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, former board member of the Fort Smith Art Center, past master of the Sebastian Lodge Free and Accepted Mason, a member of the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association and a life member of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association. He enjoys being a mentor to undergraduate students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. He is an avid runner having completed 12 marathons, including four Boston Marathons. His personal interests include running, reading, traveling, movies, following the stock market and spending time with his grandchildren.