The 2019 Hall of Fame gala for McComb and Burglund high schools will be held Saturday evening at the Southwest Mississippi Community college Regional Workforce Training Center.

The event begins with a meet-and-greet at 5, followed by dinner at 6 and the induction ceremony at 7. Tickets are $50 or $250 for a table of eight.

This year’s inductees include McComb Mayor Quordiniah Lockley, Summit Mayor Percy Robinson, former coach Ted Milton and fiber artist “Sunshine” Joe Mallard.

A memorial will be held for Bernell Eubanks, a class of 1965 graduate who was one of the first students to integrate the high school who died earlier this year.

Michael Anthony Martin I will receive the Lifetime Achievement honor.

Here’s a look at the honorees:

Quordiniah Lockley

Lockley is the youngest son of the late Henry and Ola Lockley and a graduate of the Class of 1972.

At McComb High School, he was a member of the marching and concert bands and played the French horn. He ran the 800-meter races for the track team, sang tenor in choir was a cast member in the play “Harvey,” a member of the student council and graduated with honors.

Lockley continued his education at Alcorn State University, majoring in political science and minoring in social science. He was a member of Alcorn’s marching band, gospel choir, Political Science Club, Social Science Club, Beta Kappa Chi and pledged Kappa Alpha Psi before graduating in 1976 with honors.

In 1981, Lockley became a graduate assistant at Jackson State University, where he studied public policy and administration and received his master’s in 1983.

He also has studied at Indiana University, University of South Florida, the University of Southern Mississippi and New Zion Institute

Lockley is a lifelong member of Walker’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, where he has served as an associate minister, youth deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member.  In 1976, he accepted his calling into the ministry and preached his first sermon on Aug. 15, 1976, at Walker’s Chapel.  In March 1998, he was elected pastor of Smith Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Jackson.  

Lockley has served the Free Will Baptist denomination faithfully.  He has served as the Pike County District President for 21 years and served the Mississippi Free Will Baptist Inc. as first vice-bishop for 15 years and second vice bishop for six.

He has worked in human resources with the Kellwood Co. and Pioneer Recovery System of Columbia. He has more than 10 years of experience as a paralegal and has worked with Southwest Mississippi Legal Services, attorney LaVelt Steptoe and attorney Andrew Gambrell.

He started his teaching career in the Pinellas County School System in Florida, where he also served as head track coach, assistant basketball coach and chairman of the school’s multi-cultural organization. His academic career continued at Tougaloo College, where he served as a mentor and the faculty representative on the Board of Trustees, and then McComb High School, Denman Junior High School and South Pike High School.

Lockley has served as an advocate with the McComb Branch of the NAACP, of which he is a lifetime member and organizer of the MLK Day parade and prayer breakfast and chaired various committees.

He also has been a member of the Alcorn State University Alumni Association, Jackson State University Alumni Association, King David Grand Lodge F &AM, McComb Housing Authority board, the Salvation Army board and United Givers of Southwest Mississippi board.  

Lockley served as a McComb selectmen from 1983 to 1990. In 2002, he was hired as Deputy Director for Public Works. In July 2009, he was asked to serve as city administrator. On June 19, 2018, he was elected mayor.  

Percy Robinson

Robinson graduated from Burglund High School in 1965 and joined the U.S. Army in 1967.

He went to basic training at Fort Campbell, Ky., and then to Fort Sam Houston for medical training at the 97th General U.S. ARmy Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. While in Germany, he was one of 93 soldiers who competed for the medical support badge and was one of just 13 soldiers to receive it.

In 1996, he became the first African-American to be promoted to command sergeant major in the Mississippi National Guard. He graduated from sergeant major academy in 1999.

Robinson was elected to the Summit Town Council in 1989 and re-elected as a councilman four times, including when he was serving in Iraq in 2005.

In 2006, Robinson was elected mayor of Summit in a special election.

He is a graduate of the Mississippi Municipal League's basic, advanced and professional courses. He also is a member of the Mississippi Municipal League's Hall of Fame.

 Ted Milton  

Milton is the son of Lloyd and Gertrude Milton and a 1968 graduate of MHS.

He was a three-year letterman in baseball and a two-year letterman in football, was named MVP in both baseball and football and was selected to play in the 1968 Bernard Blackwell Football All-Star Game.  

Milton continued his baseball career at Mississippi State University, where he was a four-year letterman from 1968-72, selected All-Western Division (1969), All-SEC (1971), All-SEC Academic Team (1971, 1972) and Second-Team Academic All-American (1972).  

In both 1970 and 1971, MSU won the SEC Tournament and became the first MSU baseball team to participate in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Milton won the C.R. “Dudy” Noble Award for being the most courageous athlete.

Milton was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972 and the California Angels in 1973.

He began his coaching career at Kosciusko High School as the head baseball and assistant football coach. As head baseball coach, Milton led Kosciusko High School to the state baseball championship twice, winning the championship in 1974.  

His teams also earned two North Half championships, three Choctaw Conference championships and four district championships. Milton was named District Coach of the Year four times. As part of the football coaching staff, his teams won three Choctaw Conference championships.  

In 1976, Milton returned to McComb to accept a coaching position at McComb High School. As head baseball coach his teams won one state championship, one south state championship and 10 district championships. He was selected to coach in the North/South All-Star Baseball Game and State Games of Mississippi.

As assistant football coach, his teams advanced to one state championship and earned two MHSAA 4A state championships. He was also selected to coach in the North/South All-Star Football Game.  

After his coaching career, he became the athletic director for McComb School District and was recognized as Athletic Director of the Year in 2006. Milton retired from the school district in 2006, but he continued to be involved in athletics on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for several more years. In June 2019, Milton was inducted into the Crossroads Diamond Club Hall of Fame.

“Sunshine” Joe Mallard

For more than 50 years, Mallard has chronicled world, national, and local events through his vibrant and intricately detailed thread collages.

Born in 1943 and raised in Summit, Mallard learned needlecraft at the feet of his great-great-grandmother Mandy Green, a woman born into slavery. In the late 1960s and 1970s, Mallard covered his clothing with artistic stitches to demonstrate his creativity and independence. He was further inspired and encouraged when he saw former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Rosie Greer doing needlepoint on the Mike Douglas Show.  

During one of his presentations to a class, a young girl called him Sunshine Joe.  

He sent President Jimmy Carter a denim shirt meticulously stitched with references to Mr. Carter’s political life. Other famous personalities who have received his work include ballet virtuoso Mikhail Baryshnikov, comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, former Louisville Mayor and County Judge Harvey Sloane and others.  

Although Mallard continued to transform clothing into art throughout the 1980s, he began working in a larger format the day his youngest son was born. A large framed piece incorporating references to national and local events during the first 21 years of his son’s life hangs in his home.

In 2012, Mallard received the ArtsReach Living the Vision Award at the ceremony for Keepers of the Dream: A Community Arts Celebration of Dr. King’s Vision.

Following his retirement from corporate America in 2013, Mallard traveled across the country meeting with groups of quilt makers. It was during one of those meetings that he met Linda Luggen, award-winning quilter, designer, teacher, lecturer and NQA certified quilt judge. Luggen was so impressed with Mr. Mallard’s work that she asked to interview him. The resulting artist profile was published in Quilters Newsletter Magazine in the April/May 2014 issue.

He was also introduced to Dr. Pearlie Johnson, a professor at the University of Louisville’s Department of Pan African Studies, and she conducted an interview with Mallard.  

Mallard’s Tie Quilt project incorporates neckties stitched to a 52” x 66” canvas background and is finished in the style of a traditional quilt. He received a grant from the American Quilt Study Group to catalog each of the 600-plus references stitched into the Tie Quilt.

Michael Anthony Martin

Martin, the son of the late Ernestine Martin and Robert Martin Sr., was born in Chicago in 1969, moved to McComb in 1981 and enrolled at Higgins Middle School.

At McComb High, he was active in several clubs and organizations such as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a percussionist in the band.

Through DECA club, Michael obtained his first full time job in 1986 at Golden Corral and graduated McComb High School in 1987.  In 1991 he attended Southwest Mississippi Community College and received an associate degree in technical marketing and management.

He enrolled at Jackson State University in 1997 and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business management in 2001.

It was during this time and throughout the 1990s, that he began volunteering as the band’s percussion director.

He also served as an assistant physical education teacher at Otken Elementary and as a case manager who helped high school students match career goals with local businesses that gave part-time employment. He taught technology discovery at the McComb Vocational Technical Complex from 2001-03.

In 2003 Michael was ordained as a Deacon at Summit Missionary Baptist Church and started a new career at Nissan North America, where he has been employed for 16 years as lead technician and quality control for paint.

Martin has two children, Michael Anthony Martin ll and Kiara (Derrick) Magee, both of McComb, and two grandchildren, Kamille and Amari Magee.

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