Three to be added to Jones Sports Hall of Fame

Three to be added to Jones Sports Hall of Fame

ELLISVILLE – Three new members have been selected for enshrinement into the Jones College Sports Hall of Fame.

Football All-American Dr. H. Greggory Jefcoat, All-State football player McArthur Hamburg and longtime athletic trainer Joey Davis will comprise the class of 2018.

There will be an induction banquet at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the A.B. Howard Gymnasium. The group will then be recognized at halftime of that evening's football game between the Bobcats and Coahoma.

There are now 48 members in the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. H. Greggory Jefcoat

Jefcoat played at West Jones High School before coming to JCJC.

He played offensive guard for the Bobcats in 1976-77 under head coach Sim Cooley. He helped Jones to an 8-2 record in 1976 and a 10-2 mark in 1977. The 1977 Bobcats were the first Jones team to win 10 games and competed in the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

He was a team captain, first-team All-American and a first-team All-State performer.

Jefcoat signed with Ole Miss and was a first-team All-SEC lineman for the Rebels in 1979.

He was named the WCBH Radio Player of the Week for his performances vs. Southern Miss and Tulane in 1979.

Jefcoat was the Clower-Walters Award recipient as the Outstanding Senior Football Player at Ole Miss following the 1979 season. He signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills in 1980.

Jefcoat served as a graduate assistant at Ole Miss and was an assistant coach at South Jones High School for two years before taking a position at East Central Community College. He then went to Itawamba Community College where he served as Director of Admissions for many years. He was at ECCC and ICC from 1983-2011.

He received his doctorate from Ole Miss in 1991 and served as President of the Mississippi Association of College Registrars and Admissions Office (MACRAO) in 2002-03.

Jefcoat and his wife, Cathi, have two sons, Beau and Bret, and two grandsons, Spencer Jefcoat and Jeremiah Thomas Jefcoat.

McArthur Hamburg

Hamburg played football at Enterprise High School.

He received the Billy Haywood Award at Enterprise, which is the highest honor given to the athlete who exemplified both athleticism and outstanding character.

He committed to Memphis State University, but decided to attend Jones.

He played for head coach Sim Cooley's Bobcats in 1963-64.

The Bobcats were 7-3 in 1963 and went 9-1 in 1964 and won the first state championship under Coach Cooley. Hamburg was an All-State lineman in 1964.

He was a member of the J-Club and Art Club at Jones and received a football scholarship to Louisiana College.

After playing football, Hamburg enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, trained at Camp LeJeune (North Carolina) and was sent to Vietnam. 

On March 18, 1968, Lance Corporal Hamburg was involved in a fierce, 12-hour battle in the Quang Tri Province of South Vietnam. He was among 17 who lost their lives in service that day.

Hamburg was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Infantry Combat Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Square Medal and the Purple Heart for his courageous actions that day.

Joey Davis

Davis was a trainer at R.H. Watkins High School from 1976-78 and graduated from LHS in 1979.

He came to Jones and was a trainer from 1979-81. He was a part of the 1979 state championship football team.

He received the Reed Green Scholarship at Southern Miss from 1983-85 and was the Head Athletic Student Trainer. He received his bachelor's degree and his master's in history from Southern Miss.

He began teaching Western Civilization, Athletic Training and Weightlifting at Jones in 1985 and was head trainer for all sports.

He retired as athletic trainer after the 2008 season, but continues to teach several Western Civilization classes. He began the HPR 2443 "Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries" class at JCJC.

Davis was elected to the Mississippi Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 2010, was named the Social Science Scholar of the Year in 2014, was a Faculty of the Year nominee in 2001 and Lamplighter in 2013.

He was named the Mississippi Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1998 and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Mississippi Athletic Trainers Association. He served as student trainer at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, in 1984-85.

He was a part of the 1998 and 2001 state championship football teams and the 2002 state championship baseball team. 

Davis has been involved in numerous activities on campus and in the Jones County community for over 30 years.

Davis has three children: Brad Davis, Haley Easterling (Koby) and Allie Davis.

 

Shawn Wansley

Sports Information Director

Jones County Junior College