Category:People from Gibsonville, North Carolina
The following are people born in or otherwise closely associated with the city of Gibsonville, North Carolina.
The following are people born in or otherwise closely associated with the city of Gibsonville, North Carolina.
1. Torry Holt – Torry Jabar Holt is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and retired with the 10th most receiving yards and he played college football at North Carolina State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, Holt grew up in Gibsonville, North Carolina. He was Prep Football Report All-America selection, adding all-state honors at Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville, while there, he caught 129 passes during his career, gaining 2,573 yards and scoring 42 touchdowns including 56 receptions for 983 yards and 17 touchdowns as senior. He also returned three punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns during his career, additionally, Holt was a standout defensive back who posted 62 tackles and four interceptions as senior. He was named one of the Top 25 players in the state by the Charlotte Observer, after high school, Holt attended Hargrave Military Academy in 1994. There he caught 21 passes for 524 yards and six touchdowns, torry also appeared with then-teammate Marshall Faulk in Nellys Air Force Ones music video. Holt attended North Carolina State University, and played wide receiver for the NC State Wolfpack football team from 1995 to 1998, in his senior year, Holt was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. That season he set ACC records of 88 receptions for 1,604 yards, Holt was a consensus first-team All-American as senior. He was also a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the top receiver. He started in five of the first seven games as sophomore, holts number,81, was retired in 1999. On July 23,1999, Holt signed a five-year, $10 million contract, including a $5.4 million signing bonus, in his rookie season, he posted 52 receptions,788 total yards and six touchdowns on the way to the Super Bowl XXXIV championship. From 1999 to 2001, the Rams scored over 500 points each season, beginning in 2000, Holt reached at least 1,300 yards every season through 2005, a league record of six consecutive seasons. Holts streak was broken in 2006, due to injuries to himself, Holt came into the NFL as #88, but in 2002 changed his number to 81. Holts career also includes 7 Pro Bowls including five straight,74 career touchdowns for 448 points and 920 career receptions. He ranks among the top 10 active leaders in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and receptions, Holt has also led the league in receiving yardage on two separate occasions, and receptions once. Holt is tenth all time in receiving yards, and eleventh all time in pass receptions, prior to the 2003 seasons Holt agreed to a 7-year $42 million contract extension that included a $12.5 million signing bonus. Holt led the NFL in receptions in 2003 and led the NFL in receiving yardage in 2000 and 2003 and he was a First-team All-Pro in 2003 and a Second-team selection in 2006
2. Gibsonville, North Carolina – Gibsonville is a city in both Alamance County and Guilford County, U. S. state of North Carolina. According to 2010 Census, population of Gibsonville was 6,410, before 1851, no official town of Gibsonville existed, only a few buildings supporting local farmers and some gold seekers. Shortly afterwards Gibsonville began to emerge as commerce center, the first train arrived on October 9,1855, and the depot was named Gibson Station in his honor. On February 18,1871, the legislature issued a charter officially establishing the Town of Gibsonville. Gold mining played a role here when deposits were discovered on Gibson Hill south of town in the early 1800s. In 1888, the Chifar Consolidated Gold Mine Company began crushing ore at a mine a mile south of the depot in Gibsonville. The town cemetery is located in area, but no graves have yielded gold. Billy Gilmer owned one of the first stores in town built before 1860 and his wooden general store was at the corner of Main Street and Piedmont Street where Reno’s Pizza is now. Several wooden saloons were located downtown during the frenzied gold mining days, making Gibsonville a rough. The Depot Greens served as an area for livestock and agricultural goods being shipped out on the railroad. In 1886, a local self-taught entrepreneurial mill builder, Berry Davidson, subsequently, he built the Hiawatha textile mill on Eugene Street in 1893. Together, these mills transformed Gibsonville from a shipping station into a vibrant small town with an industrial base. In 1894, Dr. Jordan built the first two story brick building downtown on the corner of Main Street and Lewis Street, where Wade’s Jewelry is situated now, the remainder of the brick buildings facing the Greens were built between 1905 and 1920. The early 1920s were a time for Gibsonville when Main Street was paved, water and sewer lines installed. The wooden buildings were replaced with brick structures standing today, prior to 1912, the Gibsonville Development Company was founded by leading citizens A. B. Owens, J. W. Burke, and D. M. Davidson and these civic leaders were responsible for creating the town’s telephone exchange, Bank, lumber yard, the Gibsonville Hosiery Mill on Apple Street, multiple, plus several houses. They also expanded the Rock Creek Dairy into the largest dairy in the state, the town’s population grew slowly from 111 residents in 1890 to more than 6,410 in 2010. Most of the growth occurred after 1970 when the town’s population was 2,024 residents
3. Luther Lindsay – One of the first African American wrestlers to become a major star, he was extremely popular in the Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic territory. For much of the early 1950s and 60s, Lindsay was billed as the U. S, colored Heavyweight Champion and took part in the first interracial professional wrestling matches held in the United States. Between 1953 and 1956, he faced NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz in a series of matches and he was considered one of the top submission wrestlers of his day working with Don Leo Jonathan and Stu Hart. Lindsay was one of the few men who bested him in the infamous Hart Dungeon, Hart reportedly carried a picture of him in his wallet until his death. He was held in regard by his fellow wrestlers such as Lou Thesz. Dillon, Rip Hawk and Les Thatcher, Luther Goodall was born on a farm outside Norfolk, Virginia on December 30,1924. He moved to Sedalia but later resided in Gibsonville, North Carolina and later played football for Norfolk State. Although excelling in athletics as an All-American Negro tackle-guard, state laws prohibited him from playing against white athletes. He played two years of football in Hamilton and Victoria for the Canadian Football League. Lindsey began wrestling professionally making his debut in 1950 or 1951, taking the surname of his wife, Gertrude Lindsey, his earliest recorded match was against Al Tucker in Chicago, Illinois for promoter Leonard Schwartz on November 21,1951. As early as 1953, Lindsay was billed as the U. S, one of his most frequent opponents was Shag Thomas who he later claimed knew better than any other opponent. During the late 1950s, he became the first African-American south of Washington, D. C. to compete in an event when he faced Ron Wright in Kingsport. Although the National Guard was brought in amid fears of rioting and he was involved in a battle royal which included Kiser, Lubich, Cadier, Bud Rattal and Paul DeGalles in Yakima on May 12. On July 24, he faced Lou Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in Tacoma and this was the first of several meetings between the two champions and the first time the title was defended against an African-American opponent. A rematch one week later in Tacoma also resulted in a draw, on October 10, Lindsay defeated Bronko Nagurski in a best 2-of-3 match during the main event at the Tacoma Armory. Nagurski had pinned him after a series of flying tackles and a body press. Lindsay was eventually awarded the match when referee Freddie Steele disqualified Nagurski after refusing to break a hold, according to promoter Paavo Ketonen, the winner was to receive a title shot against Lou Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He was one of several wrestlers who challenged the Seattle Ramblers to a game known as the Muscle Bowl at Lincoln Bowl on October 11
4. Emma Tillman – Tillman was one of 23 children born to former slaves in Gibsonville, North Carolina. Her maiden name, Faust, had adopted from the plantation owner who owned her fathers family before the Civil War. Four of her siblings lived past age 100, including a brother who lived to be 108, throughout her lifetime, Tillman was involved in various NAACP social programs and the National Council of Negro Women. The day before her 110th birthday, North Carolinian Governor John G. Rowland proclaimed that her birthday, November 22, Tillman was a parishioner at the Metropolitan A. M. E. Zion Church for more than 80 years, where she became known as the mother of the church. She lived independently until the age of 110 and she died in an East Hartford nursing home on 28 January 2007, at the age of aged 114 years,67 days. She holds the record for the shortest period spent as the worlds oldest person, after her death, Yone Minagawa of Japan became the worlds oldest person. The lecture discussed issues related to philosophy, particularly the value of individual human lives compared to the value of natural environments. Ageing Maximum life span Senescence 100 oldest American people ever Oldest people list Salvation Army website Emma Tillman at Find a Grave
5. Kay Yow – Sandra Kay Yow was an American basketball coach. She was the coach of the NC State Wolfpack womens basketball team from 1975 to 2009. A member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, she had more than 700 career wins and she also coached the U. S. womens basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988 despite having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. In April 2010, CollegeInsider. com created a new award called the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award in her honor and it will be presented annually to the womens college basketball head coach who displays great personal character on and off the court. Yow received her Bachelor of Science degree in English from East Carolina University in 1964, after graduation she worked as English teacher, librarian and girls basketball coach at Allen Jay High School in High Point, North Carolina. She then earned her Masters degree in Physical Education from UNC-Greensboro in 1970 and then took the position of womens athletics coordinator, in 1975, Yow became NC States first full-time womens basketball coach and also coached womens volleyball and softball. She led the basketball team to an ACC championship in the first season of league play in 1978. On January 11,2001, she reached the 600-win milestone for her career with a 71–64 win over Temple University, on February 5,2007, she reached the 700-win milestone for her career with a 68–51 win over Florida State University. At the time of her death, she ranked as the fifth winningest active NCAA Division I womens basketball coach, on February 16,2007 the basketball court at Reynolds Coliseum was renamed Kay Yow Court in her honor. On July 11,2007, Yow received the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY Award for Perseverance, Yow was the assistant coach of the team representing the USA at the World University Games held in Mexico City, Mexico in August 1979. The opening game was against Costa Rica, and the USA almost out scored them by triple digits, the next three games were closer, but all margins were in double-digits. The fifth game was against the USSR who had won the event in 1973 and 1977. The Soviet team led at halftime, but the USA team out scored the USSR by three points in the half to win 83–81, the first win by the USA over the USSR in a major competition in two decades. The next game was a rematch against Canada, the team they had beaten by 14 points a few days earlier and this time the Canadian team would take a nine-point lead at halftime, but the USA team came back and won 68–60. The final game of the competition was against Cuba, which the USA won 73–60 to claim their first gold medal in a World University Games event. Yow was the coach of the team representing the USA at the World University Games held in Bucharest. The team started with a game against Finland and won easily and they trailed at halftime in their next game against China, but came back to win a close game 76–74. After beating Poland, they played Czechoslovakia in a game that was close at the half, in the following game against Canada, the USA team was again behind at the half, but played a close match in the second half and pulled ahead to win 79–76