Bulletin Staff Report
Five former Brownwood High School athletes will be inducted in the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church. The location has been moved from the previously announced Depot site.
Tickets for the ceremony are on sale for $25 each. The event will wrap up a day full of activities that includes the first Gordon Wood Classic Golf Tournament at the Brownwood Country Club.
This year’s class of inductees features Steven T. Cutbirth, James D. (Jim) Piper, Shae Southall, Kevin Taylor and James Roy (Squirt) Thompson. One inductee will be profiled daily through Friday in the Brownwood Bulletin.
Information on the events is available by calling (325) 998-4989, or the Brownwood Country Club at 646-1086.
Proceeds will help complete and open the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum on the second floor of the Harvey House.
Taylor, who lives in Glen Rose, graduated from Brownwood High in 1979 and was a tri-captain for the 1978 state champion Lions. He was all-state at tight end in 1978 and an all-district defensive back in 1977 — a two-way starter at both positions each year.
He was also the 1979 state champion in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and a state finalist in the 110-meter high hurdles the same year, and still holds the school records for the 300 and 110 hurdles.
Taylor went on to become a three-year starter at tight end for Howard Payne from 1979 to 1981, and won all-Lone Star Conference honors in 1981.
He is now general manager of the Somervell County Water District, currently supervising construction of the Wheeler Branch Reservoir in Somervell County.
Taylor is a member of the Glen Rose ISD school board, member and past president of the Glen Rose Optimist Club, member of the Glen Rose Lions Club, served eight years as commissioner of the Glen Rose Youth Baseball Association and is an active member and past head trustee of Glen Rose United Methodist Church.
He has been married to Sandra Taylor for 20 years, and she teaches and coaches in the Glen Rose ISD. The have a daughter, Torrie, and a son, Ty.