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 Brownwood Depot and Civic Center.
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 are 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.
Piper is president and chief operating officer of Insurors Indemnity Companies, an insurance company located in Waco that sells and underwrites commercial property, casualty and surety business. He was appointed to this position in 2002.
From 1971 to 2002, Piper held different senior executive officer positions with the two national carriers, Aetna Life and Casualty and Crum and Forester, and Millers Mutual, a Texas regional company. With the exception of two years in California, Piper’s 35-year insurance career has been in Texas — Houston, Lubbock, Dallas, Fort Worth and Waco.
Piper was born in San Saba, the sixth child of Luther and Cassie Piper, and moved with the family to Brownwood when he was two years old. The Pipers were longtime Brownwood residents.
Piper was president of the student body at BHS and a member of the Brownwood Lions 1965 state championship team that posted a 14-0 record and allowed its opponents to score a total of 43 points. He earned all-state honors in football in 1965. Piper was also a member of the 1965 Brownwood basketball team that advanced to the state tournament and the 1965 4x400 relay team that earned third place at the state track meet.
After graduating from Brownwood High School in 1966, Piper attended Texas A&M University where he was starting defensive end on the 1967 SWC championship team that beat Alabama in the 1968 Cotton Bowl Classic. He earned second-team All-SWC honors while at A&M, graduating in 1970 with a BBA degree. He started his insurance career after a short active duty military obligation in the Marine Corps.
Piper is active in Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and the Rotary Club of Waco. He enjoys travel and golf. He and his wife, B.G., split their time between their two homes — Waco and Ruidoso, N.M.. Through their blended families, they have four children — Suzanne Macon, Jim Simmons, Chris Piper and Colby Piper.