Hall of Fame

Chuck Thomas, Class of 1936

Induction Class of 1999
Football & Track

Thomas began his athletic career at SAHS playing all four years and earning All-Delta Honors his junior and senior year. He also played four years of basketball and track. In 1934 Thomas earned 1st Team All-State honors his freshman year and was named 2nd Team All-State as a sophomore. He was also named All Mississippi Valley Conference First Team in 1935 and was Captain of the 1935 team which won the MVC Championship. Charles was nominated for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and inducted in 1976. While at SJC, Thomas also ran the mile relay and threw discuss and javelin. The Trojans won the State Championship in 1936 with Thomas setting a record in the javelin throw. Thomas is also a charter member of the DSU Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted in 1971.

At Delta State, Thomas set records in football for the longest pass interception run with 96 yards, the most consecutive carries with 12, the most touchdowns scored in a single game with 6, and most points in a season with 119. He also played basketball and was a member of the first team to represent the Southern Division at the NIT Tournament.

After college, Thomas taught and coached at Itta Bena High School for 6 years, Yazoo City High School for 2 years where he won the Middle Mississippi Conference Championship in 1943 going 11-0, and Winona High School for 2 years. In 1948 he became District Executive and Assistant Scout Executive of the Delta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Greenville. He held that position until his retirement.

Thomas served as a Marine in both WWII and the Korean Conflict and was discharged with the rank of Captain.

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