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The National “W” Club has continuously worked to enhance the athletic programs at “State” by providing contributions for scholarships and equipment.
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Dear Friends: 
 
The National “W” Club Association is honored to welcome all alumni and former Yellow Jackets back to campus. We appreciate your encouragement and support of WVSU athletics.  
 
In January 2008, Hazo W. Carter, Jr. WVSU President Emeritus, designated the Canty House as the official headquarters for the National "W" Club. The National “W” Club has continually worked to enhance the athletic programs at “State” by providing funds for scholarships, equipment, and the purchase of a motor coach. Contributions from members and friends made all of this possible. Our recent $200,000 pledge to the fund raising campaign is being fulfilled in installments to the WVSU Foundation.
 
We know that under the leadership of 11th President Anthony L. Jenkins the "W" Club and WVSU athletic programs will continue to thrive. During the Homecoming fesitivities, President Jenkins acknowledged and honored the importance of the "W" Club to West Virginia State's athletic programs and student-athletes.
 
Thank you for your team spirit and continued support to West Virginia State University and the National “W” Club.
 
Sincerely, 
 
William "Billy" Lipscomb 
President
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowA Brief History


On a fall West Virginia Sunday morning in 1975, the day after West Virginia State’s Homecoming, a group of West Virginia State College alumni met in a Charleston, West Virginia hotel. The agenda was to brainstorm as to how to raise funds for athletics as well as restore athletics to the status of previous years. The open discussion was chaired by Attorney William Lonesome, an alumnus of the school and a very distinguished leader. 

After several hours of discussion, it was decided that a National “W” Club would be formed to raise funds for athletic programs. A year later, in 1976, a meeting was held the night before the Homecoming game to formally establish a new National “W” Club. 

The first officers of the National “W” Club elected at the 1976 meeting were: Dr. Frank E. Enty, president; Rupert G. Curry, vice president; Herbert B. Thompson, treasurer, and Herbert H. Henderson, attorney/secretary.

Attorney Herbert Henderson was assigned the responsibility of acquiring corporate status for the organization. The hard, long, pro-bono legal work of Mr. Henderson gained corporate status for the National “W” Club in 1978. The incorporators were Dr. Frank E. Enty, Rupert Curry, Herbert B. Thompson, William L. Lonesome, and Herbert Henderson. 

Washington, D.C. was selected as the home base for the National “W” Club. 

The “W” Club has two chapters, the Institute Chapter and the Shenandoah Chapter which is located in Martinsburg, W.Va. Both chapters are instrumental in the success of the National “W” Club. 
Herbert Thompson wrote the first by-laws for the National “W” Club. 

In 1979, at a “W” Club Homecoming meeting, Mr. Glover Smiley proposed the establishing of an Athletic Hall of Fame. It was voted on and passed by the membership.

The first Hall of Famers were inducted in 1980. They were Chester A. Burris; Mark H. Cardwell; Samuel A. Gamble; Vasco D Hale; Adolph P. Hamblin; Louis R. W. Johnson; Earl Lloyd; Floyd Meadows; Roderick L. Price, and Marvin H. Richardson. 

Former presidents of the National “W” Club are Dr. Frank Enty, Rupert Curry, Vandy Miller, Madison Broadnax, and Henry R. Bellinger. In 1998, Cornelious Jones was elected to the presidency. 

The WVSC Sports Hall of Fame, located in the Canty House on the campus of WVSU, was dedicated to Mark H. Cardwell, Sr. on October 13, 1990. This facility showcases academic and athletic triumphs of West Virginia State College athletes. 

On April 7, 2004, Gov. Bob Wise signed House Bill 448, which granted university status to West Virginia State; thus, the new name became West Virginia State University.
 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowPast "W" Club Presidents
  • Cornelious Jones ~ 2000 - 2007
  • Frank Enty ~ 1999
  • Hank Bellinger ~ 1991 - 1997
  • Madison Broadnax ~ 1987 - 1990
  • Vandy Miller ~ 1983 - 1986
  • Rupert Curry ~ 1980 - 1982 & 1998
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrow2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
 

John Wesley "Jack" Craig
Football

Edward "Pete" Thurman
​Basketball & Track

Arnett Hoston, Jr
Football & Track

John Simms
Tennis

Robert Lee Smith
Football & Track

Gregory V. Monroe, Jr 
Honorary Inductee

Valerie Colquitt Wright
Basketball

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.
Honorary Inductee

 

 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowHall of Fame Inductees

 
INDUCTEE CLASS INDUCTED
     
Aheart, Andrew N. (Honorary) (Deceased)   2007
Aheart, Lamont M 1970 1997
Anderson, John C. 1975 2007
Anderson, Warren 1977 2005
Anderson- Conliff, Debra M. 1976 2012
Angle, Larry J. Jr. 1987 2005
Archie, William B 1954 1990
Atkinson, Terry 1979 2004
Bacote, Samuel  W. 1959 1997
Bailey, Calvin L. (Coach) 1972 1985
Bailey , James A. (Deceased) 1950 1982
Bailey, Laurence 1963 1996
Banks, Oree (Coach)   2008
Bates, John M. ( Deceased) 1937 1982
Bates,  Pervis M. 1939 1981
Baugh, Warren T. (Deceased) 1950 1988
Beckner, Richard A. Sr. 1972 2003
Bellinger, Henry R. 1960 1985
Belmear, Horace E. 1940 1997
Berger, Marshall L. 1977 2008
Berry, Jackie (Deceased) 1973 2005
Berry, Rance A. 1973 2007
Bethel, Antoine B. 1984 2005
Beverly, Eleanor 1960 2000
Boone, James L. (Deceased) 1955 1989
Bowles, Joseph (Deceased) 1942 1988
Broadnax, Madison (Deceased) 1940 1989
Brown, Dallas C. Sr. (Deceased) 1923 1996
Brown, Dandridge D. (Deceased) 1923 1989
Burghart, William F. (Coach) (Deceased) 1936 1981
Burney, William L. (Deceased) 1950 1991
Burris, Chester A. (Coach) (Deceased) 1948 1980
Burroughs, Knute W.  (Deceased) 1937 1982
Busch, Elaine S. (Deceased) 1953 1996
Byers, R. Charles (Honorary) 1968 2005
Byrd, Charles R. (Honorary) (Deceased)   1999
Caldwell, John H. 1975 2007
Cannaday, Irvin Jr. (Coach) (Deceased) 1950 1995
Cardwell, Mark H. (Coach) (Dec) 1925 1980
Carey, Malva J. 1975 1985
Carr, Charles D. 1983 2000
Carse, Graig W.   2012
Carter, Hazo W. Jr. (Hon) (Dec)   1995
Casey, Wayne E. 1989 2000
Casey, Wayne D. 1968 1994
Casto, Steven B. 1981 1993
Charley, James W. 1976 2010
Chilton, Samuel B., Jr. 1987 1999
Christian, Horace B. (Deceased) 1959 1988
Clark, Barbara L. (Deceased)   2000
Clark, Benjamin F. (Deceased) 1933 1983
Clark, Charles 1988 2008
Clark, Clarence (Deceased) 1950 1982
Clark, Russell 1987 1999
Coleman, Theester (Hon) (Dec) 1935 2005
Corbin, E. Adelbert 1940 1984
Craig, John Wesley (Jack) 1961 2015
Crawford, Everett G. (Deceased) 1927 1990
Cullop, James, E., Jr 1960 2008
Cunningham, Marion L. 1974 2002
Curry, Rupert G. (Deceased) 1953 1987
Daniels, Howard K. 1961 2007
Davis, Edward, Jr. 1970 2008
Davis, Frank Maxie (Deceased) 1948 1988
Davis Robert A. (Deceased) 1948 1986
Dawson, A.L. (Coach)   2001
Dawson, Joe (Deceased) 1972 2001
Diggs, Robert P. 1931 1987
Dillahunt, Elaine 1967 2001
Dillard, Clyde (Deceased) 1950 1987
Edwards, Ernest E. (Deceased) 1932 1989
Ellis, Charles (Deceased) 1969 1998
Ellis, Oliver (Deceased) 1951 1984
Enty, Frank E. 1950 1992
Epps, Gregory D., Sr. 1981 2008
Estep, Perry J. 1980 1998
Farmer, Samuel J. (Deceased) 1930 1990
Ferguson, Daniel L., Jr 1947 1994
Ferguson, Warne Leon 1963 2007
Fish, Louis F. 1966 2002
Flournoy, Walter 1954 2009
Fox, John 1972 2004
Freeman, Dwayne M. 1970 2003
Frow, Dreyfus W. 1929 1984
Gallion, Michael L. 1964 1991
Gamble, Samuel A. (Deceased) 1947 1980
Gaskin, James C. 1939 1988
Gilliam, Joseph W. (Deceased) 1952 1987
Gilmer, Rodney 1975 2005
Gilmore, Johnny D.   1996
Gist,  John H. 1950 2002
Goff, Floyd S. 1961 2008
Goff, Wilbert C. 1962 2010
Goodwin, Johnny D. 1990 2006
Goodwin, Thomas D. 1962 2010
Gough, Joseph “Pepe” (Deceased) 1925 1995
Gray, Grant S. (Coach) (Deceased)   1993
Greene, Linwood, Sr.   1997
Greene, Oliver (Deceased) 1931 1982
Griffin, Ervin V. Sr. (Honorary)   2005
Griffin, James S. (Deceased)   1993
Grimmett, Mark 1981 2009
Hale, Vasco D. 1940 1980
Hamblin, Adolph P. (Coach) (Deceased)   1980
Hamilton, Alan L. (Deceased) 1969 1999
Hamilton, Dave 1969 1994
Harris, Frank (Deceased) 1950 2002
Hartney, Joe 1965 2004
Harvey, Harold N. (Honorary)(Deceased) 1936 1982
Hawkins, Charles C. (Honorary) (Deceased)   2002
Hawkins, Robert (Deceased) 1954 1990
Hemphill, Brian O.   2015
Henderson, Herbert H. (Deceased) 1953 1983
Hill Phillip H., Sr. 1965 2012
Holden, Alyce, R. (Deceased) 1938 1996
Holt, George E. 1962 2006
Horn, John W. (Deceased) 1943 1990
Hostoon, Arnett, Jr.   2015
Housen, Jack H. (Deceased) 1948 1987
Howard, L. Britt 1990 2006
Hughes, Albert “Chubby” 1973 2011
Hunter, Ben A. (Deceased) 1969 2002
Hunter, Oliver E. 1974 2011
Hunting, Ollie D. 1972 2006
Israel, Isaiah 1938 1985
Jackson, Al Preston, Sr. 1960 2004
Jackson, Alfonso C. 1960 2005
Jackson, Carlton 1990 2009
Jackson, William S. (Deceased) 1937 1981
Jefferson, Frederick D. 1946 1991
Jenkins, Drewie G. (Deceased) 1938 1992
Johnson, Ernest E. (Deceased) 1934 1993
Johnson, Louis R. W. (Deceased) 1940 1980
Jones, Corneilious “Papa” 1968 1993
Jones, DeWalden W. (Deceased) 1952 2006
Jones, Hubert L. (Deceased) 1939 1987
Jones, Thomas L. Lt. Col. (Ret) 1974 2003
Justice, Franklin P., Jr 1967 1992
Kates, C. Milton (Honorary) 1952 2005
Kent, Ernest (Deceased) 1954 1999
Kirk, William J., Jr. 1970 2011
Layne, Marvin L. 1971 2010
Lee, Edward A. 1972 2007
LeFever, William R. 1964 1995
Legette, Ronnie Sr. 1987 2003
Lipscomb, William W. 1975 2003
Lloyd, Earl 1950 1980
Lynch, Wesley, J. (Deceased) 1943 1990
Majette, Milton L. (Deceased) 1948 1993
Matthews, William P. 1974 2008
McCoy, Mark 1988 2009
McGlothlin, Frederick G. (Deceased) 1966 2001
McLeod, Ronald M. 1960 1993
Meadows, Ferguson B., Jr (Deceased) 1966 2001
Meadows, Floyd (Deceased) 1937 1980
Middleton, Fred D. (Deceased) 1947 1983
Milbourne, John 1957 2007
Millard, Edmund L., Sr. (Deceased) 1953 2006
Miller, Vandy L. 1954 1986
Miller, Morena G. 1955 189
Miller, Samuel 1951 1991
Mills, Marvin D. (Coach) 1947 1994
Moore, William George (Deceased) 1924 1983
Moore, Paul J. (Coach) (Honorary) (Deceased)   1990
Moore, Oscar A. (Deceased) 1934 1981
Moore, Ron 1987 2000
Morris James G. 1954 1985
Mosley, John C. 1962 2005
Nash, James “Jim” Russell (Deceased) 1932 2011
Nicholson, William L. 1968 2007
Nixon, James 1955 2000
Noles, Ruben 1989 2005
Nunn, William “Bill” 1948 1990
Oden, Joseph R Jr. 1989 2005
Palmer, Daniel B. (Deceased) 1931 1992
Perry, Taylor 1969 1999
Peters, Joseph C. (Deceased) 1948 1987
Pleasant, Ronald 1987 2006
Poore, Bryan (Coach) 1988 2010
Preston, James D. (Deceased) 1939 1990
Price, Denny 1971 1994
Price, Roderick L. (Coach) (Deceased) 1937 1980
Randall, Edgar 1979 1998
Ravenel, Harry J. 1983 2011
Reed, Vincent E. 1952 1983
Richardson, Marvin H. (Deceased) 1937 1980
Riley, Donald L.   2015
Robinson, William J. (Deceased) 1937 1981
Rockhold, Clayton D. (Deceased)   1993
Ross, Ellis L. 1933 1993
Sales, John C. 1950 1995
Saulsbury, Bob 1952 2001
Saudners, Emmett B., Jr (Deceased) 1943 1991
Saunders, Harry (Deceased) 1929 1984
Savage, Bernard S. (Deceased) 1972 2001
Scott, Edward, Sr. (Deceased) 1952 1998
Scott, Francis 1972 2009
Scott, James L. (Deceased) 1934 1983
Shannon, Oliver T. (Deceased) 1929 1988
Sheets, Alden 1971 1994
Simms, John   2015
Smiley, Glover L. Jr 1977 1992
Smith, Robert Lee   2015
Smith, Robert L. (Deceased) 1947 1987
Smith, Wendell (Deceased) 1937 1994
Smith, Willie G. 1949 2001
Smith, Willie B. (Deceased) 1954 1986
Smoot, Douglas 1968 2004
Spencer, Betty C. 1967 1996
Spradley, Milton L. 1982 2006
Starling, Edward M. (Deceased) 1951 1986
Starling, Carl (Deceased) 1946 1990
Stewart, Charles E. 1950 2001
Stewart, Colston R. Jr. (Deceased) 1934 1983
Street, Rossellini  Dwight 1975 2006
Strong, Robert 1960 2009
Swanson, John E. (Deceased) 1944 1988
Swayne, Steve 1975 2011
Taylor, Robert Paul 1951 1989
Taylor, Tyrone (Deceased) 1973 2012
Thomas, Paul W. (Deceased) 1950 1986
Thompson, Carroll U. (Deceased) 1935 1984
Thompson, Herbert B. (Deceased) 1962 2010
Thurman, Edward “Pete”   2015
Thurman, John D. (Deceased) 1984 2008
Tose, William S. (Honorary) 1972 2010
Tribble, James 1982 1998
Turpeau, Rossman, Jr. 1960 1998
VanHargis, Clifford (Deceased) 1938 1993
Wade, Keith O. 1983 2012
Walker, Nellie E. (Honorary) 1975 1999
Wallace, Willie (Deceased) 1963 2004
Wares, James T. (Deceased) 1933 1984
Washington, James A. 1986 2004
Washington, Othello 1983 1998
Watson, Daniel 1974 2009
Watson, Joseph G., Sr. 1965 2002
Whitted, Palmer D., Sr. (Deceased) 1931 1985
Wickliffe, Edward V. (Deceased) 1950 1981
Wilkerson, James A. (Deceased) 1928 1992
Wilkerson, Walter M., Sr. (Honorary) 1974 2008
Williams, Alfred L. 1968 1999
Williams, Jerry B. (Deceased) 1951 1989
Wilson, James C. (Coach) (Deceased) 1946 1989
Wilson, Phillip 1974 2012
Wilson, Robert (Deceased) 1950 1983
Wolfe, Shenna Rosann Smithers 2005 2011
Woods, Jeff C. 1975 2008
Woods, Jeffrey W. 1989 2004
Wright, Valerie Colquitt   2015
     
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowHonorary Inductees

 
  • Dr. Andrew N. Aheart
  • Mr. Oree Banks
  • Dr. R. Charles Byers
  • Dr. Charles R. Byrd
  • Dr. Hazo W. Carter, Jr.
  • Dr. Ervin B. Griffin, Sr.
  • Mr. Charles Hawkins
  • Mr. Robert Hawkins
  • Mr. Milton C. Kates
  • Mr. Paul J. Moore
  • Mr. Coleman Theester
  • Mr. William "Bill" Tose
  • Ms. Nellie Walker
  • Mr. Walter M. Wilkerson, Sr.
  • Mr. Jeff C. Woods

 
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