45+Adult Softball League
 
 

The Gwinnett Senior Softball League remembered the players and the spouses who have passed away by hosting a Memorial Tournament in honor of these individuals.

The 2016 One Pitch Memorial Tournament was held on Thursday, June 16, at Best Friend field. The ceremony honoring players/spouses began at 6:30 p.m. with the games starting at 7:00 p.m.

For information on the 2017 tournament, contact Ron Petre (706.362.9963 cell - rpetre30@windstream.net), Rick Rhodes (770.354.6151 -- rickrhodes44@gmail.com) or Doris Warpole, League Secretary (770.447.8592 or warpole@aol).

Life's journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy Cow...What a ride!"


Jim Smith Sportsmanship Award

STERLING POOLE - 2016 Award Winner

Nomination Statement

EMMETT VOLLENWEIDER - 2015 Award Winner

Nomination Statement

PETER MARIOLIS - 2014 Award Winner

Nomination Statement
MARTY SIMMONS - 2013 Award Winner

Nomination Statement
EARL BABBITT III - 2012 Award Winner

Nomination Statement
JOHN ADAMS - 2011 Award Winner

Nomination Statement

2016 Memorial Tournament Results and Pictures
2015 Memorial Tournament Results and Pictures
2014 Memorial Tournament Results and Pictures
2013 Memorial Tournament Results and Pictures

2012 Memorial Tournament Results and Pictures

2011 Memorial Tournament Results and Pictures


Softball Player Prayer

Around the Corner Poem

In Memory of Marion "Buster" Harris (1927 - 2017)
 

In Memory of Chuck Taylor (1942 - 2017)
 

In Memory of Howard Cissell (1936 - 2017)

In Memory of James Saunders (1947 - 2016)
 

In Memory of Jim Messer (1933 - 2016)

In Memory of Charlie Banks (1950 - 2016)
 

In Memory of Al DiFiore (1921 - 2016)
 

In Memory of Curtis Caldwell (1930 - 2016)
 

In Memory of Wayne Henck (1949 - 2015)
 

In Memory of Norm Lebedin (1926 - 2015)
 

In Memory of James "Dirt" Patterson (1941 - 2015)
Inducted in the Senior Softball Hall of Fame

In Memory of Bobby Swilley (1945 - 2015)
 

In Memory of Pablo Isern (1961 - 2015)
 

In Memory of Robert Ray "Bobby" Hines (1931 - 2015)

In Memory of Charlie Blackburn (1934 - 2014)
 

In Memory of Frederick McDowell (1934 - 2014)

In Memory of Charles (Chuck Eddy) (1929 - 2014)

In Memory of Mack Roper (1944 - 2014)
 

In Memory of George Bond (1919 - 2014)
 

In Memory of Wayne Lisle (1934 - 2013)

In Memory of Fred Magin (1938 - 2013)

In Memory of Earl Babbitt III (1956 - 2013)

In Memory of Hiram Oyola (1947 - 2013)

In Memory of Jim Allen (1930 - 2012)

In Memory of Tom Kramer (1947 - 2011)

In Memory of Elton Lewis (1931 - 2011)

In Memory of David Drapp (1932 - 2011)

In Memory of Wilson Whatley (Bear) (1924 - 2011)

In Memory of Larry Wilson (1932 - 2011)
 

In Memory of Stan Kelly (1926 - 2011)
1986 GA Peaches

In Memory of JW Austin (1949 - 2011)

In Memory of Cecil Bice (1939 - 2011)

In Memory of Jim Smith (1944 - 2010)
 

In Memory of Robert Wood (1958 - 2009)

In Memory of Ray Bearden (1928 - 2008)

In Memory of Don Miolla (1932 - 2006)

In Memory of George DeMore (1917 - 2006)

In Memory of Les Boswell (1927 - 2005)

In Memory of Charles Cook (1937 - 2005)

In Memory of George Dilbeck (1944 - 2004)

In Memory of John Eifert (1925 - 2004)

In Memory of Floyd Garner (1933 - 2003)

Players in Memoriam
Passed
Wife's Name

Dave Adams

04-12-98

Pat

Jim Allen
10-27-12
 
J. W. Austin
04-10-11
Diane
Earl Babbitt, III
02-13-13
Stephanie

Lamar Baldwin

11-11-90

Frankie

Charlie Banks
04-03-16
Barbara

Ray Bearden

01-03-08

Elaine

Charlie Blackburn
06-19-14
Anne
Cecil Bice
03-11-11
 
George Bond
03-22-14
Sara (Deceased)

Les Boswell

10-30-05

Elizabeth

Calvin Burgamy

08-03-98

Fay

Curtis Caldwell
01-30-16
Ann (Deceased) / Bruce, Son
David Child
06-10-10
Jerrie (Deceased)
Howard Cissell
02-19-17
Janie

Charles Cook

12-25-05

Betty (Deceased)

George DeMore

03-12-06

Alice

Al DiFiore
03-01-16
Sally (Deceased)

George Dilbeck

03-06-04

Wanda

David Drapp
08-22-11

Angela

Charles (Chuck) Eddy
04-00-14
Lola

John Eifert

05-14-04

Carolyn (Deceased)

Floyd Garner

07-04-03

Marlene

Roland (Smoke) Gocken
02-18-11
Betty

Albert Griswold

08-20-01

Sybil

Marion (Buster) Harris
06-08-17
Dot
Wayne Henck
09-16-15
Vickie

Eddie Henderson

11-07-01

Collistine

Robert (Bobby) Hines
01-20-15
Betty

Bob Hickok

12-21-91

Mary

Ray Ingram

11-20-04

Frances

Pablo Isern
02-03-15
 
Stan Kelly
02-22-11
Louise
Tom Kramer
11-29-11
Florence
Norm Lebedin
08-09-15
Edythe
Elton Lewis
08-28-11
Jeanette
Fred Magin
08-11-13
Sondra

Joe McCoy

11-00-94

  

Frederick McDowell
06-20-14
Martha
Jim Messer
01-29-16
Connie (Deceased) / Lena

Don Miolla

02-19-06

Joanne

Hirma Oyola
02-11-13
Sandra

Don Oveson

12-08-98

Jenny Felder

James "Dirt" Patterson
04-16-15
Pat

Anthony Pumo

09-13-01

Sarah

Dave Quinn

04-09-00

Jacqueline

Mack Roper
04-19-14
Kay
James Saunders
06-26-16
Betty
Jim Smith
06-18-10
Rosemary

Forrest Sweigart

11-12-94

Dora Jean

Bobby Swilley
3-19-15
Jodi
Charles "Chuck" Taylor
03-31-17
Joyce
Waymon Thompson
12-12-14
 

Dave Weinand

08-17-08

Cynthia

Wilson Whatley
08-24-11

Dorothy

Larry Wilson
05-29-11
Lee
Robert Wood
10-00-09
 

Mack Yarborough

08-31-92

Jo Ann

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Spouses in Memoriam
Passed
Member
Jackie Alexander
09-02-07
George
Sara Bond
09-15-13
George (Deceased)
Melina Brindley
06-14-02
Larry
Connie Brooks
07-11-15
Jerry
Arthurlyn Burleigh
04-25-06
Tom
Brownie Burns
12-31-98
Bill / John and Dan, Sons
Ann Caldwell
04-04-95
Curtis (Deceased) / Bruce, Son
Barbara Carr
11-16-07
Jim
Jerrie Child
10-11-99
David (Deceased)
Jeannetta Clingenpeel
04-21-99
Walt
Diana Coombs
10-05-16
Joe
Betty Cook
07-07-97
Charles (Deceased)
Grace Davis
03-27-98
Larry
Barbara Dembo
09-29-05
Floyd
Sally DiFiore
04-00-15
Al (Deceased)
Carolyn Eifert
02-22-04
John (Deceased)
Deborah Epstein
02-10-07
Rick
Gail Griffin
02-11-01
Art / Wayne, Son
Naomi Harrison
12-09-14
Harry
Cindy Jacenty
06-02-13
Jeff
Barbara Jean Litton
08-10-03
Jack
Bertha Marie Martin
10-20-86
Allen
Ann Mayhue
12-08-14
Gene
Betty Merchant
12-24-98
Jesse
Connie Messer
11-06-07
Jim (Deceased) / Lena, Daughter
Jeanne Mitchell
07-17-00
Frank
Deborah Nagy
01-10-10
Rob
Mindy Parrish
09-09-08
John
Beverly Piehl
12-18-99
Tom
Juana Sanchez
04-04-12
Jaime Caballero
Ann Stepka
09-20-08
Dick
Vivian Stevens
09-06-05
Joe
Bill Warpole
05-08-14
Doris
Betty Watkins
04-18-97
Karl
Polly Wood
11-19-00
Calvin

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Softball Player Prayer

Dear God:

Help me be a good sport in this game of Life. I don't ask for an easy place in the line up. Put me anywhere you need me. I only ask that I can give you 100% of everything I have. If all the hard drives seem to come my way, I thank you for the compliment.

Help me remember that you never send a player more trouble than he can handle. And help me, Lord to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. May I always play on the square, no matter what the others do. Help me to study the book so I'll know the rules.

Finally, God, if the natural turn of events goes against me and I am benched for sickness or old age, help me to accept that is part of the game too. Keep me from whimpering that I was framed or that I got a raw deal.

And when I finish the final inning, I ask for no laurels. All I want is to believe in my heart that I played as well as I could and that I didn't let you down. Amen

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Around The Corner
Poem by Charles Hanson Towne

Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.

And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.

And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.

"Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim
Just to show that I'm thinking of him",
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner, yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram sir," "Jim died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.

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Bethesda Park
225 Bethesda Church Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

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