WEIRTON - Family, friends and local residents came out to the Serbian American Cultural Center on Sunday to honor those who have been chosen for induction into the Weirton Hall of Fame this year.
Six individuals were selected to be part of the third group of honorees in the Weirton Hall of Fame, which included Burdell Lowery "Jimmy" Carey in the category of education; Robert DeLafayette Jeter Jr. and Eugene "Gene" Trosch for the category of sports and athletics; Ronald Greer and John "Jack" Stankiewicz in the category of public service and Don Donell for the category of business and industry.
According to the Weirton Hall of Fame Committee bylaws, all honoree nominations can be individuals with "outstanding" accomplishments, starting with the incorporation of the City of Weirton in 1947, and had to be a resident within the city limits for at least five years.
HONORED – Local residents, family and friends came out to the Serbian American Cultural Center on Sunday to honor those who have been chosen this year for induction into the Weirton Hall of Fame. Front and center accepting on behalf of Don Donell was his daughter Lynn Donell Dulaney. In back from left were Carol Hudson accepting the award on behalf of Robert DeLafayette “Bob” Jeter; Ron Greer; Zita Stickles accepting on behalf of Eugene “Gene” Trosch; Joe Stankiewicz on behalf of his brother John “Jack” Stankiewicz; and Phil Carey on behalf of Burdell Lowery “Jimmy” Carey.
Bob Rossell, Hall of Fame committee chairman, welcomed everyone to the ceremony. He said it was a special day for special people in a special town. Each inductee was given an introduction and biographical information shared before presenting the awards to those accepting.
Phil Carey, Jimmy Carey's son, accepted the award on his behalf. Carey said this was a very emotional experience for him and thanked the committee for selecting his father to be inducted into the Weirton Hall of Fame.
"This will be the fourth Hall of Fame my father has been selected to be a part of and it's a great tribute to the man he was," said Carey.
Phone calls came pouring in, he said, when news was released that his father would be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He said people shared stories with him and the impact his father had on the lives of others.
"He helped build character and influenced so many," he said. "He taught people how to have respect for themselves, for others and to take responsibility for themselves. Thank you so much for this honor."
Lynn Donell Dulaney, daughter of the late Don Donell, accepted the award on her father's behalf. She said it was such a great honor to be among those who loved her father.
"It's wonderful, thank you," she said.
Ron Greer accepted his induction award and shared many stories of his years of service. He said the most influential people in his life were his mother and his grandmother. He thanked his wife, Tina, and his children for all of the support they provided throughout his life of service as well as the committee for accepting the nomination.
Eunice Jeter Sykes gave a history of her brother Bob Jeter's life and influence on Weirton and their family before welcoming sister Carol Hudson up to accept the award.
"He was such a teddy bear and had so much pride in what he did," said Sykes.
"We remember how much football was a part of Weirton and such a big part of Bobby's life," added Hudson. "From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much."
On behalf of John "Jack" Stankiewicz, his brother Joe Stankiewicz attended to accept the award. He thanked the committee members and discussed how Jack was a major influence in the local area in the field of fire and emergency services.
"It's nice how we are all intertwined," he said.
The last inductee to be awarded was Eugene Trosch. Zita Stickles, Trosch's sister, accepted the award on her brother's behalf and informed the crowd that the rest of the family was unable to make it to the ceremony because of storms in the south. She thanked the committee for honoring her brother and asked that her family be kept in prayer.
Those honored through the Weirton Hall of Fame will have their names placed on a plaque in the Weirton Room at the Millsop Community Center along with information available on a touch-screen kiosk.