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Mark Martin's Notepad

Remembering Some Greats
June 9, 2014

Mark Martin Recently, some greats on the Mountain State sports scene passed away.
Our state was blessed to have these fine gentlemen.

Charlie Elkins – One of my first jobs out of college was doing some newspaper work in Lincoln County’s tiny Hamlin. It is there I got acquainted with Charlie Elkins.
He was the head coach of Bobcat basketball from 1952-89. He had three teams reach the state title game during his lengthy career.

He was a constant figure at the State Tournament and was honored during the 100th anniversary celebration of the event in 2013 for attending the most in consecutive years.
His two sons – Chuck and Bill – have both enjoyed outstanding coaching careers. Chuck has been guiding Buffalo basketball for several years and Bill guided Hamlin’s program after his father’s retirement. Bill then became the first-ever head coach for basketball for the consolidated Lincoln County High School.

Charlie Elkins was a member of the West Virginia Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame. The Charles E. Elkins Alumni Award is named in his honor at the Buckhannon-based school. In addition, the gymnasium at old Hamlin High School is named after the legendary coach.

Charlie Elkins was 85.

Chris Nunn – Known as “Big Dawg,” the 32-year-old Nunn died following a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Nunn was an outstanding high school athlete at both East Bank and Riverside. He was a member of the first Riverside graduating class in 2000.

The school which was formed from the consolidation of East Bank and DuPont played for the state football runner-up Warriors in the fall of 1999. Nunn had the distinction of becoming Riverside’s first-ever state champion by winning the Class AAA shot put championship at the West Virginia High School State Track and Field Meet of 2000.
After Riverside, Nunn competed in both football and track and field at Glenville State College.

As an offensive lineman, Nunn earned All-West Virginia Conference First Team honors twice and was a NCAA Division II Pre-Season All-American.

He was also a two-time West Virginia Conference shot put champ.

Following his days at GSC, Nunn enjoyed a professional indoor football career that lasted several years.

Nunn was a wonderful young man.

Bob Orders – The anchor of WVU’s offensive line in 1952 and 1953, Orders became a Mountaineer after enjoying a terrific athletic career at old Huntington High School. He was a First Team All-State selection in both football and basketball for the Pony Express.

Orders first went to West Point before transferring to WVU.

Orders was part of the 1953 team that moved on to face off with Georgia Tech in the 1954 Sugar Bowl.

Orders was a First Team All-American by NEA in 1953 and twice earned All-Southern Conference honors.
WVU’s football leader at the time, Art “Pappy” Lewis, labeled Orders “the best in-the-line blocker I’ve ever coached.”
Orders, who was 82 when he died, spent time in the NFL before becoming a successful businessman in Charleston.
He is a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.

Gary Hunt – Considered one of Ravenswood High School’s all-time finest athletes, Hunt died following a short battle with cancer.

Hunt became the first baseball player from Ravenswood to earn First Team All-State honors.

He also excelled in basketball and football.

After high school, Hunt was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He pitched at the junior college level in Arizona before settling in with Jack Cook’s baseball program at Marshall University.

Hunt was very active in the community through the years as a youth league coach. In addition, he supported the various leagues in the area and all the Ravenswood High School teams as the owner of Gary’s – a popular convenience store in the lovely Jackson County community.

Gary Hunt was 61.
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