Walk of Honor Inductees - 2007

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GENERAL ARTHUR E. BROWN, JR.

Walk of Honor 2007

A 1953 graduate of West Point, Gen. Brown culminated a 36-year military career as Director of the Army Staff (1983-1987) and Vice-Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army (1987-1989).

GENERAL JOHN COFFEE

Walk of Honor 2007

Through his personal and business relationship with Andrew Jackson, Gen. Coffee led Jackson's cavalry in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and became a celebrated American hero.

EZRA LEE CULVER

Walk of Honor 2007

With a fourth grade education, Ezra Culver employed his own innovative concrete process in major 20th century projects.  His construction experience included work on Yankee Stadium, Lincoln Tunnel and the Florida Keys bridges.

RONNIE GENE FLIPPO

Walk of Honor 2007

In his 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives (1977-1991), Ronnie Flippo held such important posts as the chairmanship of the Space Science Subcommittee during the development of the space shuttle, Columbia.

MAJ. GEN. GEORGE W. GOETHALS

Walk of Honor 2007

In 1891, G. W. Goethals, in his role as supervisor of public works on the Tennessee River, reported directly to the Secretary of War.  Later, he was Chief Engineer for the construction of the Panama Canal.

WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER HANDY

Walk of Honor 2007

Born in Florence in 1873, W. C. Handy wrote some of the country's most recognizable blues music such as the "St. Louis Blues."  He became internationally know as the "Father of the Blues."

CAROLINE LEE HENTZ

Walk of Honor 2007

Educator and author Caroline Hentz was among the first female novelists in America.  Her 13 volumes were some of the most popular in the U.S. during the mid-1800's, and her three dramas were produced in major cities.

HARLON HILL

Walk of Honor 2007

The NFL Rookie of the Year (1954) and MVP (1955), Harlon Hill starred with the Chicago Bears.  The Harlon Hill Trophy is presented annually to the NCAA Division II Football Player of the Year.

WILLIAM D. "BUDDY" KILLEN

Walk of Honor 2007

Buddy Killen earned international renown as a music publisher, songwriter, record producer and recording artist.  He helped launch the careers of a host of well-known musicians during the last half of the 20th century.

JUSTICE JOHN A. MCKINLEY

Walk of Honor 2007

First serving as a member of the U.S. Senate (1826-1830), John McKinley was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Van Buren, becoming the first justice from Alabama.

DR. ETHELBERT BRINKLEY NORTON

Walk of Honor 2007

Dr. E. B. Norton was a member of the U.S. Education Mission sent to Japan after World War II to advise Gen. McArthur on the complete reorganization of the Japanese School System, which is still in place today.

EDWARD ASBURY O'NEAL, III

Walk of Honor 2007

Serving 16 years as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (1931-1947), Mr. O'Neal developed major New Deal farm policies in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration.

SAMUEL CORNELIUS PHILLIPS

Walk of Honor 2007

Known as the "Father of Rock and Roll," Sam Phillips established Sun Records in 1952, helping Elvis Presley and other well-known artists launch their careers.  He received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in music.

JAMES THOMAS RAPIER

Walk of Honor 2007

Lawyer and statesman James T. Rapier, a son of free African-American parents in Florence, holds the distinction of being just the second African-American from Alabama to be elected, in 1873, to the U.S. Congress.

THOMAS SIGISUMUND STRIBLING

Walk of Honor 2007

In 1934, T. S. Stribling won the Pulitzer Prize for The Store, part of the trilogy set in Florence.  His story "Birthright" was produced in Hollywood as a silent movie and, later, with sound.

LT. COL. R. EDWARD YEILDING

Walk of Honor 2007

After flying more than 90 worldwide reconnaissance missions, in 1990 Lt. Col. Ed Yeilding set a coast to coast aircraft speed record of 67 minutes 54 seconds flying the SR-71 spy plane, which is now at the Smithsonian.