10th Annual Dobyns-Bennett High School Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: October 25, 2018
CLASS OF 1955
William B. Greene, Jr.
Athletics were a major part of William’s life at Dobyns-Bennett where he played basketball, baseball, and golf. He made All-State in basketball both his junior, and senior years. William was respected among his peers who elected him president of the class his freshman, sophomore, junior and sen- ior years. William received a dual scholarship in basketball and golf to Wake Forest University earning varsity letters in both sports for three years. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1959 with a B.S. degree in History and Philosophy. He completed post graduate work at Wake Forest, North- western and YPO’s Harvard Graduate School of Business and then graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He served in the Army and in 1961, was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.
At the age of 24, William became the youngest bank president and CEO in the United States. In 1964, he became the primary shareholder, President, and Chairman of Carter County Bank in Elizabethton, TN. At the same time, he purchased controlling interest in First Peoples Bank in Johnson City, TN and a year later became Chairman. In 1967, William formed the first statewide banking corporation in Tennessee called the United Tennessee Bankshares Corporation which initially included Carter County Bank and First Peoples Bank. Several years later, he brought Nashville City Bank and National Bank of Commerce in Memphis into the organization. William was also a major contributor and co-founder of Paragon Bank in Raleigh and Charlotte as well as several other banks across Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. While serving as Director of the Northwestern Financial Corporation, he was part of the first major banking merger in the United States when First Union Bank merged with Wachovia Bank which later became a part of the Wells Fargo system. In 1974, he and his father co-founded the Bank of Tennessee, of which he has been President three times and is now Chairman of the BancTenn Corporation which owns 100 percent of Bank of Tennessee. In 2008, William was named a Leader in Banking Excellence by the Tennessee Bankers Association and was selected to be in the Tennessee Banking Hall of Fame.
Outside of banking, William served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University in the 1990s. Wake Forest named the psychology and foreign language building in his honor. For over 20 years, he served as Chairman of the Wake Forest University’s Investment Policy Committee which oversaw a $2 billion endowment. In 1990, WIlliam received the Wake Forest Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest award the university presents to an alumnus. Presently, Greene serves on the Board of Trustees at Milligan College where he was honored with the Doctor of Economics degree. The William B. Greene School of Business and Technology is named in honor of Greene at Milligan College.
In 1998, William was selected as President of the World Presidents’ Organi- zation, the Graduate School of the Young Presidents’ Organization which is composed of 6,000 of the world’s most successful corporations. He has served on the Board of Directors of five public companies and served as Chairman of two.
His love for golf carries on as he won the State of Tennessee Senior Four Ball championship. William received the Rolex Achievement Award from the College Golf Foundation and the Rolex Watch company. At East Tennessee State University, he raised over $2.4 million to make the Warren-Greene Golf Practice Facility one of the outstanding programs in the country. In 2010, he was selected to the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame by the Tennessee Golf Foundation in Nashville.
In 2017, East Tennessee State University named their new football stadium the William B. Greene Jr. Stadium. William is married to Linda Susan Latimer, a local physician and they have one daughter, Rebecca Ellen Greene. His sister is Valerie Greene Ketron.
CLASS OF 1953
C. Wallace Ketron, Jr.
Born in Kingsport, TN on April 4, 1934 to Claude and Alberta Ketron, Wallace graduated from Dobyns-Bennett in 1953. He attended and graduated from East Tennessee State College in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in History and Physical Education. He played football from junior high through college. In 1965, Wallace earned a Master of Education degree at the University of Mississippi and in 1966 attended the History Institute at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He went back to East Tennessee State University in 1975 and earned an Educational Specialist degree concentrating in Administration. Wallace completed Doctoral studies at East Tennessee State University in 1990.
He worked as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Church Hill High School from 1958-1961. He also served as Assistant Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach during that time. He moved to Winter Haven, Florida to work at Winter Haven Senior High School from 1961-1962 and was a Driver Education Teacher, Assistant Football Coach, and Baseball Coach.
He moved back to East Tennessee in 1962 and for the next ten years, Wallace worked as a History and Math Teacher and Assistant Football Coach at Blountville High School and also the Head Football Coach at Central High School. He served as Head Baseball Coach at both Blountville High School and Central High School during this time.
From 1972 to 1973, he served as Dean of Students, Assistant Football Coach, and Head Baseball Coach at Auburndale Senior High School in Polk County, FL. In 1973, he again came back to Kingsport to work at Dobyns- Bennett High School as an American History Teacher and served as Defensive Coordinator for the football team.
In 1974 to 1978, he served Gate City High School as Principal and then came back to Dobyns-Bennett as a Vocational Administrator until 1988. In 1988, he was elected as Superintendent for the Sullivan County School System. Wallace served as Executive Director for the Metropolitan Area School Systems from 1992-1997.
Wallace earned many awards and honors including Optimist Club of West Kingsport’s Optimist of the Year Service Award and Distinguished Service Award and Certificate of Merit from Tennessee State Department of Education. He is a member of the Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame. He served on the State of Tennessee Advisory Council for Handicapped Students, was President of the Sullivan County Retired Teachers Association from 1990-1992, Executive Secretary of the Metropolitan Area Schools from 1992 to 1996 and on the Board of Trustees for Warner University.
He was East Tennessee Golden Gloves Middleweight Champion in 1956, Upper Lakes Conference Baseball Coach of the Year in 1969, Rotherwood Conference Baseball Coach of the Year in 1970 and All Big Five Baseball Coach of the Year in 1971. He also was a member of the 1992 championship team at the Tennessee State Superintendents Golf Tournament.
Wallace volunteered many hours over the years to different organizations including American Legion Hammond Post #3 (Member of the 81st Military Police Reserve Unit 1956-1962), Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport Board of Directors, Kingsport Lion’s Club Associate Member, Sullivan County Retired Teachers Association, Kingsport Retired Teachers Association, East Tennessee State University Alumni Association, University of Mississippi Alumni Association, Phi Delta Kappa and the Gideons. He served on the Sullivan County Commission from 1982-1988.
Wallace also serves faithfully in his church and community. He is married to Nina Ketron and have three children, Wally, Phil and Gina, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
CLASS OF 1958
Hal P. McHorris
Hal graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1958 and was a member of the baseball and football teams. He received a football scholarship to play at Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA. While at Emory, Hal lettered in football four years and started three of those four years. Hal was captain of the team his senior year and was elected to First Team All State for small colleges in Virginia. He was also named Honorable Mention All American for small colleges in the United States the same year.
While at Emory and Henry, he was a member of the Blue Key Honorary Fraternity, Student Government, and Vice President of his senior class. He was President of his social fraternity, Phi Gamma Phi. Hal graduated from Emory and Henry in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Accounting. After graduation, he went to work for Tennessee Eastman Company in Industrial Relations. At Eastman, he advanced to positions of more responsibility and retired in 1998 as Manager of Employee Services. While at Eastman, he was in charge of recreation when the Eastman Employee Center (now the Toy F. Reid Employee Center) was approved, constructed and opened.
After retirement, Hal became a Committee member of the Upper East Tennessee Senior Golf League and became Committee Chairman in 2009. He is still serving as Chairman of the 235 member league and regularly competes in league play. Hal served on the Board of Trustees at Emory and Henry College for sixteen years. He was President of the Emory and Henry Alumni Association and Chairman of Holston Conference College Inc. In 2004, he was elected to the Emory and Henry Sports Hall of Fame.
Hal served as a member of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of First Night in 1995. He was Treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 255 for 35 years. Hal is a former President of Meadowview Golf Club and Ridgefields Country Club. He is an active member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church.
Hal married his junior high school sweetheart, Clara Cox McHorris in 1962. They have three children, Christy M. Norris of Charlotte, NC, William Hal McHorris, deceased, and Matthew McHorris of Angola, Africa.
CLASS OF 1958
Michael O. O'Neill
Mike was president of the student body his senior year, a member of Boys State and was voted Most Outstanding in his class. He lettered in football, baseball and track. He was captain of the football team and set the 880-yard dash state record in track.
Mike was awarded a full scholarship to play football at Georgia Tech where he played for the legendary football coach, Bobby Dodd. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management.
Following graduation, Mike entered the Army infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was an Airborne Ranger during the Vietnam Era and served as an instructor in the infantry school in Fort Benning, Georgia. He was hired by Eastman following his military service and advanced through a number of leadership positions. He retired in 1998 as Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. Mike then worked as President of the Wellmont Foundation from 1998 to 2001.
Mike was President of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in 1995. He served on the Board of Mayor and Alderman from 2001 to 2005. Other civic and community service positions included Chairman of the United Way of Kingsport, Vice Chair of the Economic Development Board, Vice President of Contact Concern, Chairman of the Kingsport Family YMCA, Chairman of the Tri Cities Chamber Coalition and was a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank. Mike chaired the area Georgia Tech Alumni Association and is a past Treasurer of the Tennessee Nature Conservancy.
Mike was a recipient of the Man and Boy Award of the Kingsport Boys Club, named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Kingsport Rotary Club, received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in 2004.
Mike, his wife Betty, their children and all five grandchildren are Dobyns- Bennett graduates. They have a son Michael Scott O’Neill, a daughter CeeGee O’Neill McCord, son-in-law Jeff McCord, and a special son Phillip D. Long. Grandchildren and spouses are Sam and Kayla McCord, Sean and Grace Collins, John and Lydia McCord, Joseph O’Neill and Mary Forrester, and Corey and Connie O’Neill.
CLASS OF 1963
Daniel Westmoreland, M.D.
Daniel was born to Horace Arnold and Ruth Taylor Westmoreland. He has three siblings one of which is his twin and fellow inductee, Dr. Dennis Westmoreland. Dan excelled in in academics and sports while at Dobyns-Bennett with a particular interest in baseball. He was a member of Boys State, Key Club and was President of his senior class.
As a varsity baseball player, he was known as a stellar defensive catcher and maintained one of the highest batting averages in school history. He was gregarious and aggressive, not remembering striking out during his high school career. Known for “hitting in the clutch” he was instrumental in many Dobyns-Bennett victories. Scouted heavily by Pittsburgh and Houston, he chose a pre-med curriculum at East Tennessee State University instead of pursuing a professional baseball career.
During his college years, he served as President of the sophomore and junior class. Majoring in chemistry, biology and English literature, Dan maintained a high scholastic average and entered medical school at the University of Tennessee Healthcare Science Center in 1966 on an accelerated program after his junior year.
After successfully completing medical school requirements, he received a M.D. degree in December 1969. During medical school, he worked nights as a prosecutor, performing autopsies for the pathology department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Memphis.
After a few months of general practice in West Memphis, Arkansas, Dan began an internship at Orange County Hospital (now known as Orlando Regional Medical Center) in Orlando, Florida. While in Orlando, he became interested in surgical science, but a residency was not possible due to interruption by the Vietnam War. He was quickly assigned to the dispensary at Phu Kat Air Force Base in Vietnam. While there, he practiced general medicine and minor surgery, and he frequently flew short missions with the Army’s Forward Air Control. Following a year at this Air Force Fighter Base, he was reassigned to Korat, Thailand where he spent another nine months as a general medical officer. In 1972, he accepted a residency in radiology at the David Grant Medical Center in Fairfield, California. Dan received his board certification in Diagnostic Radiology in 1975 and served as Assistant Chairman of Radiology the next year with the rank of Major.
Following an Honorable Discharge, he accepted a teaching position at the Department of Radiology in the College of Health Care Science of the University of Tennessee, Memphis. Dan served as as Assistant Professor of Radiology from 1976 through 1981. During his tenure at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, he published scientific papers and contributed to textbook publications on top of his teaching duties.
In 1981, Dan entered private practice in West Memphis, Arkansas at Crittenden County Memorial Hospital. For the next 27 years, he served as the Radiology Department Chairman. In 1988, Dan and his partner, Dr. Ian Murray of Memphis, built and opened Park Avenue Diagnostic Center in Memphis. This was a full service imaging center performing conventional Xray studies, CT exams, nuclear medical studies, ultrasound and MRI imaging. The imaging center was sold in 2006 and Dan retired from private practice. He returned to the University as a consulting assistant professor. Full retirement began in 2009.
Dan and his associate, Lou Hazel, formed Delta Depot, a storage facility and truck line in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1995.
CLASS OF 1963
Dennis Westmoreland, M.D.
Dennis was born to Horace Arnold and Ruth Taylor Westmoreland. He has three siblings one of which is his twin and fellow inductee, Dr. Daniel Westmoreland. He played basketball and baseball and was selected All Big Seven third baseman in 1962. He was a member of the Key Club, JCL, Honor Society and the Letterman Club.
Dennis attended East Tennessee State University from 1963-1964 where he received the Outstanding Freshman award, an award for Chemistry, Lambda Alpha Scholarship, Dean’s Award, Military Science award and named as a member of the Scribes Honor Society. He attended Florida Southern University from 1964-1965 on a cancer research scholarship under Boris T. Socolov.
Dennis was accepted into medical school at the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1966 and graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1969. While in medical school, he was involved in research of gastric secretions and renal transplantation under Dr. Lewis Britt. He performed his medical internship at Kuakini Hospital and Home in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was selected intern of the year in 1970. While in Hawaii, he married his wife, Barbara Williams Westmoreland. He has a license to practice medicine in Tennessee, Hawaii, and Mississippi.
Upon returning to the mainland, he practiced Family Medicine in Newport, TN at Valentine-Schultz clinic. He was then drafted into the Air Force and moved his family to Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, LA. While serving his country, he was Chief of General Medicine and Chief of Family Practice. He also received special recognition from all the non-commissioned officers for performance of duties. Dennis was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.
He then returned to Memphis for a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. There he was Chief Resident for 1.5 of his 3 year program. He was Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology in 1976.
Dennis returned to Kingsport and practiced Diagnostic Radiology at Indian Path Hospital for 30 years. While working at Indian Path, he was on the ground floor in the development of Modern Day imaging (Ultrasound, CAT scans, MRI, PET and nuclear medicine) as well as other invasive and catheter procedures. At Indian Path, he held positions of Chief of Staff, President of the Executive Committee and Chief of Diagnostic Radiology.
Dennis is now retired and enjoys golf, pocket billiards, hunting, fishing, playing cards, movies, and reading. He is a long time member of the Outdoorsman, Inc. and was awarded the Conservationist of the Year by the Tennessee Conservation League.