The Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame was created from a vision held by Mr. Henry Kimp of a venue to recognize the
talent and sportsmanship that has been a hallmark of Jackson Parish. The hall of fame recognizes athletes, coaches and
administrators who have lived or worked in Jackson Parish and who have made a great impact in the arena of sports.
In 2008 the first meeting of a loosely formed board of the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame was held in Bobby
Culpepper’s office with Henry Kimp, Bobby Culpepper, Leslie Thompson, Nathaniel Belton and Raymond Jeffress
present. It was declared that the primary function of the Hall of Fame would be to create a memorial so that future
generations can see the individuals and their accomplishments as they have represented Jackson Parish.
In order to accomplish this goal there were formed some ideals that could be accomplished in due time. First was to
form a non-profit corporation that could be self-sustaining. This corporation has aspirations to have a building to
permanently display the honorees pictures and their accomplishments. The corporation would like to have land on which
to place a permanent facility that would be an asset to the parish where residents and others could visit. There would be
articles of incorporation and by-laws instituted to secure the efficient and perpetual operation of the hall of fame.
These articles of incorporation and by-laws would insure that there would be no individual, individuals or any
external entities that would profit from the corporation. There would be no paid positions with the hall and all monies
donated or earned would be strictly for the furtherance of the corporation.
From its humble beginnings in 2008 the Jackson Parish Sports Hall Of Fame hosted its inaugural inductee banquet
Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the Jonesboro First Baptist Church Family Life Center. The board members serving at that
time were: President, Henry Kimp; Vice-President, Bobby Culpepper; Chairman of Finance, Bishop Kelvin Stewart;
Secretary-Treasurer, Angela Lee; Public Relations, Raymond ‘Doc’ Jeffress; Board Members, Ira Reeves, Leslie Thompson
and Buster Cotton. A complete copy of each years banquet program is included on this web site for your enjoyment.
The corporation has tweaked and refined itself with the operations of the hall and it now has an expanded board of
twelve members consisting of six officers and six additional board members. Beginning at the 2011 banquet the hall
began recognizing the outstanding male and female athlete from each school in the parish. As you look at the Jackson
Parish Sports Hall Of Fame inductees you will find a varied but well-accomplished group that has not only excelled
in their sport careers but in life also.