Another annual event has been impacted by the coronavirus (did you know COV-19 is short for coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19?)

According to a news release put out by Shannon Allen, the sports editor of The Sand Mountain Reporter, the Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet has been postponed from its original June 6 date until Saturday, Aug. 1, at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. 

Any tickets that have already been pur-chased will transfer to that date and will be good for the Aug. 1 banquet. 

This affects several folks and their families, including 2020 inductee Drew Guess, a former Arab football star.

Others in the 2020 induction class are Alex Beason, Albertville, basketball; Ken Gillilan, Albertville, football; Dennis Hicks (deceased), Boaz/Albertville, football and administration;

Miranda Keller McCoy, DAR/Guntersville, basketball; Greg Bonds, Douglas, basketball and administration; Rick Moody, Guntersville, basketball; and William Battle Jr. (deceased), Snead State, coaching and administration.

Battle is the father of Bill Battle, the former Alabama athletics director.

This is the 19th induction class of the MCSHOF, which enshrined its first group of inductees in 2002. The eight new inductees increase membership in the hall of fame to 176.

• Personal condolences go out to the family of Ronald “Ron” Harris, who died Monday morning. Unfortunately, because of the current state of affairs in this country, only family members could attend his services this week.

But I’m thinking of them, nonetheless.

I always found Ron to be on the quiet side. The joke was he lived with four women, so he rarely got a word in edgewise. But when he did talk, he always had something to say.

It was because of Ron Harris that several Alabama natives – many of them his friends – returned to the state to work at Redstone Arsenal. Several eventually made Arab their home.

That included my family. Our families have remained close ever since.

His widow, Sara, and my mother have been friends for more than 60 years. Many a time I’ve called my mom early in the morning only to get a busy signal. I know who she’s talking to. I don’t even have to ask.

Ron and Sara’s daughter, Vicki, is perhaps my oldest friend in the world. We were born about a year apart at the Mobile Infirmary. I haven’t talked to her enough recently. That’s my fault.

Older sister Richi and younger sister Kerri are friends also, but Vicki was closer to my age. We even hosted a dance together at the old Arab Country Club many years ago. I have the photos to prove it.

I hope to see her and old friend Mark Holley at some point this week.

Ron was a great guy – and an Auburn fan (I saw the 1989 Iron Bowl at Auburn because of the Harris family; yes, I played nice sitting near him during that game, and so did he).

Ron was a class act, through and through. I know his extended family will miss him.

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