The pictures are as represented in the Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth, Virginia yearbook or annual of the year indicated on the page. The Memory pictures may not be complete and pictures and names may have been removed by request of the person involved. Also, it does not offically indicate the year of graduation and/or that the party in question graduated. This section of the website is dedicated to the memories of all alumni and are found in personal items that alumni have saved and were kind enough to allow it to be shared with others. Thank You. If you are not represented in your class, or have other pictures for the memories section you may submit a photo to be added. John “Eddie” Lee ’68.
Row 1: Tommie Rice, Jerry Peaks, Edward Roberson, "Scrappie" Hughes, Benny Hadnot, Harvey James, Robert Baker, Wayne Redmon, Richard Sorrell, Bobby Coleman. Row 2: Donald Bradley, Robert Settle, Frank Culpepper, Bernard Doleman, Robert Bartlett-eo-captain, Larry Davis-eo-captain, Jimmy Matusiak, Mike Martin, Richard Vincent, Tommy Matusiak, Al Harmon, John Kern. Row 3: Coach Howard Beale, Coach Jim Paine, David Moody, Scott Rhodes, John Nobrega, Chris Doyle, Donald Langston, J. B. Edwards, Ray Reinholz, Eddie Johnson, Ralph Gahagan-head coach. Row 4: Tommy Foxworth, Ronnie McEwen, Linwood Strong, Chester Forrester, Ronnie Baker, Donald Powell
One Loss, Tie, Mar Outstanding Season
Coaches Gahagan, Paine, and Beale in their regular pre-practice session
Co-captain Davis breaks through welcome sign beforethe
Homecoming game to the delight (?) of head cheerleaders
Dianne Dickinson and Judy Miller
1963 Season Record
Wilson 27 -----------
Wilson 20 --------
Wilson 41 -----------------
Wilson 39 --------------
Wilson 27 -------------
Wilson 14 -------------------
Wilson 41 ----------------
Oscar Smith 13
Newport News 7
Princess Anne 17
Culpepper (32) plunges for his fourth score against Cradock. Frank went on to score 43 points for the night and nailed down the state individual scoring title. Others inthe picture include J.B. Edwards (60), Baker (22), Jim Matusiak (52), and Davis (15).
WILSON 27 - OSCAR SMITH 13
The Wilson Presidents opened the season with a tremendous display of ground power in overwhelming Smith, 27-13.Before an overflow crowd of 7,000, the Prexies took the opening kickoff and drove 83 yards to paydirt. The scorecame on a 5 yard blast off right tackle by fullback Frank Culpepper. After receiving a Smith punt on the Tiger 46, the Presidents, ably directed by quarterback Larry Davis, drove to the Smith three, and two plays later "Big Frank" bulled over for the touchdown. Halfback Ronnie Baker went over for the extra point, and the score stood Wilson
14 - Smith 0.
The third TD was set up by a Davis interception. With time running out, Wilson took to the air, and David Moody made a leaping catch of a Davis aerial in the end zone. At halftime the Prexies had built up a 21-0 lead, and had allowed the Tigers only one first down. On the second half kickoff the Presidents recovered a Smi th fumble and went 40 yards for the fourth score. Baker scampered 12 yards for the marker to increase the lead to 27-0. With substitutes playing in the 4th quarter, both Smith scores came in the last five minutes. The first touchdown came on an 80 yard punt return by Herman Perry. The second six-pointer came on a pass from Leigh Phelps to Perry, 16 yards away in the end zone.
This was the first Wilson victory over Smith since 1957.Even though the Wilson eleven entered the contest as the underdog, it showed great potential, and left the Smith fans shaking their heads. A fine team effort was evidenced, but the play of backs Davis and Culpepper and linemen Moody, Harvey James, Bernie Doleman, and J.B. Edwards was note-worthy. For his fine play, Moody was named Wilson
"Athlete of the Month."
It took three Smith tacklers to bring the hard-running Culpepper down on this play.
Davis picks up yardage with one of his many roll-out patterns against Princess Anne.
Baker (22) stiffaims would-be Norview tackler to pick up extra yardage.
WILSON 20 - NEWPORT NEWS 7
The Newport News Typhoon was blown out to sea bythe offensive attack of the Presidents. The Wilson attack was engineered by four-year quarterback Larry Davis and fullback Frank Culpepper. Key fumble recoveries by David Moody and Harvey James, combined with pass interceptions, led Wilson to victory.
The first Wilson score came on a 62-yard drive which ended when Culpepper blasted over from the one. The key play in this series was a 23-yard pass from Davis to Moody, and the score at halftime was 7-0. Early in the second half, after a Moody recovery of a Typhoon fumble, the Prexies pushed ahead 14-0. Following a 14-yard pass to Moody, Davis lofted an aerial bomb which was snared by James as he was striding into the end zone.
Newport News was frustrated by its own mistakes the entire game. Its tally came on an electrifying kickoff return for 82 yards by Mike Barnes early in the fourth quarter. Wilson's final score came on an Ll-play march during which Culpepper carried the pigskin 8 times. The drive was set in motion by a re-covery of a fumble by James on the 47-yard line.
Culpepper and Davis again sparked the team, and the line play was excellent. Standouts included tackles J.B. Edwards and Bernard Doleman, and a quartet of rugged ends; Moody, James, Al Harmon, and Scott Rhodes.
FRANK "BULL" CULPEPPER
RONN IE McEWEN
WILSON 41 - NORVIEW 7
In an awesome display of ground power before 5,000
spectators, the Presidents rolled over Norview for their third consecutive triumph, 41-7. This was their first home game.
The Presidents drove 51 yards in the opening minutes of the game, and Larry Davis then took off for 17 yards and the first score, Frank Culpepper carried for the extra point, and the Prexies were in front 7-0. A 27-yard pass from Davis to Harvey James set up the second touchdown, and Culpepper again bulled over from the one. A Scott Rhodes recovery of a Norview fumble led to the third marker which came when Eddie Johnson snared a 14-yard Davis pass.
In the second quarter, Norview crossed the Wilson goal for its only score. Brent Coltrain passed to Ronnie Spruill for 49 yards. Two plays later, halfback Buddy Smith dashed three yards into paydirt to make the halftime score 20-7.
Early in the third period Davis capped a seven play, 65 yard march as he faked a handoff and scampered 20 yards for the score.
A blocked punt by Robert Bartlett set up Wilson's fifth touchdown. Davis passed 32 yards to James who was brought down on the Norview four. Culpepper plunged over from the two, and then added the extra point.
The final score was set up by a pass interception. Culpepper again crashed over for the tally from 7-yards out, and Ronnie Baker ran for the extra point.
The Wilson eleven remained the only unbeaten, untied team in the Eastern District after this victory.
Davis and Culpepper again turned in fine performances. Line play was stellar, with Bartlett, Al Harmon, Rhodes, and J.B. Edwards turning in commendable performances.
Culpepper (32) dives for short yardage against Maury.
WILSON 39 - FERGUSON 19
The Presidents walloped Ferguson 39-19 to the delight of some 6500 homecoming fans in Frank D. Lawrence Stadium. The team put on a dazzling display of air and ground power for the members of the classes of 37 1/2-38, and the members of the 1937 football team who were also rough and tough in their day.
Scoring every time they had possession of the pigskin III the first half, the Prexies rolled up a 33-0 halftime lead.
The first score came on a 44-yard dash by quarterback Larry Davis, which was one of the finest broken field runs came on a 16-yard pass from Davis to halfback Eddie Johnson, who scampered over the goal line for the six points. Frank Culpepper tallied twice on one-yard plunges, and Davis tossed a pass to end Scott Rhodes to close out the first half scoring.
With substitutes playing most of the second half, Ferguson, fought back to score three touchdowns. The Marriners were sparked by the passing of quarterback David Stroyan and the running of fullback Bob Scharnus.
A Davis aerial hit Ronnie Baker in the end zone for the final Wilson marker.
Offensively, the Prexies sparkled. The fine running of halfbacks Ronnie Baker and Johnson took some of the load off the shoulders of Davis and Culpepper, who played their usual good games. The line, led by guards Robert Bartlett and Ronnie McEwen, opened gaping holes in the Ferguson line.
Defensively, the entire line excelled. J.B. Edwards, Al Harmon, a nd Bernard Doleman were praised for their performances, Rhodes turned in his best game to date, and Harvey James was a standout until injured in the second half.
WILSON 7 - HAMPTON 7
The Hampton Crabbers scored in the final 30 seconds of the game to tie favored Wilson 7-7.
During the first quarter, the Presidents were unable to score with the ease that they had done in the past, and were forced to stop Hampton's offensive thrusts. The Prexies got a break in the second quarter when David McKnight fumbled a Donald Powell punt on the Hampton 10. Larry Davis, who had been bottled up by Hampton's big line throughout the game, passed to David Moody who made a leaping catch
in the end zone on the first play from scrimmage. Before the half ended, the Crabbers threatened with a first down on the Wilson 5 yard line. The Prexies stiffened, coming up with a tremendous goal line stand.
The Wilson eleven came roaring back in the third quarter to overpower the Crabbers, but beset by several costly penalties, the locals were thwarted on several scoring drives. With only two minutes remaining, Hampton took possession of the pigskin on their own 28. A series of short passes and a IS-yard penalty, brought the ball to the Wilson 24. The tally came on a razzle-dazzle play which caught the defenders completely by surprise. Quarterback John Pabst threw to halfback David McKnight in the flat, who then passed to end Larry Herman as heraninto the end zone all
alone. Pabst kicked the extra point for the 7-7 tie.
Wilson saw its chances for a state championship fade with the tie, but nothing should be taken away from the Crabbers, who came up with a fine performance.
Frank Culpepper turned in an inspiring performance from his fullback position, gaining 103 yards in 19 carries. The entire Wilson squad came up with a sterling performance in the toughest game to date.
Three Ferguson defenders are left behind as Davis (15)
scampers for good yardage.
RONN IE BAKER
A host of Hampton linemen close in on Culpepper (32) after a short gain. Bartlett (64) comes up too late to help
WILSON 27 - CHURCHLAND 7
A Woodrow Wilson eleven played in Trucker Stadium for the first time, and came away with a 27-7 victory. An overflow crowd of 8000 viewed the contest, most of which was played in a dense fog.
The first score came in the second quarter on a 30-yard pass from Quarterback Larry Davis to end David Moody, who came from nowhere to make a brilliant diving catch in the end zone. The conversion attempt failed, and the half ended with the Presidents holding a 6-0 lead.
Midway in the third quarter, the crowd was electrified by a 70-yard touchdown gallop by Churchland's Kenny Currie. Tommy Dickens booted the extra point, and the Truckers enj oyed a short-lived 7-6 lead.
The fired-up Prexies came roaring back to score the next three times they gained possession of the pigskin.
The first tally came on an 80-yard march climaxed by a Frank "Bull" Culpepper plunge from the one. Davis ran for the extra point, and Wilson went ahead to stay 13-7.
The second marker came on a 61-yard drive. Davis ran for nine yards, and then passed to Moody for an additional 12. Three plays later Culpepper boomed into the end zone with his second six-pointer of the evening. To end the scoring, Davis scrambled 57 yards to paydirt and another Wilson score. The offensive attack was overpowering in this struggle, with the Wilson gridders rushing for 316 yards and passing for an additional 75 yards. Davis enjoyed one of his finest nights in a Wilson uniform, running for 110 yards on 17 carries, and completing 3 out of 4 aerials. The backfield showed overall balance, with Culpepper rushing for 99 yards, and halfbacks Eddie Johnson and Ronnie Baker scampering for 61 and 43 yards respectively. The Prexie line, led by J.B. Edwards and co-captain Robert Bartlett, opened huge holes in the Trucker forward wall.
. The defensive line turned in its usual yeoman performance, and the improved Wilson
secondary played its best game to date. Defensive stars included Bernie Dolman, J.B.
Edwards, Chet Forrester, and Davis.
WILSON 14 - MAURY 7
The Maury Commodores, beaten in five of seven games, came very close to upsetting the heavily-favored Wilson eleven as they held the Prexies scoreless in the first half.
The fired-up Prexies came back in the third quarter to score on a 44-yard march. Larry Davis and Frank Culpepper led the way, with the talented Davis sneaking into the end zone from the one. The Wilson quarterback then converted, and the score stood at 7-0.
Maury's offense, which had not penetrated the Wilson 40 during the first half, came alive and moved 67 yards for the score. The running of Wayne Gibbs, Bill Zoby, and Neil Parker highlighted the drive. Gibb's passing was also effective, with Al Tarkenton, Zoby, and Parker gathering in aerials. Gibbs sneaked over for the touchdown, and then ran over for the extra point from a fake kicking position.
With less than five minutes remaining in the game and the score knotted at 7-7, the Prexies had the pigskin on the Maury 37. Davis rolled out to his left and scampered all the way to paydirt. Seven Maury defenders had a shot at him as he reeled off one of the finest broken-field runs seen at Lawrence Stadium in some time. "Bull" Culpepper
plunged over for the extra point.
With the Commodores threatening again, Ronnie Baker intercepted a Gibbs toss on the Wilson 30 to snuff out any Maury hopes of a tie.
Wilson was again led by its one-two punch, Davis and Culpepper. The entire defensive unit excelled, playing perhaps its finest game to date. Chet Forrester, J. B. Edwards, and Robert Bartlett were standouts. along with linebackers Harvev James and Al Harmon. Praise is also due Baker, Davis, Ronnie McEwen, and Bobby Coleman, who filled In capably for Harvey James after he was injured in the fourth quarter.
Davis (15) leaves Typhoon tacklers behind as he scampers for a touchdown which was called back because of an offside penalty. Other Wilson players include James (88), Jimmy Matusiak (52), and J.B. Edwards (60).
Johnson (45) drives for a big gain as Bartlett (64) provides a vital block
WILSON 0 - PRINCESS 17
Princess Anne dealt the Wilson eleven its first defeat of the season, 17-0. A crowd of 13,000, largest since 1946, viewed the contest at Frank D. Lawrence Stadium. The game decided the Eastern District championship.
The Cavaliers received the opening kickoff, but were forced to punt after the first series of downs. The Prexies took the pigskin and moved to the Princess Anne 16, where the PA defense stiffened. Harvey James tried to boot a field goal, but the attempt was partially blocked.
Princess Anne's first score came on an l 'l-yard pass from Buster O'Brien to ex-Wilsonite, Mike Smith. Larry Davis received' the ensuing kickoff and scampered 57 yards to the Cavalier 42, but PA's Jimmy Garrett recovered a fumble on his 25 to end the threat. With the ball on their own 42, and a fourth and 18 situation, Pete Sachon Jr., son of the
PA mentor, was sent in to punt. Instead, he passed to Craig Honour on a tackle-eligible play, and he rambled to the Wilson 19. The Presidents stiffened, and Charles Carr got set to try the field goal with O'Brien holding. When the snap was received from center, O'Brien jumped up and tossed to Johnny Gimbert who was all alone in the end zone. In the final quarter. Chuck Carr booted a field goal to end the scoring.
The Cavaliers proved that they were one of the best teams in the state. O'Brien's accurate passing tohis towering ends, 6'-4" Carr and 6'-6" Bill Bowes, was combined with the running of Al Kimball, Smith, and Bruce Wilkerson to dominate the game.
Davis was outstanding in defeat, passing for 32 yards, running back a kickoff 57 yards, and rushing for an additional 62 yards. Chet Forrester and Jim Matusiak were standouts in the line.
WILSON 41 - GRANBY 19
Presidents journeyed to Foreman Field and trounced the Granby Blue Comets 41-19, with an awesome display of air power which completely dominated the contest.
The Prexies wasted no time as Ronnie Baker returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for Wilson's first touchdown. Following a Granby punt,apassfromLarryDavis to David
Moody put the pigskin on the Wilson 47. Davis again cranked up his throwing arm and hurled a scoring aerial to end Scott Rhodes who carried it into the end zone 53 yards
away. The score was 14 to 0 after 3 minutes and 25 seconds of the first quarter. Granby came fighting back, sparked by the running of tailback Braxton Hill who went over from the 9 for the Blue Comets' first score.
Early in the second quarter, Wilson drove to the Granby two on a drive highlighted by a 20 yard pass from Davis to Moody. "Bull" Culpepper plunged for the remaining
yardage, and Wilson led 21-6 after a successful conversion. In the final drive of the half, the Wilson eleven moved to the Granby one on a series of passes and runs, and with 10 seconds remaining, Culpepper took the ball over for the marker, and the extra point was good. .
The second half began as the first ended. The Wilson eleven tallied again on a 20-yard pass from Davis to Baker, but the try for the extra point failed. Granby came
back and scored twice on two-yard runs by Hill and wingback Warren Stewart. The Presidents final score came on 41-yard ramble by Frank Culpepper. After the extra point the score remained 41-19.
The only sad note of the evening was the loss of cocaptain Robert Bartlett who sustained a fractured right leg in the fourth quarter. Bartlett played his finest game to end a three-year career. His inspired play at defensive end halted the Granby single wing. Moody and Rhodes proved to be valuable receivers, and the entire offensive line blocked commendably. Davis put on his usual good show, completing 10 of 13 passes ana rushing for an additional 85 yards. Ronnie Baker played well, and Culpepper scored 22 points to lead Wilson scorers.
WILSON 56 - CRADOCK 18
The fighting Presidents sank the Cradock Admirals 56-18, to close out the 1963 season. Wilson's 8-1-1 record was the best since the state championship team of 1954,
which finished 9-0-1.
The Admirals dominated play in the first quarter, scoring twice before Wilson tallied in the second quarter. Jack Templeton plunged over for the first score, and Ralph Geabhart passed to Buddy Pleasants to give Cradock a shortlived 12-0 lead. The Wilson juggernaut then shifted into high gear. The Presidents scored every time they received the pigskin. By alternating passes and running, Wilson went on to score 8 T.D's. "Bull" Culpepper scored twice on short plunges, and Wilson had a 14-12 halftime lead. Ronnie Baker returned a Cradock punt 55 yards in the third quarter;
Culpepper scored again on two short plunges, and the Prexies were devestating the Admiral defense.
Cradock broke the monotony and scored on a two yard pass from Geabhart to Pleasants to make the score 35-18. Wilson received the ensuing kick-off and continued to march, with Larry Davis scampering 28 yards for the six-pointer.
Culpepper scored the final two Wilson touchdowns on runs
of three and one yard, and when the final gun sounded,
the Wilson eleven had amassed 56 points and 4'03 yards
Culpepper scored 43 points on 6 touchdowns and 7 conversions to win the state scoring title. In his last two games he scored 65 points, and gained 135 for the season.
His 43 points set a state record for total points in one game. Davis closed his four year football career in spectacular fashion. He gained 147 yards on 20 carries, passed for
an additional 143 yards. The entire line stood out in this final contest, with David Moody, Bernie Doleman, Ronnie McEwen, and Jimmy Matusiak drawing praise from Coach Gahagan.
This game saw 16 seniors close out their gridiron careers in brilliant fashion.
All - Stars
All-State; All Eastern All-Tidewater; All Metro
All-Tidewater - honorable mention
All-State - second team;
All Eastern All-Tidewater;
All Metro - second team
J. B. EDWARDS
All-State - honorable mention; All Eastern All-Tidewater; All Metro
All Eastern - second team;
"These boys just can't do anything right!"
Equipment manager Bill Strawn and manager Lewis Huddle sur-
rounded by their crew
"Bug out, man!"
"And now Coach Gahagan will lead us in a few cheers!"
"Get me a hot dog with mustard and relish.
Coach Beale gives half-time instructions to Bernard Doleman as Scott Rhodes munches away on some ice.
"It's the half-time that's tough, Coach!"
Row 1: Lewis Huddle, David Mullins, Richard Rackley, Tommy Lewis, Garland Gifford, John Hollingsworth, Billy Staples, Bill Jones, David Ponton, Wayne Whitley. Row 2: Kenny Ford, Brad Vaughan, Joe Russell, Luther Blair, Ronnie Amstead, Spunky Perdine, Bobby Welton, Butch Hodges, Joe Watson, Ernest Crawford, Danny Perryman. Row 3: Coach Jim Klingensmith, Jerry Rivers, Tom Gray, Wayne Tarkenton, Timmy Warren, John Mercer, Sanford Richardson, James Foster, Butch Bisese, Coach Jim Sherrill. Row 4: Jerry Goney, Wayne Boone, Sam Bush, Richard Galbreath, Burt Crawford
. . . One point away
from undefeated season
Assistant coach Klingensmith and head coach Sherrill plan
the day's practice.
Mullins really takes to the air in this gainer against the Churchland Truckers.
Mullins is stopped short of the goal line by Maury defenders.
This time there was no stopping Mullins as he scores against
Perrine reels off a big chunk of yardage against Princess Anne.