BARBERTON — The city is welcoming five new members onto its Walk of Fame — including the man who led the charge in the early 1930s to change the school district's color from brown to its signature purple.

Mayor Bill Judge noted that this year's class is geared more toward community service.

The city will host the induction ceremony at 588 W. Tuscarawas Ave. in front of the Lake 8 Movies Theatre at 5 p.m. Friday when the new Walk of Fame panels will be unveiled.

The inductees are:

• Robert Carson: He was known as the "Voice of the Magics" and was the driving force behind the school district's purple color. He served as mayor from 1952 to 1954. He was inducted into the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. He died in 1995 at the age of 81.

• Kenneth Jack Greynolds: He was one of the most successful boys basketball coaches in local history. He had a 549-121 record in 29 years at Revere (1957-69) and Barberton (1969-78 and 1980-87). His most memorable teams were the ones at Barberton that won a Division I state championship in 1976 and finished second in 1977. He died in 2005 at the age of 73.

• William H. Mobley: A 1959 graduate of Barberton High School, he went on to serve as president of Texas A&M University from 1988 to 1993.

• George Morgan: He was a country music legend, with his song "Candy Kisses" hitting No. 1 on the country charts in 1947 and selling more than 1 million copies. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. He died in 1975 at age 50.

• Dr. Raymond J. Suppan: He is a surgeon, author and inventor of surgical procedures and instruments. He received the Podiatry Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and was inducted into the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame Society in 2007.

"I think it's a good representation of what Barbertonians have done throughout their life," Judge said. "And part of this is to teach the youth of Barberton that you can be from Barberton and do amazing things."

Barberton launched the Walk of Fame in 2016. The latest inductees will join 13 other members. The inductees were chosen by a citizens committee that times its announcement to coincide with the annual Mum Fest, a Barberton festival that takes place around Lake Anna this weekend.

 

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