D-B Alumni Association inducts six more into Hall of Fame

Rick Wagner • Oct 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM

KINGSPORT — By inducting six more Dobyns-Bennett High School graduates into the D-B Alumni Association Hall of Fame, association member Barry Walton said the group is celebrating the success and legacy of D-B and its students.

The association held its seventh annual Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center, drawing more than 100 people to share some memories and accomplishments of the six indcutees: Michael Ainslie, Class of 1961; Robyn Jarvis Askew, 1974; Dr. Locke Carter, 1954; Lois Patrick Young-Dobyns, 1954; Anne Pope, 1979;  and Fred Walton, 1963.

“We are not stuck in high school at all,” said Walton, a pharmacist and the master of ceremonies for the induction luncheons six of the event’s seven years. “We are celebrating the people who have made Dobyns-Bennett what it is.” He said he was referring to the humorous “Peaked in High School Rob Lowe” commercials for Direct TV.

Walton also mentioned the Go Fund Me page that has raised more than $13,000 for the family of Megan Clark Johnson, the daughter of D-B football coach Graham Clark. Johnson, 32, died Tuesday and leaves four young children and a husband. He said others already have donated meals in her memory and given donations to the alumni association.

The D-B Alumni Association Hall of Fame was established in 2009 and all inductees, photos and biographies can be found at the D-B Alumni Hall of Fame website at dbhs.k12k.com. The latest six members are:

* Ainslie, presented by friend Bill Greene, an all-around athlete who scored 49 points in a 1960 basketball game against Bristol, a conference records that stood until 1985. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and was elected president of the student body his junior year. He afterward was a Corning World Travel Fellowship winner and visited 39 countries around the globe to study economic development. He worked in business and industry before becoming head of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, later headed the Sotheby’s art and real estate auction company and later founded the Posse Scholars program that funds college scholarships for metropolitan youth who otherwise might not go to college. He lives in Palm Beach, Fla.

“I still tell everyone Kingsport, Tenn., is my hometown,” Ainslie said. recalling spending Saturdays with his father going throughout the region for NCR, the National Cash Register Co.,  helping small business owners.

* Askew, presented by husband Jerrry Askew in the absence of coach Clark, who nominated her, came to D-B as a sophomore from Greensboro, S.C., in 1971. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Memphis and a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She was an attorney advisor and later practicing attorney but in 1998 left law to establish a commercial real estate development firm, returning to law in 2009 and is active in civic activities and the Knoxville Bar Association. Her husband, a former UT Knoxville dean of students, works for a healthcare system in Knoxville.

She is one of seven “74 Core” from here class, a group of “D-B Wild Women” that has met each year for 19 years. She lives in Knoxville.

* Dr. Locke Carter Sr., presented by his two sons and daughter, graduated from Davidson College before going to the Emory University School of Medicine and the Army, returning to Kingsport in 1968. A cardiologist, he helped create the first coronary care unit at Holston Valley Community Hospital, where he was born, and worked to bring the Quillen College of Medicine to East Tennessee State Univeristy. He was active at Holston Valley and helped form Wellmont Health System, a merger of Holston Valley and the Bristol hospital.  He still lives in Kingsport.

Carter said when he began practicing in Kingsport, the city had 69 doctors and a community hospital. When he retired 35 years later, it had more than 300 physicians a a regional medical center. He also got to realize his dream of being where the action is at J. Fred Johnson stadium, albeit on the sidelines as the football team’s physician for many years. Barry Walton said he became a pharmacist partly because of Carter’s influence.

* Dobyns, presented by Alex Anderson, was also active in health care and at Holston Valley and started working there in 1958. “Lois Dobyns broke the glass ceiling before the term was ever used,” Anderson said of Dobyns, who worked for the hospital for 35 years and retired as assistant executive director. She got a medical technologist degree at Emory & Henry College, was the first female Kingsport Lion’s Club member and helped bring the first Suzuki violin program to Kingsport.

* Pope, presented by her former coach and teacher, Susan Perry Taylor, worked in her family’s business, the Parks-Belk Co., and with a classmate won back-to-back state tennis championships in 1978 and 1979. An attorney who graduated form Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 1986 after getting her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt, she has head the Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, was commissioner of Department of Commerce and Insurance and then was the cochairwoman of the Applachiacian Regional Commission. She also was vice president of STEM education for the Oak Ridge National laboratory and is executive director of the Tenensse Arts Commission. She lives in Nashville. 

Pope recalled a conversation tennis players had when then coach Perry about going up against private school teams. “She looked at us and said, ’Well, somebody has to win, so why not us?’ ” 

* Walton, presented by his brother, Judge John Walton, recalled his brother’s 17 years as a coach and teacher in the Kingsport City Schools, including his time as an assistant D-B football coach. He was the first former D-B student to become a coach and the winningest, although Clark became the second to do both. He lives in Kingsport. Walton headed the vocational program and was a principal, assistant principal, teach, coach and started the system’s alternative school. The master of ceremonies is Walton’s nephew.

Walton thanked former D-B football coach Tom Pugh, who was at the luncheon, for hiring him as a coach. The D-B newspaper, then the Indian Tribune, Walton’s senior year reported that his dream was to be the head D-B football coach. He was the captain of every football team for which he played: Sevier Middle, D-B, Lees-McRae College and ETSU. He lettered in football, basketball, track and baseball at D-B.