Four to be inducted into J.I. Burton Hall of Fame in October

Kevin Mays • Jun 5, 2019 at 9:06 PM

Four individuals have been named to the 2019 class of the J.I. Burton Hall of Fame.

The inductees are Robert Raines, Glenwood “Boo” Sensabaugh Jr., the late Susan Lawson Fore and the late Samuel “Sam” Dixon.

The quartet of inductees will be honored at the J.I. Burton Hall of Fame Night football game on Friday, Oct. 4, when the Raiders host Eastside.

The official induction ceremony and banquet will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5.


Robert Raines lettered in football for four years, 1955-58, and was a member of the 1958 District 8 championship team.

In addition, he was president of his class for three years, president of the school’s Key Club and Monogram Club.

Raines is also a graduate of UVa-Wise and East Tennessee State University.

Professional and community service recognition has followed Raines throughout his life.

He served as Norton mayor from 1990-2008. During that time, the city saw growth in several areas.


Glenwood “Boo” Sensabaugh was a three-sport star at Burton, lettering for four years in football, basketball and track.

Sensabaugh was an all-state football performer in 1994 and signed to play at the NCAA Division I level with West Virginia University.

At West Virginia, he became one of only 12 players in school history to win the prestigious Iron Mountaineer Award for two years, 1998 and ’99.

During his time at West Virginia, he led the Big East Conference in interceptions returned for a touchdown and was ranked sixth in the NCAA.

Sensabaugh holds the Burton school record for rushing yards.

In 1994, he went into the Burton record book again for most touchdowns in a season with 32. He had a total of 62 touchdowns in his career as a Raider, another Burton record.

He holds another Burton record for most touchdowns scored in a single game with six.

He graduated from West Virginia University in 2000.

Sensabaugh has dedicated countless hours volunteering his time as a youth coach in football, basketball and softball.


The late Susan Lawson Fore, the daughter of J.I. Burton Hall of Fame member and Burton coaching legend Sam Lawson, spent too many hours to number volunteering time to numerous local projects.

Fore passed away last year.

She was a teacher in the Norton city school system for 39 years (1973-2012) where she taught middle school math for most of her career.

She was named Norton City Schools teacher of the year for the 1992-93 school year.

The 2016-17 senior class of J.I. Burton named her their most inspiring teacher for the inspiration she provided them during their elementary years.

The Norton Elementary/Middle School basketball court is named in her honor.

During her lifetime, she used her gifts to help others, including being active in the Boy Scouts program, being active in the Norton Little League and a softball coach, being a co-organizer and charter member of the Norton Youth football program and a founding member of the Church of the Good Shepard.

Fore was a charter member and one of most active members of the J.I. Burton Hall of Fame Committee. She spent several hours raising funds for the committee.


Samuel “Sam” Dixon dropped out of school in 1943 during World War II and attempted to enlist in the U.S. Air Corps, but he was denied admission to the corps because of color blindness.

Dixon did serve in the military, however, after he was drafted by the U.S. Army. He served with great distinction from 1943-1945. He was discharged from the Army due to battlefield injuries.

He returned to Norton High School after his discharge and later earned his GED.

Two days following his discharge from the Army on Sept. 29, 1945, he played quarterback for Norhi, the predecessor to Burton.

He was class president at Norhi in both 1942 and 1945 and played football at the school in 1942 and 1945, as well as basketball in 1942 and 1946.

Dixon then attended Emory & Henry College, where he received a bachelor’s degree before earning a master’s degree at East Tennessee State University.

Lawson played basketball at Emory & Henry from 1947 to 1950 and was inducted into the Wasps Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

His teaching/coaching career spanned 35 years. He coached at seven different high schools in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, including East Stone Gap High School, Appalachia High School, George Washington High School in Alexandria, Hammond High School in Alexandria, Christiana High School in Neward, Delaware, Landsdowne High School in Baltimore County, Md., and Dundalk High School in Baltimore County, Md.

His coaching career included more than 500 wins in basketball. He also had more than 100 wins as a prep football coach and served as a track, baseball and tennis coach with several district championships.

In 1992, Dixon was ranked 12th nationally in his age group by the U.S. Tennis Association.

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