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High School senior Chase Ezell (front, center) official signed to
continue his football career at Bethel University recently. Those
present for Ezell’s signing ceremony were (seated, from left)
Barbara Farlow (mother), Gleason head football coach Noah Lampkins;
(standing, from left) Bethel special teams coach Luke Roth; Gleason
principal Trish Price; and Gleason athletic director/assistant
principal Lee Lawrence.
Source: Dresden Enterprise
Bulldog Ezell (Chase)s path, Signs with Bethel
It has been said it isn’t the size of the dog
in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog that matters.
Those words are fitting for Gleason senior Chase Ezell. Listed
generously as 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds on the Bulldog football roster
during the fall, Ezell was certainly one of the smaller slot
receiver/defensive backs in District 13A. However, Ezell’s athletic
ability and explosiveness have afforded him the opportunity to take
his game to the next level as the senior signed with Bethel
University on Feb. 12.
“All my life, I’ve played a lot of sports,”
Ezell said. “I knew I wanted to play something in college, but I
didn’t know if it was going to be baseball or football. Once I got
in high school, I started to love football more and more. It became
one of my dreams my freshman year (of high school) to play at the
During his senior season at defensive back,
Ezell totaled 37 tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a
touchdown) and gave up only one TD reception while playing mostly
“Chase is a quick kid and it helps to make up
for his lack of size,” said Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins. “He
needs about one step to break on the ball and that’s something you
Chase definitely proves that size doesn’t
matter. He wasn’t afraid to tangle with bigger wide receivers and go
up for a jump ball. We weren’t afraid to put him on the other teams’
best receiver in any of our games, either.” “I believe Chase was by
far the best defensive back in our district. I feel like I have a
pretty good eye for the position having played it in college. Chase
just has that natural ability to get to the football and break plays
up. You can’t coach that at any position. I think I’ve only had one
other player with a similar skill set during my time here.”
Offensively, Ezell – a three year starter and
a three-time All-District 13A selection – rushed for 480 yards,
averaging 9.2 yards per carry with nine touchdowns and three
Ezell, who told he had been looked at as a
possible wide receiver or slot candidate at Bethel, also caught 14
passes for 157 yards with four touchdowns. Through certainly the
closest collegiate option for the Bulldog standout, Ezell told that
location was not his final deciding factor.
“Being familiar with Bethel really wasn’t the
deciding factor for me,” Ezell said. “What got me is I like all the
coaches there. I connected with the Bethel coaches more than with
any of the coaches at the other colleges.”
Bethel special teams coach Luke Roth, who
attended Ezell’s signing ceremony, said the intangibles led to the
pursuit of the Gleason star. “Chase’s explosiveness opened our
eyes,” Roth said. “He makes smart cuts when he gets downfield and
runs north and south well. Chase isn’t afraid to run into or over
somebody. His grades were a factor, as well. “Chase has a 3.2 grade
point average and is an intelligent individual. We believe that will
translate well onto the field.”
Lampkins – who starred at Lambuth after his
playing career with the Bulldogs – also believes Ezell’s style of
play and smarts will benefit him at college although there will be
”The biggest challenge for Chase that I know
of is coming from a small school where he was the most athletic kid
and into a situation where there will be more in his class like
him,” Lampkins said. “He hasn’t had other players with a similar
skill level pushing him here. Weathering the storm his first year
and finding a niche he fits into is another task he must complete. I
know he can do it, but he will have some challenges that he didn’t
have here.” Source: Dresden Enterprise.
GHS 50-year Class
Reunion - Class of 1963
class of 1963 had their 50 year class reunion on Saturday,
August 31, 2013. Members of the class participated in the
Tater Town Special parade by riding on a "Class of 1963 ~
50-year Reunion trailer. A member of the Class of '63, the
former Sandra Taylor who was the 1963 Miss. Gleason rode in a red
1963 Chevrolet Corvette owned and driven by Dale Nunnery, also a
member of the Class of 63.
reunion was held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday evening.
The festivities were also attended by several well wishers from
other Gleason High School Classes from the early to mid 1960's. A
good time was had by all!
Below is a
picture of those members of the Class who were in attendance.
Class members attending included,
pictured from left to right are:
Front Row: Carol
(Tucker) Dycus, Delois (Boane) Shaw, Kaye (Billington) Owens, Sandra
(Taylor) Johnson, Wanda (Hodges) Pritchett, Patricia (Reed) Segraves
Back Row: Robert
Smyth, Pat Dewberry, Bobbie Lou (Williams) Chandler, Janis (Hodges)
Featherstone, Jean (Burrows) Cunningham, Dale Nunnery, LeRoy
Click on the Above Link for all 50-year Reunion Pages
Gleason High School Class of 1962:
of the Class of 1962 followed up on their last
year's 2012 Tater Town 50-year reunion by having a get
together on Saturday, August 31st at at Hig's
Restaurant in McKenzie. All members of the Class of
1962 and other friends were invited.
As can be seen
from the picture below, the turn out for this follow-up was great,
with 16 Class of 62 members attending and having a good time
interacting with old classmates and other friends from Gleason
of the Class of 1962 attending included, FRONT ROW:
Joyce (Stewart) Jones, Ferrelin (Webb) Cassidy, Linda (Elinor)
Boone, Joyce (Holland) Straughn, Linda (Ray) Bevis, Lynda (Travillian)
Lankford, Barbara (Clement) White. BACK ROW: Terry Burnell, Curtis
Mayo, Bobby Langly, Ronnie Parks, Coy Segraves, Pert Pritchitt, John
Ozment, Jim Lawrence, Sammy Tilley. (Picture compliments of Linda
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Boss of Every Bulldog Hoopster
the new Gleason High School boys’ basketball coach was right under
athletic director Lee Lawrence’s nose.
–a Dresden graduate who has served as the Gleason Junior High boys’
mentor the past two seasons –took over the reins of the high school
Bulldogs last week.
addition, Leo will continue with his duties as junior high boys’
the right guy for the job for a number of reasons,” said Lawrence.
“He fit the bill of the type of person we were looking for and he
has done a good job with the junior high program. Up until two years
ago, we’d never had the high school and junior high programs split
up with two different head coaches. At the end of the day, that
experiment wasn’t a good or bad thing.
did gain some head coaching experience from it, though, and it made
him better prepared for this opportunity.”
over a Gleason program that has went a combined 6-47 during the past
two campaigns under Jamie Roney, who resigned the post in March.
26-year-old new coach admitted the path to competitiveness won’t be
an easy one.
basketball culture needs to change at Gleason,” Leo said. “I’ve
heard a lot of excuses since I’ve been here. I’ve heard that these
boys have gotten used to getting beat in the district. Or that they
live in the shadow of the girls.
comes down to is working their tails off and putting in the time
individually to become better basketball players.”
who knows Leo’s future plight all too well as a former Gleason boys’
coach, offered advice to the rookie boss.
needs to stay confident,” Lawrence said. “Gleason has to ride out
the highs of when we have a lot of kids playing and the lows of
years with slim pickings. His job is about building character with
these young men more than anything. If he can do a good job of that,
the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”
to his time as the junior high boys’ coach, Leo served as an
assistant on the high school girls’ bench during the 2012-13
the experience he has gained on the girls’ bench will help,”
Lawrence said. “Chris talks a lot with Coach (Joel) Ayers. I
remember when he first came in and was helping me. Chris wanted to
learn. He’s like a sponge, soaking up everything he can.
always asking or inquiring about different strategies and practice
tips. That’s why I know he’ll do fine. A lot of young coaches don’t
want to ask those types of questions. They want to sit in a corner
and do things their way. Chris isn’t like that.”
said that Tremaine Baltimore and Luke Hughes will return as
assistants to Leo. Source: Dresden Enterprise.
Donation Made to
High School Football Team and Gleason Library will now be able to
better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer,
Eric Owen, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow
Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win
a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their
choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas
by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the
drought this year, winning farmers in these counties were able to
direct double donations, a total of $5,000 to local organizations.
declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Owen the opportunity to
choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Owen selected
the Gleason High School Football Team and Gleason Library. New
equipment will be purchased for the football team with the donation
at Gleason High School.
will use the donation to purchase new books aimed toward youth.
is a great resource for the children of Gleason,” Owen’s wife said.
“The $2,500 donation will go a long way to our school library.”
Source: Dresden Enterprise.
Gleason Elementary Citizens of the Six-Weeks
Several elementary students from Gleason School were
recently recognized as “Citizens of the Six-Weeks” in three
categories: High Achiever Award, Character Counts Award, and
B. U. G. (Bringing Up Grades) Award. These students were
selected by their teachers for their accomplishments during
the fifth six-weeks grading period of the school year.
Winners were announced at an elementary assembly, which was
led by Principal Trish Price. Citizens of the Six-Weeks
received a certificate and an American flag, donated by
Woodmen of the World. Source: Dresden Enterprise.
Silver Award for Gleason School Cafeteria
was recently presented a Silver Award by the Tennessee Department of
Education for meeting criteria in making changes to serve healthier
foods, providing students with nutrition education, and providing
students with opportunities for physical activity.
about 100,000 schools in the United States, but only 5% of these
schools have received bronze, silver, and gold awards with 868
schools being awarded silver in the nation. Tennessee has 43 schools
in the state with silver, with only four schools in West Tennessee
in this category. Two of the schools are in Weakley County.
These two schools are Gleason School and Dresden Elementary School.
Source: Dresden Enterprise.
Gleason School Celebrates ‘Read Across
Assistant Principal, Lee Lawrence, and Gleason School
Librarian, Amy Lawrence, recently teamed up with their
five-year-old son, Luke, to celebrate “Read Across
America Day” at Gleason School. The family of three
dressed up as Thing 1, Thing 2, and the Cat in the Hat
-characters from the famous Dr. Seuss book, “The Cat in
the Hat” -to surprise elementary classes and distribute
Dr. Seuss bookmarks. Students enjoyed innovative,
educational, Dr. Seuss activities, designed by their
classroom teachers, as well. Elementary grades also
participated in a “Fox in Socks” dance party, where
physical education teacher, Jason Stephens, served as
the deejay. Mrs. Sandy’s high school “Child Life”
classes generously volunteered to decorate the library
door as a giant, life-sized “Cat in the Hat”. The
celebration of reading culminated in a showing of “The
of each year, “Read Across America Day” is celebrated in
schools across the nation to honor Dr. Seuss and to
encourage a love of reading.
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Gleason HS Class of 1962
GLEASON (September 1) Gleason High School Class
of 1962 celebrated their 50th reunion during Tater Town festivities
on September 1, 2012. Class members attending included, pictured
from left: (front row) Barbara Clement White, Lynda Travillian
Lankford, Kitty Wray Oliver, Lynda Elinor Boone, Joyce Stewart
Jones, Linda Ray Bevins, Joyce Holland Straughan, Ferrellin Webb
Cassidy and Wanda Dilday; (back row) John Ozment, Pert Pritchett,
Curtis Mayo, Jim Lawrence, Coy Segraves, Terry Bunnell, Bobby
Langley, Sam Tilley and Ronnie Parks.