1936 Valley View
Top Row: J. E. Grey, Glen Potts, Cleo Butts, Joe Wilson, Dale Martin, Edwin Moss, James
Middle Row: Coach Hubert Brown, Willard White, Harley Lark, Jack Ward, Sherman Clifton,
Merlyn Clement, Orville Roane
Bottom Row: Robert Solomon, Wallace Godwin, C. L. McCuistion, Johnny Arnold, Jim Lowe,
J. A. Wylie, Dan Flint Jr.
Football became a athletic sport at Valley View in 1935. At that time students graduated at the
conclusion of the 11th grade. This football team played when the school was just 2 blocks north of
the town square. I am told the football field was where the old Gregory Feed Mill and Church of
Christ is now located.
There are 3 players on this team that was from Era. The explanation about this is because at that time
Era graduated students at the conclusion of the 10th grade. So these 3 boys came to Valley View for
their 11th grade year. The players from Era are; T/R #14 is J. E. Grey, M/R #10 is Merlyn Clement
and B/R #9 is J. A. Wylie.
A few years later Era did add a 11th grade and fielded a fooball team. A younger brother to Merlyn
Clement played on that team. This brother new where his brother, Merlyn, kept his Valley View
Eagle Letter Jersey and snuck into his brothers room and swiped it. Then he and other Era football
players burned it in the street at Era. This only goes to show the football feud between Valley View
and Era has been going on for a long time. You will notice in the picture that Coach Hubert Brown is
wearing a Valley View Eagle Jersey. Note: Soon after this time period Hubert Brown became the
Valley View School Superintendent.
At the 2006 X & R Banquet (Alumni Banquet) the living members present that evening were honored
that played on this team 70 years prior. Living members at the time were, C. L. McCuistion, Dan
Flint Jr., Jack Ward, J. A. Wylie, Cleo Butts. These gentleman received a framed picture of their
team. (Since that time
J. A. Wylie and Jack Ward have passed away.)
At the banquet were several descendants of the players in the picture and I attempted to say a few
words about those particular people.
In this writing I will choose to only give a brief report on Orville Roane. When these young men
graduated it would be but a short time before most would enter WWII. Orville answered the call of
his country along with 6 of his brothers. His parents during the war proudly displayed 7 silver stars in
their home window which was customary of the time. In March, 1943, one of the silver stars was
replaced with a gold one to signify a life lost. It was Orville who was co-pilot on a B-26 which
crashed on take-off in Georgetown, British Guiana, South America. He was only 24 years of age at
the time. He is buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
Norman L. Newton