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I Was a Good Sport About Missing Band

What sports did you play in high school?

 

We lived in Aldine my freshman year. It was all ‘out in the country’ and was really a rural school back then. Up until that year, my school Extra-curricular activities had been:

1. Band
2. Choir
3. Basketball

At Aldine, I began playing football, was on the golf team, and continued playing basketball.

We moved to Haynesville, La. between my freshman and sophomore year. I wanted to continue playing football, but they wouldn’t allow you to play in the band and play football, so I had to make a choice, and I chose football.   So, in answer to your question….10th, 11th, 12th grades:

All as a varsity athlete….
1. Football (all-district senior year)
2. Basketball 
3. Golf (state finalist jr. and sr. year)
4. Track (discus and shot put)

My best distance in discus was the Claiborne Parish record for over 25 years.  It was 189 feet,if memory serves me correctly.

In my senior year, after football season was over, the band director asked me to join up with the band again. I did….and in the annual spring band concert, I was the trombone soloist, which was quite an honor, and something that’s been very special to me–especially since I’d not been able to take band for 2 ½ years.

My Sunday Drives Aren’t in the Fairway

How did you decide to preach?

 

From my junior high years all the way through my sophomore year in college, all I had ever dreamed of doing was to be a professional golfer. Growing up as the ‘baby brother’ with three older brothers–and being very competitive by my nature already–my most exciting times emotionally were those times (starting at age 14) when I would beat, out-putt, and out-drive my three brothers and my Daddy. Thus, I felt sure I could make it as professional golfer.   When I was a senior in high school, I was offered an apprenticeship by the Spalding sporting goods company, which was quite an honor.  That was back in 1958, when many athletes the company thought might be successful were lured into such programs in order to “have the right to their autographs and endorsements” when they did succeed.  It was a pretty heady experience for a very competitive 17 year-old kid. When my dad was taking me to college at SFA in Nacogdoches in 1959 (I’d been offered a book & tuition scholarship there to pursue my 2nd passion which was football, another story by itself), we were talking about my golf plans, and Daddy teared up. When I pressed him about why he was crying, he said, “Son, golf pros make their living on events which culminate on Sunday afternoons, and I can’t imagine one of my sons doing that instead of being in the Lord’s house on the Lord’s day.”

That was probably one strong contributing factor (along with several others) in my decision to give my life to preaching….I’d never seen my dad cry before. Without going into all the details of the next two years, we come to 1961. My brother, RJ, who preached in Madisonville, came to visit Mom and Dad in August of that year.   I don’t know if my folks were in on it or not, but after a great visit (including some golf), RJ said, “Nier, why don’t you come to Madisonville and live with us, go to college at Sam Houston in Huntsville, and maybe you could help me preach at a little church called Mt. Tabor north of town….and…..he threw in the real bait, “There’s a couple of real precious girls I’d like for you to meet–one’s a blonde, and the other a brunette”. That pretty much ‘sealed the deal’.

I came to Madisonville on Aug. 20, 1961, preached my first sermon that morning at Mt. Tabor, then back to North Madison where I met a beautiful young lady in a red dress with beautiful long black hair. I made it my mission to get her to marry me…..and…..I’ve been preaching ever since!  :)).  

I believe God was in it all the way! One precious daughter, three precious sons, and twelve glorious grandchildren are all proof that God called me to Madisonville.

 

Football Teed Me Off!

When you were a little boy, what did you want to be when you grew up?

 

6_fbgolfballAs a little boy, my dream was fueled by the golf matches at Thanksgiving between my Dad and my older brothers.   I first just dreamed of being able to  compete with them…then at about the age of fourteen, that dream came true…and I beat my dad and all three brothers in their annual “Thanksgiving Tournament!”

I went on to play golf as a freshman at Aldine Junior High School, and then when we moved to Haynesville, Louisiana, I played three years as member of the Haynesville Golden Tornadoes…lettering in both golf and football.

Being so very competitive, I thought that I wanted to go to college on a football scholarship, and that’s how I wound up at Stephen F. Austin at Nacogdoches, Texas in 1959.   About four games into the season, I realized that I was not going to go anywhere in football.   That’s when I turned back to my first love–GOLF!

In 1960, Dad and Mom moved to San Antonio, and I moved home to be with them with the dream of playing golf for SAJC. (San Antonio Junior College).  I not only made the team, but our team won the Texas Junior College Championship with me as the team captain, convincing me that my future was in golf.

The next step for me was to find a four year college where I could pursue my dreams in golf. In 1961, my brother RJ was preaching in Madisonville, and he invited me to come live with him and his family and enroll in Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  I came to live with RJ on August 20, 1961, and on that day my life and my dreams were forevermore changed!   I met a young lady named Betty Jo Farris…and the rest is history.

Note:  I found it interesting that yesterday (February 13,  2014), I received an invitation from Kenny Bounds wanting me to play in the 2nd annual Madisonville High School Invitational Tournament at Raven’s Nest Golf Course in Huntsville.  It’s been 5 years since I’ve even played golf…The Legacy Lives On!!