We are proud to mention a name that stands out at Fleming-Neon High School. It is none other than that of our coach, Labe Gregory.
He attended grade school at Cades Cave, Tenn., and high school at Tournsville, Tenn. Later he entered Tennessee Wesleyan College to start work on his degree. He spent one year at Union University, Jackson, Tenn. He entered Davis and Elkins College at Elkin, W.Va., where he obtained his degree. He has a major in social science and a minor in English.
Coach Gregory began his instructing in 1940 at Tournsville, Tenn. This year marked the beginning of two great events in his life, one his start as an educator, two choosing his companion for life. He married the former Miss Etha Adams of Tournsville. She is a very nice person with personality and looks, who has been a great helper to the coach.
As the years go by we find our coach leading a very active life. He played professional ball for Cincinnati and has participated, in all, in 13 years of football. In 1942 he was coach at Coeburn, Va., where his boys won the Wise County championship by winning eight games and tying one.
In 1943 he entered the Navy. Returning to civilian life in 1946, he again coached at Coeburn, Va. In 1947 he came to Fleming High School.
He found things in bad condition at Fleming. He has worked very hard to improve our high school’s physical education department and to form a wonderful football team. He is well liked by all his boys, who work right with him. Our team is one of the best small teams in the county.
We all are very proud of our coach and hope he will continue to stay at Fleming- Neon High School. This year, to further inspire coach in his ambition, he became the father of a very cute baby girl, Patricia Gail.
Coach Gregory has one ambition he hopes to reach someday, that is to coach at Southern California. May the best of luck be with him as the years go on.
(The above article from the November 10, 1949 Mountain Eagle.)