The Polk County High School Hall of Fame inducted three new members during the Polk County Alumni Association’s 95th annual banquet in June.
Inductees were Larry G. Davis and Dave Milen. Margaret Poe Trotter was inducted posthumously.
MARGARET POE TROTTER
Trotter was a member of the Polk County class of 1940. A resident of Caney Creek, she was president of her freshman and sophomore classes. She acted as the lead in the senior play and was winner of the local and regional speech competitions.
While at PCHS, Trotter was active in home economics, and the Beta and Latin clubs. Along with her brother, Ed, she was voted “Most Courteous.”
After college and marriage, she returned to Polk County High to teach for 10 years. She taught English, speech and Spanish and served as the school’s librarian.
She sponsored the junior class, their banquets and plays, and was a sponsor of the yearbook.
She taught for more than 30 years.
A lifelong resident of Polk County, Milen was a member of the PCHS class of 1963.
He spent four years in the U.S. Navy.
Milen worked for 37 years for the Norfolk/Southern Railroad. He commuted 95 miles per day so he could work with Norfolk and live in the county he loved.
He coached Dixie Youth baseball for nine years, was president of the Polk County Little League for three years and coached Little League Football for several years.
He served as president of the PCHS Athletic boosters for two years.
He was elected president of the Benton Lions Club and worshipful master of the Ocoee Masonic Lodge. He is a 32nd Degree Mason.
He was elected county commissioner in the 1st District for four terms for a total of 16 years. During these years he promoted the building of the new Polk County High School and the “state of the art” Justice Center.
He has been elected to the Volunteer Electric Cooperative board of directors.
Milen has served as a deacon of his church, which is now First Baptist of Benton. He is an alternate Sunday school teacher for the “Scrap Iron” men’s class. He has served in R.A.’s, Brotherhood, and is now on the “Happy Hearts” team.
He has been married to Daphne, who is also a PCHS alumni, for 48 years. He has two children, who are also alumni of PCHS, and several grandchildren who are active in the school system.
larry g. davis
Davis has been a resident of Polk County since age 5. He graduated from PCHS in 1962,
While at PCHS, he played eight of the 11 positions in the single-wing formation of football team in his sophomore year. He wanted to be a football coach.
He attended Middle Tennessee State University, where he majored in health, physical education and recreation.
After graduation from MTSU, he took a job as coach at Copper Basin High School. He was then offered the head coaching position at PCHS.
During his 27 years as head coach at PCHS, he had three losing seasons.
He believed in conditioning, hard work and a good mental attitude. During these 27 years, he only had one or two assistant coaches, but he still had many outstanding teams, with several going to district and regional play-offs.
In 1981, he moved in a different direction; however, he missed the students. When the fall season returned, he stepped back into the football field.
In his 40 or so years, as head coach and now assistant coach, he has helped shape the lives of 2,000 young men.
When the new high school and sports complex were built, the football field and field house buildings were given his name.
He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children and five grand children.