Old Timers tap Johnson and Woodard
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The Old Timers Hall of Fame will be adding Avery Johnson Sr. and Dale Woodard to its members on March 14 at the annual Old Timers Hall of Fame Banquet.

The banquet will be held at 6:30 pm. at the Museum Center at Five Points.

The Old Timers Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Cleveland Recreation Department.

Johnson is being inducted in the special category. Woodard’s induction is in the athletic director category.

Two inductees already announced are Earl Wayne Rowan, coach, and Ray Haulk, official.


Johnson is a native of Cleveland. He was a 1960 honor graduate of College Hill High School.

Johnson noted he played football three years. “I ran fullback on offense, right guard on defense and marched in the band at halftime in my football uniform.

“My best game of offense was against Rockwood High School my senior year. I ran for 156 yards against Rockwood, with my longest run 85 yards.”

In high school he served as president of the Student Council, editor of the class yearbook, vice president of the Youth for Christ Club, and business manager for senior class.

After graduation, Johnson worked as short-order cook for Flavis and Dottie Casson at the Morristown Country Club.

He was working with his dad, Charlie W. Johnson, when he moved back to Cleveland in June 1961. He went to work for Magic Chef Inc.

For 43 years, Johnson worked for Magic Chef/Maytag Corp. as a grinder, molder, supervisor, general foreman, warehouse manager and team process coordinator.

Retired from Maytag for eight years, Johnson is now serving on the City Council representing District 3. He is also serving as vice mayor.

He has serve as past president of Cleveland Toastmaster Club, Cleveland Evening Lion’s Club, Gideon’s South Camp and 100 Black Men of Bradley County.

He has served on board for the American Red Cross, Blood Assurance, United Way Budget and allocation Committee, City School Board of Eduction, Museum Trustee Board, Economic Development Council, Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland Planning Commission, NAACP Industry and Labor Committee, Maytag National Management Association, Bradley-Cleveland Community Service, Housing Board and the Human Relations Council for the city of Cleveland.

He attended Cleveland State Community College. He received a certificate of Local Government and Leadership from MTAS at University of Tennessee and completed management and team process facilitation training at MTSU.


Woodard is a 1967 graduate of Camden High School in Camden.

He was a four-year starter in football, basketball and ran track for the Camden Lions. He was all-district, all-region and all West Tennessee in football his junior and senior seasons. He was All State TSSAA All Star Team and Pepsi Cola High School All American honorable mention his senior year.

In 1967, Woodard attended Tennessee Technological University on a football scholarships. He was the Golden Eagles fullback until 1971.

While at Tech, Woodward met his wife of 45 years, Debby.

He began his 32-year career locally as a teacher and coach at Cleveland High School in 1972. He worked under the tutelage of Bobby Scott and Chuck Condo as a freshman football coach and basketball coach.

In 1975, he move to Bradley Central High School to work with Louie Alford. During his tenure at Bradley, Woodard served as an assistant coach in football, track and wrestling. He was one of the 1976 State Championship football team coaches.

In 1980, he returned to Camden to serve as head football coach.

In 1982, he returned to BCHS to join Bill Robertson and his staff. Alford returned in 1990 and Woodard joined the Alford staff a second time.

In 1996, Woodard was promoted to assistant principal and athletic director. During his time as A.D., the athletic department added a field house for football and wrestling, a soccer field and resurfaced the track.

He retired from BCHS in 2002.