- Charles Greenhill
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Memories of Charles Greenhill
On December 12, 1983, one week after being named Metro Conference Coach of the year, Rex Dockery, assistant coach Chris Faros, freshman defensive back Charles Greenhill and Highland Hundred member Glen Jones were killed in an airplane crash while enroute to attend the Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Quarterback Club Awards Banquet.
Dockery was brought to Memphis State by former President Thomas Carpenter in 1980 from Texas Tech University, where he was named the 1978 Southwest Conference Coach of the Year by AP and UPI and Senior College Coach of the Year and American Football Coaches District VII Coach of the Year. After consecutive 1-10 seasons, the 1983 squad compiled a 6-4-1 record including wins over Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Louisville. After the victory at Louisville to end the season, Dockery kept a season long promise and lead the entire coaching staff in gasser drills on the ice covered Astroturf at Cardinal stadium. After the 1983 season, Memphis State was named second most improved team in the nation by the NCAA. The season prior to Dockery's arrival, the Tigers averaged 23,850 per game. The Tigers averaged 36,734 in 1983, which led the nation in increased attendance.
Dockery turned on the city with his determination, personality and perseverance, and did what many people said was impossible, build a wall around the city. Charles Greenhill was the best example of that. Greenhill was considered one of the finest players to ever come out of Memphis. He was named the 1982 top high school player in the state. He was 1st team Associated Press and UPI All State selection, was voted Mr. Tennessee football, named the Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club Player of the Year, was named to the 1982 Addidas All - American Team and named to the top 25 high school players in the country by the Memphis Press Scimitar. His arrival was a signal to local players that a new day had arrived. Said George Lapides, then editor of the Press Scimitar "Rex was about to turn a 'have not' into a have. He was in the process of beating the odds.
Dockery was survived by his wife Wallene, who compiled a book of antedotes about her husband entitled "Only as One - The Words and Wisdom of Rex Dockery" in 1985 and his sons Trey and Dee.
Chris Faros was promoted to Offensive Coordinator for the 1983 season after spending the previous two seasons as the Tigers defensive secondary coach. He was survived by his wife Pam and children Brian, Jill and Angie.
Rex Dockery Feb 7, 1942 - Dec 12, 1983
Chris Faros Aug 9, 1952 - Dec 12, 1983
Charles Greenhill Dec 31, 1964 - Dec 12, 1983
Glenn Jones Nov 10, 1935 - Dec 12,1983
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