DeKalb County (Alabama) Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2005

Bouldin Gary Bouldin
A three year letterman in football and four year letterman in basketball and baseball at Crossville High School. First team all-state in all three sports. In football, accumulated and overall record of 26-3 as a starting QB. 15-0 as a junior while leading his team to the state championship. 1st team All-State, 3-A Player of the Year by the Birmingham News and Alabama Sports Writers 1987. In basketball he scored over 1400 points and led his team to the state tournament where they lost by one point to eventual champion. Was selected the Times-Journal Athlete of the Year 1987. Received a scholarship to Memphis State where he was a four-year letterman. Played three different positions while starting one year as QB and two as tight end. Academic achievements include Dean’s List, National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award, and second team Academic All-American award while being one of only two senior athletes to receive degree in 3-1/2 years. Recruited by several pro teams but attended graduate school instead. Actively involved in Christian Youth Ministries and currently living in Crossville with wife Sonya and sons Brett and Blake.
Garmany Dana Garmany
Dana Garmany was a four year letterman at Fort Payne High School in golf, a two year letterman in basketball, and a one year letterman in track and cross country. He qualified for the state championship, and finished in the Top 10 in his classification three consecutive years. He won and had high finishes in multiple amateur and professional golf tournaments during his playing career. After his playing career, he turned to the business of golf, winning several awards along the way, including the PGA Teacher of the Year, for the Dixie Section, in 1988. He founded Troon Golf in 1990, which today is the largest golf management company in the world, with over 190 golf courses, located in 29 states and 16 countries. Troon employees over 9,000 people around the world, with offices in the USA, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Garmany was named the fourth Most Powerful Person in Golf, behind Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, but ahead of Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, by Golf Inc. Magazine. He was also named as the second Most Powerful Person in Golf by Golf Digest, and Most Innovative Leader in the golf industry by Golf Magazine.
Pharr Rev. James L. Pharr
First graduate of a DeKalb County school to be offered a four-year academic scholarship by both Alabama and Auburn. He received numerous college scholarship offers. Jim selected Auburn where he played center and linebacker. He led the team to victory over number one ranked Georgia. Jim played center and kicked off. On the kickoff Jim tackled Frank Sinkwich, injuring him. In the off season Jim was a member of the Auburn track team. He was a student leader both on and off the field. Jim was instrumental in leading many of his teammates to church. He was a true hero and role model.
Welch Dr. Bobby Welch
Dr . Bobby Welch was a stalwart lineman and LB for Coach Vernon Wells’ team from 1958 - 1961. He was also an outstanding member of the baseball team. After graduating from FPHS, Bobby attended his first year of college at the University of Alabama. He transferred to JSU as a football walk on. His hustle and determination prompted Coach Don Sauls to award him a football scholarship., and he became a starter at linebacker. Sauls declared “Welch is one of the hardest hitters I’ve ever seen and dearly loves contact.” He was defensive captain and team captain his junior and senior years. Before leaving the US Army as a captain, he had become an Airborne Ranger, Jungle Expert and a Green Beret. Gravely wounded in Vietnam combat, he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star for bravery, Combat Infantryman Badge, Air medal and other decorations. His service to his country and to Christ as pastor of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL, and president of the Southern Baptist Convention have led to many accolades, but the athletic accomplishments were significant to the degree that he deserves to be named to the DSHOF.