Warner Robins Hall of Fame to return to Museum of Aviation

Staff reportsOctober 17, 2013 

The Warner Robins Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday will take place at the Museum of Aviation now that the government shutdown has ended.

Officials scrambled over the weekend to find an alternative location and had settled on the Wellston Center when it was announced last week that the museum would be closed.

But with Wednesday’s late night budget deal, the government was set to open again Thursday, prompting the move back to the Museum of Aviation.

Six will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. They are:

• The Rev. Willie J. Johnson, who helped guide the city through desegregation. He founded the first Boy Scout troop for black boys in 1951.

• Claude Lewis, who brought T-ball to Warner Robins in 1958 and literally wrote the rules for the game. Also, he was the first leader of the Warner Robins Recreation Department and is a member of the Georgia Recreation and Park Hall of Fame.

• Charles R. Singleton, a member of the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership, was a Boy Scout leader for more than 45 years. Over those years, he mentored thousands of boys and helped 170 of them become Eagle Scouts.

• C.B. Watson, who was the first mayor of Warner Robins. He was appointed mayor in 1943 and led the city in that position until 1950.

• William Wisse, who helped charter the city’s first Rotary Club in 1956, becoming the club’s first president. In 2007 he received the Rotary’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

• Edward J. Wiggins, who was a founding member of the 21st Century Partnership, and he served as chairman for many years.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce at 478-922-8585.

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