Stewart to be Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Ed Pastilong, Noel Devine and Owen Schmitt are the latest names added to the list of special guests for Wetzel County Museum’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The late Bill Stewart will be the first individual inducted into the hall of fame during a special ceremony held on Sunday, Sept. 4. The event will be held at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.
During the event, the museum will also dedicate its outside mural, which features Stewart and former West Virginia University players Sam Morrone and Andrew Emery. The mural painting of the trio was inspired by a photo – now widely known – taken after the Mountaineers’ 2008 Fiesta Bowl victory against the Oklahoma Sooners. The photo featured Morrone and Emery lifting Stewart onto their shoulders; this is depicted in the mural, which was painted by Claude Ruston Baker Arts.
Both Morrone and Emery will be present at the Sept. 4 event, along with several other former WVU football players and surprise guests, such as Don Nehlen. Pat White has also stated that he plans on attending.
Wetzel County Museum’s Robby Parsons said Stewart’s wife, Karen, and son, Blaine, will also be present at the event.
The induction ceremony will include a video tribute, narrated by Neil Marshall who is known as the “golden voice of the blue Eagles.”
“He has done all the sporting events for Magnolia forever. He narrated the video, and it was pretty neat,” Parsons said.
“(Marshall) did this out of the kindness of his heart,” Parsons explained, adding that he is finding that people are “really, really willing to do things like this for Bill’s induction, because he left a lasting impression on a lot of people.”
Furthermore, Parsons said the museum is partnering with Baristas Cafe and Pub for the event. The cafe will have pizzas available, free to the public.
The Wetzel County Museum will also have a permanent Bill Stewart display included in its exhibits. September 4 will mark the unveiling of that.
Parsons explained that Karen Stewart provided the museum will several items for the display, including one of the vests Stewart was known to wear on the sidelines during games. Other items will include a pair of Stewart’s pants, a pair of his shoes, and a hat.
The Wetzel County Museum is located 136 Main Street in New Martinsville. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
The museum can be reached by calling 304-398-4910.