Magnolia High School Life Achievement
Two student-athletes from the 1950s decade will be recognized at the 25th annual Magnolia High School Alumni Life Achievement Awards Banquet.
Burl J. (Skip) Beegle and James W. (Jim) Yoho will be honored at the public banquet on Aug. 7 at Magnolia High School in New Martinsville.
Sponsored by the Magnolia Athletic Boosters, they are among eight honorees at the annual fete for former members of Blue Eagle athletic teams. Tickets for the banquet will be available at Witschey’s Market in New Martinsville or by calling banquet chairman Brent Gamble at 304-455-3234.
Here are capsule summaries on the two honorees, with graduation class:
BEEGLE (1951)-A four-year Blue Eagle football lineman, he served as co-captain of the 1950 team which posted a 6-3-1 record. The 1950 team recorded six shutouts including five wins and a scoreless tie with Moundsville.
After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy and earned a rank of Petty Officer 3rd class in 18 months. He was a journeyman pipe fitter and machinist.
After discharge, he worked several construction and maintenance jobs and was employed for 37 years at Pittsburgh Plate Glass, mostly as a machinist and chemical operator, before retiring. He’s a lifetime member of the Chemical Workers of America.
He has earned several work certifications from the International Corresponding Schools in Scranton, Pa., Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia Northern Community College.
Beegle has been active in Parent Teachers Association functions, Paden City school athletic projects, and has been a regular harmonica player at various local and charitable events as a member of the Riverside Harmonica Chorus. He’s also active in church and community events.
He and his wife, the late Deloris Deulley Beegle, had two children-Michael D. Beegle and Joyce E. Beegle Anderson.
YOHO-A three-sport Blue Eagle athlete, He was a three-year basketball regular, serving as co-captain and second leading scorer on the 17-4 record 1956 team. He earned all-state honorable mention and ended his career with 754 points.
He also was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at first base in baseball. He also participated three years in football.
He attended Potomac State College two years, where he played basketball and earned a degree from Salem International University in 1963.
Yoho worked for Olin Rolling Mill Corp. from 1958-60. He also was a teacher-coach at Hundred High in 1964 and served as teacher-coach at Shadyside High School from 1964-66. He started a 31-year career in 1966 at Conalco/Ormet Alumni Mill Products Corp., and retired from that position.
He has been involved with volunteer work with the New Martinsville Little League and served as president for two years; the Osiris Shriners and Hospitals; Moose Lodge 931; the West Virginia University Mountaineer Athletic Club; and as a member of the New Martinsville United Methodist Church.
He is married to Judith A, Yoho. He is the father of four children-Ben, JoDell, Jim and LeeAnn.