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W.L. Smith 

Smith played football, basketball and baseball at Burrell-Slater High School where he averaged nine strikeouts per game and played in the North Alabama High School Association All-Star Football Game. 

He was a teacher and coach at West End High School for nine years where he started all of the athletic pro­grams with his first basketball team playing on an out­door court.

His niche was as a referee where he served in some capacity for over 30 years. He became a fixture locally and also in the state where he officiated 19 state bas­ketball tournaments. He also officiated in the junior college ranks as well as the Gulf South Confirence where his "signature" was his patented traveling viola­tion call.

Smith is retired from the Lauderdale County school system where he was a textbook supervisor fOr over 30 years. He also started the annual Allen Thornton Me­morial Golf TOurnament for the county.