Four to be inducted into WH sports hall


WHITE HALL — Bob Leslie, Judy Carole Rhodes, Ricky Mobley and Wes Booker have been selected for induction into the White Hall High School Sports Hall of Fame on May 13.

The banquet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Tickets are $12 each.

Leslie’s introduction is in appreciation of his contributions as an athlete, distinguished alumnus and founder of Sports Hall of Fame. He lettered four years in football and three years in basketball at White Hall, serving as co-captain in both sports and was named to the all-district football team. Upon graduation in 1957, Leslie attended Southern Arkansas and lettered in football one year and two years at Arkansas-Monticello.

He graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1969 and began practicing law in Little Rock. In 2006 he founded the White Hall Sports Hall of Fame and served as president for one year. He continues to serve as a member of the board and acts as its attorney.

Rhodes was a cheerleader at White Hall for four years, serving as captain of the squad her senior year. After her graduation in 1973, she entered UALR where she played basketball, volleyball and tennis and was one of the first women in Arkansas to receive athletic scholarships from UALR in all three sports. Upon graduation in 1977, she began her teaching career at Redfield Junior High and coached girls basketball for 14 of her 28 years there. Her teams won nine conference or district tournament championships, and she was named conference coach of the year in 1984 and 1993. She has authored two books and began a speaking career on the subject of reading and writing.

Mobley lettered three years in basketball and was a starter on the 1966 state championship team. He was named to the all-state team and was a starter in the All-Star game as a senior in 1967, earning scholarships to Arkansas and UAM. He chose UAM, lettered in basketball for four years and was named a member of the outstanding college athletes of America for 1971. He also was named the winner of the Hobgood Award, given to the outstanding athlete at UAM.

Mobley taught and coached at Monticello Junior High and High School, winning a state championship in 1976. He also taught at Mabelvale Junior High, Fair and Mills high schools in Little Rock before returning to White Hall, where he taught until his retirement in 2005.

Booker lettered three years in basketball, football and track at White Hall was voted “Most Athletic” in all. He was named All-Southeast Arkansas, All-Arkansas, All-Conference and Best Defensive Player in basketball, All-Southeast Arkansas, all-state, all-district, all-county and “Bulldog of the Year” in football.

He was selected to play in the All-Star football game was named an Academic All-American.

After graduation from White Hall in 1990, he lettered four years in football at Central Arkansas and was named to the All-Gulf South Conference team. He played minor league football from 1996-2000.

Booker also is an accomplished football official, having worked a state championship game, the Bayou Classic, the All-Star game and the Pro-Bound Sports Bowl. He was chosen field judge for the 2012 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.

He is the owner and CEO of an insurance agency.