Sports Hall of Honor member Gadison, passes away at age 82
He was 82.
Gadison, a 1950 Aycock graduate, was inducted into the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor in 2008.
Uable to attend the induction ceremony due to illness, Gadison’s son Richie kept those in atttendance laughing with tales of his father’s athletic exploits.
“He never told us how good he was, he would just show us,” Gadison said. “I played college football and one time I was talking about how fast I was. My father starting taking off his shoes and we went outside and I was thinking, now I’ll show him how fast I am.
“He blew my doors off. He walked back in the house and didn’t say anything. He was 49 before any of his sons could beat him in the 100-yard dash.
“He loved to run, loved to compete, loved to win.”
Lee Earl Gadison Sr. was a member of an Aycock High basketball team that went to three straight state finals in 1947, 1948 and 1949.
He also played half back for the Tiger football team and set records for yards rushing, rushing touchdowns, passing touchdow ns and interceptions for touchdowns.
In 1949 he and his Aycock teammates won the state 880- yard and mile relays. Gadison was the district champ in the 100-yard dash and 220-yard dash.
He was Aycock High School’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete in 1949 and was also the class president and homecoming king that school year.
Gadison went on to Paul Quinn College on a full football scholarship, earning a spot on the varsity team as an offensive and defensive guard his freshman year. He played two seasons at Paul Quinn then enlisted in the U. S. Air Force where he remained for 20 years.
After retiring from the USAF in 1972, Gadison went on to run for the Masters Track Club of San Antonio, well into the 1980s, then participated in the Senior Olympics from 1992 to 2002.