Hero: William Spires

October 01, 2003

William "Bill" Spires, one of our longest-term Devil players and supporters, has been inducted into our Hall of Heroes.

Neal Reed nominated Mr. Spires, his uncle:

I would like to nominate William H. (Bill) Spires, Jr., for induction to the Red Devil Hall of Heroes. He was born in 1915 in Lincolnton. He attended school and played football here in 1932 and 1933. He was a blocking back in 1933 when Lincolnton was undefeated with a 7-0 record under Coach J. T. Garner. According to Mr. Spires, back in those days the host school would have to pay the visiting team $15.00 for cost of their travel. If the gate did not net the required $15.00, the parents of the players would have to pass the hat to make up the difference.

Later he moved to Augusta to work at the Savannah River Plant, but that did not stop him from supporting the Red Devils. He has almost always made the trip to Buddy Bufford Field on Friday nights as well as to away games. In 1988, he was the first recipient of the Booster Club Achievement Award, and in 1998 he was honored with the Frank Guillebeau Award.

It is quite possible that Bill Spires has seen as many or more Red Devil football games than anyone. We can't be sure how many games that may be, but at age 88 he's still counting them up.

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