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Stinnett to Win It

Beloved ‘Voice of the Govs’ an inspiration far beyond playing field

The Stinnett family, Tyler, Haley, Rhonda, Hannah and Gary, enjoy some downtime at the beach.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2012. The subject, William Blount public address announcer Gary Stinnett, delivered a moving tribute to former Friendsville and Governor coach Bill Wallace on Friday as William Blount named the playing floor at Marvin Boring Gymnasium “Bill Wallace Court.” Wallace passed away last June.

By Stefan Cooper
Blount Press Row

Associate Pastor/Youth Paster by day at First Baptist Church of Maryville, Gary Stinnett is William Blount through and through as the “Voice of the Govs” on football Friday nights.

Michael Jordan got cut once.

Gary Stinnett was told to try again next year twice in his attempts to make the varsity basketball team at Friendsville High School in the late 1970s.

He was ready his junior year. He’d started to grow. In football that fall, he broke his leg, finishing for good, he thought, his chances of ever wearing Falcon blue.

In another year, there wouldn’t be a Friendsville High School.

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