Paine College is inducting four new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame at an 8 a.m. ceremony Saturday at the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library on the school’s campus. The public is invited, and the cost is $20, which includes breakfast. The new inductees include: Raymond H. Thompkins, Lewis Brinson, Jerry Hunter and Trina Curry.
Thompkins is a 1959 graduate and a four-year starter on the Lions’ football team. Rev. Thompkins is retired from the CME Church Ministry after 35 years of service. He was also employed by the Richmond County Board of Education for 32 years, earning “Teacher of the Year” honors twice.
Brinson is a 1974 graduate of Paine College, earning a letter in basketball. Brinson coached two years of middle school basketball before focusing on professional education and later becoming the assistant superintendent of administration in the eighth largest school district in 2005 in Tampa, Fla.
Hunter is a 1997 graduate, earning a letter in basketball. Hunter was a member of the 1994 basketball team that won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament. He serves as head coach of boys basketball and baseball at Laney High School.
Curry, a 1990 graduate, was a standout in basketball, softball and volleyball, earning letters in all three sports. Curry is a real estate agent, facilitating property transactions in Atlanta and sections in the state of Michigan.