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Chandra Johnson, far left, and Joseph Thornton, second from left, speak to a packed house Friday night in Cuthbert during the dedication of the brand new Randolph-Clay gymnasium in honor of former Red Devils boys basketball coach Joe Williams, who died last year. Johnson, who is Williams’ only child, and Thornton, who is Williams’ grandson, hold a jersey — which reads “RCHS Joe Williams 1015 WINS” to signify Williams’ 1,015 career victories — that was framed and placed on the wall as other members of Williams’ friends and family look on. (

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Thanks, Coach Joe

After putting Randolph-Clay basketball on the state and national map, legendary Red Devils coach Joe Williams — who died late last year — is honored Friday night as the school’s brand new gym in Cuthbert is named after him following a career that saw Williams win six state titles, a 90-game win streak and a staggering 1,015 victories.


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