Slocum To Enter Hall of Fame
Former Savannah State football standout Robert Slocum, Jr. has been selected as one of eight individuals to be inducted into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no ceremony will be held this year and the Class of 2020 will now be enshrined on May 4, 2021.
When inducted, Slocum, Jr. will join his father Robert Slocum, Sr. as members of the Macon Sports Hall. The younger Slocum has been a mainstay of athletics at Mount de Sales Academy, a private Catholic school in Macon, Georgia, for almost five decades. He was a standout athlete for the Cavaliers in the early 1970’s playing football, basketball and baseball. He was a member of three championship team including the 1973 undefeated squad when he led the Cavaliers in rushing with 1,236 yards. He was named the team’s best offensive player his senior season.
After his high school playing days, Slocum attended Savannah State on a football scholarship and was a three-year starter for the Tigers at running back. He was named All-SIAC his junior and senior seasons and was a team captain on the 1978 squad as well as the student body vice president.
After graduating from college, he returned to Mt. de Sales where he served on legendary Coach Mike Garvin’s staff. When Garvin retired in 1991, Slocum was named head football coach. His 1996 team won a GISA state title and his 1997 team finished as runner-up. He also served as the Cavaliers head basketball coach winning state championships in 1992 and 1993 in addition to two runner up finishes.
Mt. de Sales built a new field-house in 2001 and named it the Robert Slocum Field-house in 2013. Slocum retired in 2018 but has the title of athletics director emeritus/director of special gifts.
Slocum, Sr was a former standout athlete at Savannah State where he was a two-time All-American halfback in 1951 and 1952. Known as “Nancy Hanks, he led the 1951 Tigers football team to the Southeastern Athletic Conference (SEAC) championship. After his playing days, Slocum served as Athletic Director and head football coach at Ballard Hudson High School in Macon from 1957-69 winning the State title in 1959. Slocum also coached the Tigers baseball team and captured state crowns in that sport in 1958 and 1963. He was inducted into the inaugural Savannah State Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Macon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Holmes Laid To Rest
Marcellus Holmes, who played two years of football at Savannah State, died on July 1, following complications from a stroke suffered last year. He would of been 46 on July 4.
A Jacksonville, Florida native, Holmes attended Paxson High School and later went to Riverside Community College and then Savannah State where he played fullback for the Tigers during the 1994 and ‘95 seasons.
According to his obituary, Holmes also played in the NFL with the New England Patriots.
Holmes worked with at-risk youth, children in the foster care system and students with special needs. In addition to being a mentor to young adults through case management, he also worked in the Duval County school system for a number of years and has been a local football, track and wrestling coach.
Former SSU head football coach Wendell Avery and former Tiger defensive end Andrew Mitchell both recall Holmes as a quiet person.
“From a coaches perspective, he was such a quiet guy but always had a smile on his face like he had done something,” stated Avery, who is now coaching on the high school level in his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. Mitchell said “A quiet but secretively funny guy once you get to know him. When he did a chance to get a joke in he definitely would in a playful way. He will be missed.”
Mitchell, who earned All-SIAC honors, went on to say that Holmes was an outstanding person and teammate. “Although we played on different sides of the ball, the little moments that we shared there was quite a few laughs.”
Visitation was held on July 9th at West Union Baptist Church in Jacksonville, funeral services were held July 10th at Trumpet In Zion Fellowship in Jacksonville followed by Interment in Edgewood Cemetery.