Four former athletes at Northside were the latest inductees into the NHS Hall of Honor in a ceremony prior to the Grizzlies' football game Friday.
This year's NHS Hall of Honor class consists of Doug Lowrey, Cameron Flemming, Dr. Steve Heim and Jarrell Williams.
Lowrey is a 1969 NHS graduate, and played guard on the 1967 state championship team which went 12-0 on the season. The following season, 1968, he was a member of the Arkansas Super Team and was part of the Grizzlies' repeat state championship squad.
After graduation, Lowrey attended Arkansas State University. During his sophomore year, he was part of the 1970 team which won the national title. In 1973, he was a member of the Kodak All-American first team and was later drafted in the NFL by the New York Jets, where he played guard. In 1974, he became a starter for the Chicago Fire of the World Football League.
Among his many honors were being named Mr. Softball Arkansas in 2001, 2002 National Weight Lifting champion, Arkansas State's Hall of Honor in 2003, ASU's All-Century team as well as the Southland Conference Hall of Fame in 2014 and in 2015, he was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame.
He resides in Cedarville with his wife of 44 years, Georgeanne. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Flemming graduated from NHS in 1990. He was a three-year letterman in football and track for the Grizzlies.
Playing linebacker his sophomore year, he helped NHS win the 1987 state title. During Flemming's junior year, he was named conference and defensive player of the year and again his senior year, adding co-defensive state player of the year honors. He averaged 15-20 tackles per game and was part of the Arkansas West All-Star team.
After graduation, Flemming played for Southwest Missouri State, where he started all four years. He made multiple all-conference teams and led the Bears in tackles and sacks his junior and senior year, averaging 10-15 tackles a game.
Flemming was invited and participated in the Miami Dolphins' preseason camp.
He resides in Fort Smith with his wife Misty, and they have six children and one grandchild.
Heim is a 1974 NHS graduate, where he participated in both football and track. He was a three-year letterman and was a member of the 1971 state championship football team.
Upon graduation, he accepted a scholarship to the University of Arkansas, where he played football all four years. During his time there, he was a part of numerous memorable wins, including one against national powerhouse USC as a freshman.
He was also a part of the Razorbacks' 31-10 win against Georgia in the 1976 Cotton Bowl as a sophomore, as well as the memorable 31-6 win against Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl. In that game, Heim served as Arkansas captain and the game ball still resides in his office.
Upon graduation from Arkansas, Heim entered medical school at UAMS in Little Rock, which was followed by a residency in orthopedic surgery. Upon completion of his residency, he has practiced in Fort Smith for 29 years, performing more than 15,000 surgeries.
Heim is married to Amanda Harper, who also attended NHS, and together they have six children and nine grandchildren.
Williams attended then Fort Smith High School from 1955-57, participating in football, basketball and track. He was considered one of the fastest sprinters in the state, partcipating in the 1957 state track meet where he placed third in discus, third in shot put and first in the 220-yard dash.
On the football team, he played right halfback with his twin brother playing left halfback. Jarrell Williams was All-Conference in basketball and also played in the All-Star football game, where he had 10 rushes for 57 yards and a touchdown, helping the West win, 19-6.
After graduation, Williams received a scholarship to the University of Arkansas, where he played defensive and offensive back. In 1965, he started a coaching career at Springdale High School, earning four state championships as coach. He retired in 2001 after 36 years of service as head football coach and athletic director, and the Springdale High School stadium bears his name.
Williams has been inducted into the Springdale High School Hall of Fame, University of Arkansas Hall of Fame, Arkansas High School Hall of Fame and the Boys Club Hall of Fame.
He resides in Springdale and has two sons and six grandchildren.