Remembering Our Coaches on the Fourth of July:Looking back on Bill Slayton(SEG), Marion Kirby(Page HS), C.K. Siler(SG) and Doug Henderson(WG)

It is about time for the high school football season to get rolling again, and on this, The Fourth of July, we remember our former football coaches that are no longer with us…

Today, here on Tuesday July 4, 2023, this would have been Coach Bill Slayton’s 92nd birthday…Coach Slayton passed away back in March of this year, and we sure do miss the Ole Falcon Football Coach, who used to lead the Southeast Guilford Falcons…Coach Slayton put Southeast Guilford HS football on the map, back in the 1970’s…

He has been missed, and his wife will have to celebrate this Independence Day, with the love of her life, now at that big football stadium up there in the sky…In the Sky Lord, in the Sky…Anybody here seen my old friend Bill, can you tell me where he’s gone….He helped a lot of students, and seems all the good they die young, I just turned around and he was gone….

Coach Marion Kirby left us too soon, when he passed away last month, at the age of 80…June of 2023, and Coach Kirby was gone…Coach Kirby led the Page Pirates to numerous 4-A Football State Championships, while in charge of the football program, over there on Alma Pinnix Drive, and he was the man that made Page Football a household name, here in Greensboro..

Anybody here seen my old friend Marion can you tell me where he’s gone, he helped a lot of people, but it seems the good they die too soon, I just looked around and he was gone…

A couple of years back now, we lost our old Southern Guilford coach, C.K. Siler…He was the man that led the Sumner Indians, and the Southern Guilford Indians, and I used to think he was a real bigger than life coach, because Southern had this real big man, that was one of their football coaches..But, I found out in later years, that Coach Siler was a smaller man, and his assistant coach, Coach Jones, was the real large man, on the Southern Guilford HS football coaching staff…

Like the men before him in this article/post, Coach Siler had the football stadium at his school named in his honor…If you go down into the Southern Guilford Community, and you don’t know about the C.K. Siler Football Stadium, then you just got off of the bus that runs from downtown Greensboro to Sumner…

The C.K. Siler Football Stadium, the Bill Slayton Football Stadium, the Marion Kirby Football Stadium, they are all named for quality men, who were the leaders in their communities…

Anybody here seen my old friend C.K., can you tell me where he’s gone, he sure was a solid leader for the Silers, the Browns, the Terrells, and others, but we just turned around and he was gone…

And finally we remember the man that made the Western Guilford Hornets famous, Doug “Tick” Henderson….Coach Henderson was cut out of some tough cloth, and he could smoke like a freight train back in his younger days, but he sure made sure his young Hornets were prepared, and that they were ready when they took to the football field….

Coach Henderson also has the stadium named for him at WG…The Doug Henderson Stadium, and it still carries a whole lot of memories for those that wore the Black and Gold for Coach Henderson…Western Guilford had Coach Joe Robinson, Coach Alan/Hoyt/Casey Jones, Coach Bill Hollifield and others there with Coach Henderson helping him carry the load, but those other gentlemen have now also moved on….

Anybody here, seen our old friend Doug, can you tell me where he’s gone, he trained a lot of football players, but it seems the good they die young, I just turned around and he was gone…

All gone, and no longer with us, and that is why we want to keep them here in our memory today….

It’s Indepenence Day, but don’t ever forget how those old coaches you had, led you to battle, and they made sure you were ready to go home every Friday night victorious….You may not have won all of your games, back in the day, but it was never due to lack of preparation on the part of Bill Slayton, Marion Kirby, C.K. Siler, or Doug Henderson….

9 thoughts on “Remembering Our Coaches on the Fourth of July:Looking back on Bill Slayton(SEG), Marion Kirby(Page HS), C.K. Siler(SG) and Doug Henderson(WG)

  1. Thank you Andy for remembering my Dad, C K Siler, along with the other great coaches on this July 4th. He faced many Friday night battles against Coach Slayton and Coach Henderson through the years. My Dad also faced many battles during the Korean War and earned two Purple Hearts. His wounds were considered serious and ended any possibility of a baseball career, but God had a better plan that would lead him to teaching and coaching. On this July 4th how thankful we are for our freedoms and for football.

  2. I played for Coach Slayton, coached with Coach Siler at Southern Guilford. Great men along with Coach Kirby and Coach Henderson. Great article remembering men that helped shape so many futures. Thank you for taking the time to remember them.

  3. Andy,
    Got one more former coach for your list. Coach Tommy Grayson of Eastern Guilford. Also has the stadium at EG named after him. Another quality man and molder of young men.

    RIP to all these great coaches we have lost in the past few years.

  4. Alan,

    Thank-you for mentioning Coach Grayson…I was thinking of him yesterday, and should have added him to the list…I did not know him quite as good as did the other four coaches, but you are so right, he has the stadium named for him at EG, and deserves to take his spot on the Mount Rushmore, with our other Guilford County coaches…Coach Manzi over at Smith had that name too, but I never met him, and did not know him…

    Sandy Terrell, I will always keep your dad’s honor and memory on our honor roll here…Jay Terrell, you were the backstop that Coach Slayton depended on and relied on…

    I consider it an honor to have played against three of these coaches, and I played for Coach Henderson…My teams went (2-1) vs. Coach Slayton and Coach Siler, and we lost to Coach Kirby, 13-7….Tight game, and Page came rolling into Western Guilford with bus loads of fans and players…We gave them all they wanted, I had the chance to block a two-point conversion run by Page, with my leg…The runner ran into my leg at the goal line, and went BONK….My leg made the tackle/stop, and my leg was sort of like a telephone pole, and the runner ran into it…

    Page had Craig Fuquay at QB, Michael Stevenson was their outstanding nose guard, they the Rafftery kid on the O-line, and his brother played for the Dallas Cowboys, plus I am pretty sure Bob Via was playing for Page then…

    I played baseball against Craig Fuquay in the city baseball leagues, and that guy was a good athlete…

    My goal was to always stay in the game, finish the game, and not get kicked out of the game…I did pretty good with that agenda most of the time, but I did get kicked out of the game, vs. Coach Slayton and Southeast Guilford, my senior year…

    You may ask what was wrong with me??? I guess my anwer would be, I came to play, and I was going to get my monies worth…I trained so hard to get ready for those games, that when it came time to play, it was like my life was on the line…

    And all of these former coaches made it all worth the while….

    If I could play a game tonight, I would, vs. Ragsdale and Morehead…Loved playing Ragsdale, plenty of good friends there, and just a great level of competition…I owe Morehead just one more play, or two….I was taught to play under control, and most of the time I did, but if I was playing Morehead tonight, I would rush in, steal the ball from their QB Bobby Wilkerson, and I would take that ball back for the Touchdown…No doubt, that is the play that I would create, and there would be no looking back…

    I used to try that deal on the Ragsdale QB’s back in their early days, and they would cry to the refs, and the refs would just tell me to behave…

    Football teaches us so much, and when somebody says it is hot outside, I don’t care, I just get out there in it, and go, because our coaches had us ready for it…

    Football and all sports will have you ready for what seems like the impossible…

  5. Thank you,Andy,for such a wonderful tribute to all of these Coaches on July 4th.Today would have been my husband’s 92nd birthday.He would have loved all of it.I know we miss all of them.

  6. Four great Coaches that impacted countless young men’s lives. Without a doubt I would not been the player or the person I became if not for Coach Siler and later in my life/career Coach Bill Slayton.

  7. It’s been so many years since these great coaches were in their prime. I remember them as if it were yesterday. It was my great privilege to be a ‘65 Falcon under the direction of Coach
    Slayton. I truly miss him. Happy Birthday Coach!

  8. What a special day to reflect on these great coaches and their contributions to so many lives. I had the wonderful privilege of being a ‘65 Falcon under Coach Slayton. I truly miss him. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COACH!

  9. What a wonderful article about four great coaches and men: Bill Slayton, CK Siler, Marion Kirby, and Doug Henderson. I was blessed to know all of them. I had great respect for them. On July 4th, 2023 Coach Slayton would have been 92. His family and mine were close friends and shared many happy times. He was not only a good friend but a mentor to me offering advice and encouragement through the years. Coach Marion Kirby was my coach in 1964 at Clarence Stasavich’s ECU football camp. God Bless all four of these outstanding men! Their contributions to athletics and their communities will never be forgotten.

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