In Memory

Claude Smalls

North Forsyth All American Football Player

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11/19/08 01:52 PM #1    

Pam Griffin (Guyer)

We missed you, Claude, at the reunion. You were in our thoughts.

11/20/08 10:25 AM #2    

Sheilah Grubbs (Carroll)

Claude...what can we say except you always 'gave your all 110%'. We all loved cheering you on!!!

We miss you.

12/01/08 12:36 AM #3    

David Wilson

Wow, what can I say about Claude? Don't you all remember his laugh? He had one of those laughs that came from the gut, if you know what I mean. I'll never forget it. I'll also never forget the many times he would leave cleat marks up the back sides of my legs whenever I could not move a defender out of the way. Claude would just make a hole to run through, including running right up my back side. And I could not possibly count the number of times I would see Claude bust through the line of defenders and continue on down the field dragging two or three tacklers with him. I KNOW you all remember that. He did that wearing Green and White, and again wearing Crimson, Blue and White. There was never another person quite like Claude in my lifetime.

12/05/08 10:44 AM #4    

John Luebchow

I remember the first time I met Claude. At the goal line in the 9th grade MS/NW game. The next 2 quarters were a blurr. Claude is the main reason I switched to offense! We miss you big guy.

12/19/08 11:21 PM #5    

Deborah Nifong (Patterson)

I always called Claude "my brother" - that's the way he even signed my annual. His funeral was a wonderful celebration of his life. He will always hold a special place in my heart and all the hearts of Viking fans!

01/02/09 07:04 PM #6    

Steve Kiser

I will never forget Claude either as a fullback or as a person. I thought he had the best physique I had ever seen. I wish he had been here for this reunion

02/02/09 09:57 AM #7    

Walter Joyce

Claude looked like a train when he ran the football, legs churning and people hanging off of him. I loved watching him play and writing about him in the school newspaper. His talent brought me a lot of joy.

Rest in peace, big guy!

08/29/09 01:40 AM #8    

Carmen Roberts

Tough on the football field, but gentle off. I met Claude when I transferred from Northwest to Mineral Springs Junior High. When we arrived at North, Claude was one of several friends who protected me during the 1970 integration riots. He didn't say much, but he always had a big smile to share. I'm sorry we didn't have more time together.

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