Parmer, Cawood and Wooten to be inducted into Old Timers
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Three more inductees to the Old Timers Hall of Fame have been announced.

The new inductees are Doyle Parmer, Old Timer of the Year; Chester Wooten, weightlifting; and David Cawood, coach.

The three will be honored along with already announced inductees Steve Bradford for football, Gloria Scott Deathridge for basketball and Alvin Scott for basketball.

The Old Timers Banquet will be held April 5 at the Museum Center at Five Points beginning at 6 p.m.

The recognition is sponsored by the Cleveland Recreation Department. Tickets for the banquet are available by calling 479-4129.


Parmer coached North Lee Elementary girls and boys basketball, girls and boys track and elementary football.

At Bradley Central High School, he coached ninth-grade football, ninth-grade basketball, junior varsity and assistant varsity with Lebron Montgomery. He was also the baseball head coach and the track head coach.

Parmer was very active in Dixie Youth Baseball, coaching the Dodgers, who were National League All-Stars. He was the league president for the national league, director for the Sports for Youth and district director for Tennessee Dixie Youth Baseball.

Parmer also coached the Colts youth football team with Bill Talley.

Parmer worked with Judge Carl Colloms and the Bradley County Commission to build the new park on Urbane Road. He also worked in radio, where he assisted Corky Whitlock of WBAC with the broadcast of elementary and high school athletic events.

He also coached the morning T-ball teams for the Cleveland Recreation Department with Bill Talley and Leon Austin.

He also was a public address announcer for the Dixie Youth tournaments, Bradley Central High School athletic events — baseball, basketball and football.


Cawood was a student at Bradley Central High from 1960 to 1963. He participated in football and track. In 1963, he was co-captain of the football team.

After he graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1968, he returned to BCHS as football, baseball and track coach.

From 1974 to 1980, Cawood served as defensive coordinator. He served as athletic director for 18 of his 30 years at BCHS.

Cawood was a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee School Athletic Administrators Association for nine years. He served as association president in 1990 and 1993.

He was honored with the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year award in 1988. He received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association state award of merit in 1991 and 1994.

Cawood is married to Peggy Collins Cawood. They have three children — David, Kristi and Dustin — and eight grandchildren.


Wooten said his first encounter with a barbell was in 1958.

“I was sitting in the snack shop across from the old Bradley Central High School, when Bill “Bug” White grabbed me up from my seat saying ‘Come on Wooten, we’ve got some weights in the gym.’

“No one could refuse Bug, so off we went,” Wooten said.

When Coach Rusty Clayton came to BCHS after college, he did a weight schedule for the football team.

Clayton had his brother, James, meet me in the weight room, Wooten said.

“James had learned the Olympic method of lifting in the service and started teaching me. His work paid off. A few months later, when the YMCA brought Olympic Gold Medal-winner and world’s strongest man Paul Anderson to Lee College, part of his show was to find Cleveland’s strongest teenager. That was my first trophy. I was hooked,” Wooten said.

Wooten was BCHS’s first state champion in Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting. He was also the Southeastern champion.

Rye Bell from the Frye Institute of Chattanooga saw Wooten at the Dixie Open in 1964 and asked him to join the Frye team.

Wooten said his wife Mickey and James Clayton were with him when Bell made the offer.

“James told me to take his offer if I wanted to get better and move to a higher level,” Wooten said.

“I taught weightlifting at the YMCA for a few years. I held a powerlifting contest, sponsored by the Y for five years. It was an open meet, but was for Bradley residents only,” he noted.

When the South Cleveland Community Center opened, Ralph Rymer asked Wooten to set up the weight room. When Trewhitt School opened, he set up the weight room there also.

Before he graduated from Cleveland State, he helped Coach Longley with a weightlifting class for physical education credit.

From 1964 to 1973, Wooten won four Tennessee state championships and two Southeastern championships. In 1966, he won the amateur athletic union region 2 title and set four new records. Also in 1966, he won the first official AAU powerlifting state title and set two records.

“During my state championship run, I set about six new records.” Wooten said. “One record I broke was set in 1946 and one in 1947. My standing press record set in the 1968 state meet was 270 pounds at a bodyweight of 165 pounds.”

In 1968 at the Chattanooga All Sports awards, Wooten won for best lifter in the state.

“My last state meet was in Nashville in 1973. I dropped almost 300 pounds on my chest and broke two ribs,” he said. “I thought it was time for a short break from competition to focus on family, work and school. That short break was 30 years.”

After he retired from Olin Chemical, he started to train again.

“To my surprise, I found my strength was still pretty good,” he said.

The lifting federation has changed to encompass age divisions as well as bodyweight divisions.

In 2003, Wooten won the bench press title in his class and set a state record at the Southern Powerlifting Federal meet in East Ridge.

“I have been competing in the bench press division in different division for 10 years,” he said.

Wooten’s major titles after age 60 include four national titles with records and three world championship titles with records.

In 2010, at age 68, he broke a bench presss record set in 1984 with a 430-bench. According to the website Powerlifting Watch, that ranked him No. 1 in the world for individuals over age 60.

On Nov. 10, 2012, he set a world record bench press of 400 pounds at age 70.

“I now workout three or four days a week at the Fitness Factory. I plan to lift in competition two or three times a year,” Wooten said.

He and his wife of 51 years, Mickey, have two sons, Vic and Ross; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.