NeveHarms Clarence Faucett's unselfish and dedicated work with the youth of Peoria was brought to a regretful close when he collapsed and died at the parking lot of a store at University and Forrest Hill on August 17, 1981.
But throughout his lifetime he had done much ... he had accomplished his objective of helping thousands of kids -. black, white, Protestant and Catholic. His heart of gold and his sincere interest in youth caused him to be a father figure to all the kids he coached and helped.
Clarence organized and directed the Sports Club, the Silver Club for youth sports activities. He worked at the Salvation Army, Carver Center and was involved in kid's summer programs. He coached at St. Boniface, Trewyn and St. Philomena grade schools, as well as the Little Leagues and Journal Star baseball program. He was a great influence to the boys at Manual, Woodruff, Central and Spalding and could be seen at these schools' games watching and encouraging "his" boys.
In 1963 Faucett was one of the two people to share the Brotherhood Award, and in 1980 he was honored at a testimonial dinner which was attended by coaches in the area, by children, adults and civic leaders.
Mrs. Germaine Faucett, his wife, will proudly accept his Neve Harms Meritorious Service To Sports Award.
Clarence Faucett's unselfish and dedicated work with the youth of Peoria was brought to a regretful close when he collapsed and died at the parking lot of a store at University and Forrest Hill on August 17, 1981.
Jim Lewis served as Athletic Director, head football, golf, basketball, and baseball coach at Pekin Community High School during his career from 1933-1955. Jim received his BA from the University of Illinois and a masters from the University of Iowa. During his days at the University of Illinois he played football and basketball. Jim also served in the military. Jim Lewis started his coaching career at Pekin in 1933 with the baseball team. He compiled a record of 118-71-1 in eleven seasons under his direction. Lewis led Pekin to six regional titles in his seven seasons as basketball coach, including state trophies in 1947 (4th place) and 1948 (3rd place). Jim coached football for eleven seasons with a 71-30-1 record. The 1951 unbeaten Pekin football team was the first team in the history of the school to win ten games. The 1951 team was considered the mythical Number 1 team in the state. Pekin won both the Greater Peoria Illini Conference and the Big 12 Conference titles that year. Jim's golf teams excelled, winning a 3rd place (1948) and a 2nd place (1949) in the state tournament during his seven years as coach. Jim Lewis was one of the driving forces behind building Pekin Memorial Stadium. Jim was a member in three Halls of Fame, the Pekin High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the IBCA Hall of Fame. Even by today's standards, Coach Lewis' coaching achievements are legendary.