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Henrietta Native Named to MSU Hall of Honor

Julie Skelton White,a native of Henrietta, was inducted into the MSU Hall of Honors Class Oct. 13 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.

The Midwestern State Athletic Department inducted Julie Skelton White into its 2012 Hall of Honors Class during homecoming festivities Saturday night, October 13, at Memorial Stadium.

Julie Skelton White made an instant splash to start her two year collegiate career at MSU and her mark on the record book remains three decades later. The 5’3” guard from Goree, earned SWIAW All State and All Region honors while setting school records with 110 assists and 178 steals. Tabbed “a diminutive stellar guard as a team player from the first toss up” by MSU legend Dr. D.L. Ligon, Julie helped the Lady Indians to the TAIAW state semi-finals as a freshman in 1979-1980. She set the current school single season mark with 241 assists while making 119 steals and averaging 9.7 points per game during her sophomore season as MSU advanced to SWAIAW Division 11 Regionals in Pineville, Louisiana. Though she played just two seasons Julie remains third on MSU’S all time assist chart with 351 and is second in career steals with 297.

Julie was born in Henrietta, September 23, 1960 to Parnell and Dot Skelton and moved to Goree at a very early age and graduated from Goree High School in 1979.

Julie was accompanied at this event by her Junior High Coach, Jerry Underwood and his wife Judy from Seymour, and her high school coach Carol Kinnibrugh and her husband Michael of Seymour.

Also in attendance were her children, Kacey who is an assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Okla., and her son Caleb who is a student at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Her daughter, Haley, who was unable to attend lives in Nashville, Tenn., and coaches at Battleground Academy in Franklin, Tenn. Others in attendance were her parents Parnell and Dot Skelton of Henrietta and her brothers Steve Skelton of Denton and his wife Kari of Sanger, and their daughter Shea and her husband Cody Melton and their children, Skyler and Nash of Wichita Falls. Also attending were friends Hal and Carma Healer of Henrietta, and Joe Burke, fiancé of Kacey White of Norman, Okla.

Julie resides in Arlington, and is currently the head girls’ varsity basketball coach at Fellowship Academy in Kennedale and is continuing her education at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas. 

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