The Princeton Board of Commissioners Monday night presented the 2017 Golden Key Award to 93-year-0ld former Princeton High School Coach and World War II veteran Raymond Sugg.
Six of Sugg’s eight children and their families were present for the presentation.
The Princeton Golden Key Award was created by the Princeton Board of Commissioners in 2010 to recognize citizens of Princeton and the surrounding area that have demonstrated a broad-based, continuing commitment to community service, public service, and/or significant charitable or philanthropic contributions of benefit to the community of Princeton.
Sugg is a decorated World War II veteran, having received two Purple Hearts and numerous other medals and commendations.
Sugg still attends Princeton ball games and special events.
A Princeton native, Sugg played baseball and basketball and graduated from Princeton High School in 1940.
Sugg returned home to Princeton in 1951 and taught and coached at Princeton while playing professional baseball during the summer.
While at Princeton, Sugg had winning record in every sport he coached. In 1952, the boy’s baseball team won the baseball championship and the boy’s basketball team won the conference championship in 1958.
Sugg retired from teaching in 1959 and became a U.S. Post Office mail carrier in Princeton. He retired in 1989.
An active member of the Princeton community, Sugg helped establish the Princeton Little League and was a charter member of the Princeton High School Booster’s Club.
In January 2016, the basketball court in the Deacon Jones Gymnasium was named the Raymond Sugg Court in his honor.
Pictured below are Front row: Becky Sugg, Raymond Sugg, Nancy Sugg Pearson and Laura Sugg Daugtry.
Back row: Debbie Sugg, Mickey Sugg, Ray Sugg, Perry Sugg and Don Daughtry