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U of M at Lambuth Hosts Fundraiser Featuring Local Man Whose Life is Being Made Into a Movie

    September 20, 2016

    WTSHRM members….as you are aware, Teresa and I endowed a scholarship to the University of Memphis last year to help students pay for nursing school.   This year we are thrilled to announce that our annual fundraiser involves one of our own in Joey Williams.   Joey Williams, who works in security at WTH and JPD, will be the featured speaker.  Alcon Entertainment and Warner Brothers are going to make a movie (starring Kevin James) of Joey’s life and specifically when he joined the Lambuth football team at the age of 44.

    The dinner will be held October 22, 2016, at U of M campus and I am respectfully asking that you sponsor at least one table for the event. (Please read the story below and newspaper article.)  Since the featured speaker is part of our own Jackson, TN family, I think it would be an awesome treat to purchase several tables and allow your employees to attend the event.  I have attached the form with all of the information needed to purchase tables.   If I need to send this to anyone else in the WTSHRM   family…..please let me know.   Thanks again. 

    Hal L. Freeman Jr., M.B.A, EdD Candidate
    Instructor/Veteran Liaison
    University College

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    Film to be made of Joey Williams Playing with Son

    An inspirational movie is being made about the story of Joey Williams, who went back to play college football at the age of 44 with his son Kyle Williams. There were thoughts of making a movie from the start in 2003 when Jackson native Joey Williams finished playing a season of football at Lambuth University at the age of 44.

    But on Sunday, those thoughts came into being as the movie "44" was announced to be in the beginning stages of production. "I did an interview on Saturday morning with National Public Radio when we played in a national playoff game in North Dakota," Joey Williams said. "When I got home, I had six messages on my answering machine. All six of those calls were from movie producers from Hollywood, California. From November 2003, it has been an idea for a movie, and for 13 years, we have been working on it. "I never thought it would be a movie. I just wanted to play one down in one game of college football."

    The movie is an inspirational drama produced by Alcon Entertainment and Warner Brothers, and The Hollywood Reporter announced on Sunday that Kevin James will be playing the role of Joey.

    James is most noted for his work on the sitcom King of Queens. "Last June, Kevin James' agent called my agent and said that he was interested in doing a faith-based movie, and then they ran across my story," Joey Williams said. "In the last six months, we knew this was going to happen. We knew before Christmas, but we couldn't tell anybody until Alcon made the announcement. They did, on Easter morning, because it was going to be a faith-based movie."

    Williams went back to college in 2003 for the chance to play college football with his oldest son, Kyle.

    "My first thought, who is going to play me," Kyle Williams, who is currently a coach at University School of Jackson, said jokingly. "When you hear something like that, even when you hear the messages on the answering machine and with this whole Kevin James thing coming out Sunday, it still almost seems like until it happens, it doesn't seem real. I know it is in the process of happening, but it doesn't seem real until everything is done. It is a surreal experience."

    There were struggles along the way, including the two-a-day practices in the first 21 days of summer workouts, but Joey Williams stuck with it. Joey got to play a full series with his son Kyle in a game against Kentucky Wesleyan.