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Emmett Day Sr.
Dr. Jack Pirkey
The honorees are selected by a community committee, who, as deemed by the Hall of Honor by-laws, remain anonymous. Photos of the honorees will go on permanent display in the CISD Administration Building.
Great optimism filled Commerce when Steve Lineweaver was named Commerce High School athletic director and head football coach in 1994. Coming from Southlake Carroll High School where he was offensive coordinator, Lineweaver had proven he could win with a record of 95-3-1 and two state champions to show for it.
The subsequent success of the Commerce Tigers football team was just what the community needed. Winning fever approached epidemic levels during his seven years at CHS culminating in the state championship in 1999.
Lineweaver’s success came not only in winning but also in building relationships with his athletes. Lessons from Coach Lineweaver were more than x’s and o’s. He taught athletes to “win with humbleness and lose with dignity.” The care he gave each individual student helped each one do his best as a contributing member of the team.
Just after winning the state championship with the Tigers, Lineweaver was offered the head coaching job at Trinity High School in Euless where he led the Trojans to three state championships. Lineweaver retired in 2015 after 16 years of at least bi-district championships.
Sharice Henry Chasi
To say Sharice Henry Chasi was involved at Commerce High School would be an understatement. She was a cheerleader, a member of the drama club and track team, senior class secretary and she competed in UIL poetry and theater competitions.
Even though a standout in track and field, her talent as an actress was recognized as she won best actress in UIL One Act Play competition five times. She says her most memorable event of high school was when she won Junior Miss Commerce during her sophomore year.
Chasi received scholarships to Texas A&M University-Commerce in both theater and track. Her talent as an actress was further noticed for her role in Native Son, for which she received the Irene Ryan Nomination.
She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at A&M-Commerce and completed a master’s of film and television production at Regent University.
Dr. Jerry Lytle
Jerry Lytle is a CHS graduate having attended first grade and 8th through 12th grades. His leadership abilities were noticed in his four years in student council and as class president in eighth grade and his senior year. Lytle showed strength as an athlete lettering four years in football and baseball, three years in basketball and two years in boxing.
After graduation from CHS, Lytle continued his education at East Texas State University where he received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in education administration and curriculum, supervision and instruction. He was named to the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame for his contributions on the football field.
He was a middle school science teacher and coach from 1961-1963. He was named principal of A. L. Day Elementary School, a position he held for five years.
His next move was to ETSU where he became the first full-time financial aid officer. He developed the East Texas Higher Education Loan Authority to provide aid for students at ETSU and other universities. During his service, financial aid assistance grew from $800,000 to over $10 million, allowing many students to obtain a college degree who never would have without help.
In addition to director of financial aid at ETSU, he was director of career services, director of veteran affairs, supervisor of The Children’s Learning Center and supervisor of foreign students.
His influence as an educator extends to his family as well. His wife, Debora, is an artist and educator and his three daughters inherited his heart for education.
A hometown boy, Neal Stewart was active in sports and held leadership roles at CHS. During his senior year, Stewart played center on the football team making lasting memories on a successful Tiger team.
After attending Paris Junior College for one year, he joined the Army National Guard. Stewart completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Sam Houston and was mobilized with the 49th Armored Division because of the Berlin Crisis. After his return from service, he continued his education at ETSU earning a BS degree in industrial technology in 1964.
Stewart’s career as a human resource manager began in Kearney, Nebraska, for Rockwell International and later at Kraft Foods in Garland. His return to Commerce as HR manager for Sherwood Medical Industries kept him near friends and family during his 26-year tenure.
While a leader at Sherwood, Stewart’s service extended to many civic and community organizations. He is past president of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club. He served as a board member for the Commerce United Way.
His interest in Polled Hereford cattle could expand during his retirement. He heads his family cattle operation and has represented the Northeast Texas Hereford Association as its president.
In partnership with families and community, CISD will provide all students an exemplary education, preparing them to be successful, productive citizens.
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