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STEVE BARNES — Starting offensive/defensive lineman. Worked in the roofing industry. Died October 2013.
SARVIS BASS — Starting pulling guard. Graduated from N.C. State University. Has worked for more than 40 years at Wilson Iron Works and Eastern Hydraulic and Power Transmission of Wilson. An avid water-skier, Bass won the national championship in his age group in 2011 and was inducted into the North Carolina Water Ski Association Hall of Fame in 2013. Lives in Wilson.
JOHN BOLGER — Starting defensive tackle. Played football at the University of Richmond. Whereabouts unknown.
BILLY CLARK — Starting fullback and defensive end who played four years at N.C. State, including three as a letterman for the Wolfpack. Died in January, 1985.
RALPH CHERRY — Starting defensive halfback. Attended Mount Olive Junior College after graduating Fike before enlisting with the U.S. Air Force, where he spent seven years working as a crew chief and attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Worked for 37 years with the U.S. Postal Service, serving as postmaster in three cities. Resides in Vacaville, California.
LYNN DANIELL — Starting quarterback who went on to play four years at N.C. State University. Spent 25 years working with the Raleigh Rescue Mission, the last 14 as its executive director. Lives in Raleigh.
NICKY DELMASTRO — Starting offensive guard suffered a season-ending broken ankle in the first game. Resides in Southport.
BOB JOHNSTON — Starting tight end/defensive end. After helping Fike win the 1968 state 4-A championship in baseball, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th round of the 1968 MLB June Amateur Draft. However, he enrolled at Atlantic Christian College and played two years for the Bulldogs. Was drafted by the San Diego Padres in January 1971 and pitched parts of four seasons in the minor leagues, reaching the Double-A level. Died in December 1988.
DAVID LANIER — Starting middle linebacker and defensive signal-caller. Graduated from University of North Carolina. Spent four years in U.S. Air Force as a navigator. Obtained master’s degree in counseling. Worked as a veterans counselor at N.C. State University. Worked for 36 years as assistant provost and university registrar at UNC before retiring earlier this year. Resides in Raleigh.
ERIC MOORE — Starting defensive/offensive lineman. Attended N.C. State, where he played football for two years. Worked in the construction business before returning to college in the late 1980s, obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from East Carolina. Worked at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine before retiring. Resides in Raeford.
JOHN PIKE — Offensive/defensive lineman. After graduation worked with his father at the family business, City News. Later own restaurants in Wilson and Emerald Isle. Raced dirt-track cars for 22 years. Resides in Washington, N.C.
BRIGGS SHERWOOD — Defensive halfback/split end who suffered a career-ending concussion in the preseason scrimmage. Graduated from N.C. State with a degree in architecture. Have worked as an architect for more than 40 years. Helped start the youth soccer program in Asheville and is a member of the N.C. Soccer Hall of Fame. Resides in Asheville.
HAROLD WILKERSON — Starting split end/outside linebacker/placekicker. Attended Davidson College on a football scholarship but also played baseball for the Wildcats. Worked in commercial insurance for 12 years before becoming an insurance broker for more than 30 years. Currently the corporate risk manager for SteelFab, Inc. Lives in Charlotte.
JEROLD WILLIAMS — Offensive/defensive lineman. Played football at Lees-McRae College before transferring to Lenoir Community College. Graduated from Fort Lauderdale University with a major in business administration and minors in psychology and sociology. Worked in several industries, including finance, sales and engineering. Resides in Wilson.