MTFOA Members in the TSSAA Hall of Fame

 Ray "Hoss" Fuller Honored by Tennessee Goveror, Bill Lee

​​TSSAA and MTFOA Hall of Fame inductee, and former football, basketball, baseball, and softball official Edwin Ray "Hoss" Fuller was surrounded by friends, family, former coworkers, and fellow officials, and honored at East High School on Sunday, March 24, 2019.  "Hoss", as he is affectionately known, had bestowed upon him the State of Tennessee's Colonel Aide de Camp award.  This award was approved and signed by Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee.

The Colonel Aide de Camp award is given to a deserving Tennessee citizen for outstanding achievement and bestowed only at the request of a member of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Ray served in the Army in World War II and was a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.  He was part of the force that invaded Germany on D-Day.  In the now famous picture to the right, Ray can be seen with his fellow soldiers listening to then Allied General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Ray started as a TSSAA official in 1955 and officiated over 7,500 games in college, high school, junior high, and junior pro combined.  Ray was a member of the Mid-TN Basketball Officials Association and also worked numerous playoff games in football, including the 2001 TSSAA State Finals.  Ray has been inducted into the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.  He received
the David Scobey Award in 1984 from the Mid-TN Football Officials  Association and was the 2008-2009 recipient of the Hank Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award.

The MTFOA is sponsoring a scholarship in Ray's name called the "Ray "Hoss" Fuller Scholarship."  The scholarship will pay for three of our local high school players to attend the "Food City Border Bowl" which is an annual All-Star game played in Gatlinburg, TN between 6 different states.

Images from the award ceremony may be viewed on the Events & Photos page of the website.