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 Posted Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2002 - 11:07 am
Local sports figures die

By Michael Burns
TRIBUNE-TIMES SPORTS EDITOR

James Leon Willis, the billiards legend known as Fountain Inn Red, died June 1 after the pickup truck he was driving crashed into an embankment at Fork Shoals and Harrison Bridge roads, according to reports.

Willis competed on national billiards circuits, and he directed local tournaments.

"(His) legendary status hails from sending 'road agents' home broke for over 30 years," Pool & Billiard magazine wrote of Red in 1997.

James Michael Caughman, a founder of the Mauldin Maulers Wheelchair Softball Team, died May 18. The team was the first of its kind in the region, and it continues to call Sunset Park home.
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