It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate person than the late Charlie Moss to be honored inside the room where all the success of the Covington High School football program begins. 

Members of his family recently donated $15,000 to revamp what is now called the Charlie Moss Weight Room. 

Moss, who died in 2017, is one of the best athletes Covington High School has ever produced. After leading the Chargers to the state title game in 1971, he went on to play safety at Ole Miss. He also exceled in track, baseball and basketball. 

“Football was his life,” said Leonard Moss, his brother. “He always supported Covington football in any way he could to help them be successful.” 

For the majority of his life he lived within walking distance of the football stadium. Friends and family regularly gathered there on game day. 

“He always talked about how special the Friday night lights were for him,” said Brenda Moss, Leonard’s wife. “He was always doing whatever he could for Covington athletes.” 

The donation helped purchase 10 new weight racks, a new floor and some weights. There’s already a sign up the room and head coach J.R. Kirby said he plans on adding a photo of Moss. 

There are also more plans in the works to make improvements to Covington’s athletic facilities. 

A new concession stand will be constructed near the north end zone, the Holmes School Gym is being converted into a multi-purpose room for all sports and approximately 860-square feet of space is being added to the locker room/weight room area that will be a film/meeting room.  The facility will be about 5,000 square feet when everything is finished.

All three of those projects are expected to begin soon. The budget is $600,000. 

“I think it’s going to look really good when it’s all done,” Kirby said. 

When Kirby was hired he and his coaches made some changes to the facility. The equipment room was converted into a coaches’ office and a lot of painting was done. 

“I don’t want to take all the credit,” Kirby said. “A facility upgrade was long overdue. It all just fell into place. I think a lot of people were excited about me getting the job. I think that helped. It was just one of those deals where it was a perfect storm.”

Leonard smiled when asked what he thought his brother would think of having his name attached to Covington’s revamped athletic facilities. 

“He was modest,” he said. “He might not have liked it.”

Brenda interjected: “But we knew what was in his heart.” 

Russell Gookin, a lifelong friend of Charlie who played various sports with him throughout his childhood, loves the fact that his buddy’s name will live on inside the place he loved so much. 

“I’m thrilled to know he had a part in helping the program. I know he would have given anything to help those kids. Charlie would be proud to see his name on that wall.”

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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