Hall of Fame
Carl Winston Nunez was born on February 2, 1937 to Linda Meaux and Joseph Aaron
Nunez. Carl has one brother, Gerald
Nunez who lives in Abbeville.
Carl is married to Shelley Hebert
Nunez of Gueydan, LA. Carl has one
son, Richard Nunez who is married to Geraldlyn Schexnider. Richard and Geraldlyn gave Carl two beautiful granddaughters,
Lauren, age 7, and Abbey, age 5. Richard
lives in Rockledge, Florida and he manages a restaurant in Merrit Island.
Carl also has one daughter, Charla
who is married to Kurt Mercier. Carla
teaches 1st grade at Woodvale Elementary in Lafayette.
Charla has two children, Elizabeth and Chuck, who both attend the
University of Washington in Seattle.
Carl attended Abbeville Elementary
from the 1st through 8th grade. He graduated from Abbeville High School in 1955.
He earned a B.S. degree in Secondary Education and a Masters Degree in
Guidance Counseling from U.S.L. in Lafayette.
Carl retired from Halliburton in
1995 after 33 years of service. He
and his wife presently reside in Abbeville.
Carl had a stellar career while a
student at AHS. He starred in
football, baseball and track. During
his athletic career Abbeville High School was a member of District 5-AA.
That district included Morgan City, Cathedral, Crowley, Abbeville, New
Iberia, Kaplan, and Thibodeaux.
In a district that large only the
truly outstanding athlete garnered All District Honors.
Carl joined teammates Norris Granger (guard), Herman Aymond (tackle), as
members of the 5-AA All District First Team.
Named to the All-District Second Team were Wildcats Larry Dupre, Charlet
Roy, and Donald Lege.
If you ask anyone who watched
Abbeville High School football in the mid ‘50’s, Carl, or “Carly” as he
was known to his friends, was an animal! He
measured only 5’10” tall and weighed in at 189 pounds, but those powerful
legs were hard to stop.
Carl was a bruising fullback for
the Wildcats. He gained 1375 yards
and scored 122 points his senior season. The
Abbeville Meridional said, “He was a good blocker, a quick thinker and a
tremendously hard runner.”
Carl was named the “Player of the
Year” on the 1954 Lafayette area Daily Advertiser All-Star Team.
He also received All-State recognition.
Carl’s experiences with football
can be summed up in one sentence: “We
didn’t win them all, but we sure had fun trying!”
Carl had fun playing the game of
football, due mostly to his good friends on the playing field.
Football is a team sport and he had outstanding teammates in quarterbacks
Kotchie Russo, Murrel Stokes and Bobby Osburn; Halfbacks James Dale Landry,
Jesse Bourque, Eddie Frederick, and Jerry Pelequin; Guards Buddy Hebert and
Norris Granger; End Russell Boudreaux; Tackles Herman Aymond, and Jesse
Bergeron; Center Raywood Morvant and fellow fullback Lindsey Dumond.
Carl Nunez also excelled in track.
He was a first place finisher in the Javelin in the district meet with a
toss of 160’ 5½”. Other
Wildcat teammates who finished first in the District meet were Henry Eleazar in
the 120 Yard High Hurdles with a time of 15.6, Russell Boudreaux with a Discuss
throw of 128’ 2½”, and Leslie Vaughn in the 100 yard dash.
Nunez was an outstanding right
fielder on the Wildcat baseball team. This
team too was loaded with outstanding athletes including the likes of Charlet Roy
and Bobby Osburn.
Carl was active in other campus
activities at Abbeville High. He
was elected Vice President of the AHS student body. He was a class officer for four years and served as President
of the Key Club. He was also
elected State Superintendent of Education at Pelican Boys State. Carl fondly remembers that the joint efforts of the A-Club
and Key Club raised enough money to buy Abbeville High School its first
Carl continued his athletic career
at U.S.L where he lettered two years. He
played both fullback and linebacker for the Cajuns.
accomplishments as a student, an athlete and a father are reasons enough for his
induction into the Abbeville High School Athletic Hall of Fame!
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