A.H.S. Hall of Fame

1999 Inductee

Carl W. Nunez
(AHS 1951 - 1955)

             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 television set!
          Carl continued his athletic career at U.S.L where he lettered two years.  He played both fullback and linebacker for the Cajuns.
          Carl’s outstanding 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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