EUFAULA — Dewey Selmon had planned to be in Florida this week.
But when Eufaula school officials called the family and said they’d like to retire his number — along with those of his two famous brothers — he didn’t give a second thought to canceling.
“While we were here, we were loved by the whole town and we love it right back,” Dewey Selmon said after Eufaula retired his No. 85 Friday night before the Ironheads’ game against Stigler.
The school also retired Lee Roy’s No. 75 and Lucious’ No. 32.
“It’s truly humbling,” Dewey said. “There’s no greater expression than for your hometown to do something like this for you and your brothers.”
Earlier in the day, Dewey was the grand marshal in Eufaula’s homecoming parade. He was joined on the field by his wife, children and a large number of family members who came to see the trio honored before Eufaula fell to Stigler 21-7.
Paul Bell, who coached the brothers, was among those on hand.
“I’ve went to so many things that they’ve been honored at that it’s sort of commonplace,” Bell, now 80, said. “The appreciation for them coming home to their high school and the city that they were raised in is something special, though.
“When your hometown honors you, that’s the great accomplishment of them all.”
Lee Roy Selmon died last September at age 56.
Jimmy Barrett coached Eufaula’s rival, Checotah, from 1967 to 1993 and had plenty of battles against the brothers.