Yours truly was drafted to seek permission, a scary task for a ten-year-old. I knocked, and Mrs. Nalley answered with a big smile. And she said of course and introduced me to Johnny. That could have been where "Little Johny's" nickname came from.
Then my thoughts then went to 1994. I would walk our son Donny to the bus stop and throw the football until the bus arrived. The bus pulls up, doors open, and there is Coach, then school superintendent." Coach introduced himself to Donny and said your dad was a heck of a football player.
Coach explained to me that he road all the bus routes at the beginning of the school year, starting with the lowest grades, to make sure they took the best route and did not miss anyone. How many school superintendents do that?
But the one thing that God continued to put on my heart was:
His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter the joy of your master.' Luke 19:23
Carlin Nalley took what Lisle had to offer and went to work.
Starting with a muddy football field, then crowning it and motivating the town people to lay new sod, my father and I were among the volunteers.
The track went from a dirt path to one of the state's top-rated track & field facilities. And there are many other examples.
Coach didn't stop there. Utilizing commonsense solutions, he guided the Lisle Park District to new heights.
As Lisle's school superintendent, Lisle schools' gained numerous awards and recognitions.
These accomplishments pale compared to the thousands of students he touched and worked to keep on the "right path."
Well done, good and faithful servant; the world needs more men like you.