The fourth annual Phil Ford Golf Classic Gala will honor former Rocky Mount High School and North Carolina star Danny Talbott. From left are Talbott, his wife Myrlene and Ford at the 2010 Phil Ford Golf Classic Gala.

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The fourth annual Phil Ford Golf Classic Gala will honor former Rocky Mount High School and North Carolina star Danny Talbott. From left are Talbott, his wife Myrlene and Ford at the 2010 Phil Ford Golf Classic Gala.

Talbott to be honored during Ford Classic

By Nick Piotrowicz

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Former Rocky Mount High School and North Carolina star Danny Talbott considers himself incredibly blessed. Talbott has the chance to experience each day, an opportunity he was not sure he would be granted after a 2010 diagnosis with multiple myeloma, which is cancer of the plasma in the blood cells.

Now finished with cancer treatment and in good health, Talbott, in conjunction with fellow Tar Heel and Rocky Mount native Phil Ford, is providing opportunities for children in the Twin Counties.

The fourth annual Phil Ford Golf Classic Gala Honoring Danny Talbott will be held on August 12 at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount. The event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Nash and Edgecombe Counties.

“Phil has done a super job of coming back and giving back to the community,” Talbott said of Ford, who was a three-time basketball All-American at UNC. “It’s a pleasure to be able to be involved with an event like this.”

Former Tar Heel and current Indiana Pacer Tyler Hansbrough will guest speak at the event, which is open to the public. Other notables that are scheduled to attend include former Los Angeles Lakers forward James Worthy and former Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Tony Womack, according to a news release from the Boys & Girls Club.

Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple, and may be purchased by calling (252) 977-9924 or visiting

“It’s awesome that Rocky Mount has the opportunity to give these kids a place to go, a place to learn and grow,” Talbott said. “It’s wonderful that it’s being held here.

“It’s a matter of being able to give back and to help the young people that will become the backbone of our community in the years to come.”

Talbott, who is retired after 33 years of work in pharmaceutical sales for Ortho-McNeil, is being honored for his many athletic feats and being a community presence. As a Blackbird, Talbott was the linchpin of four consecutive North Carolina State Championships in three different sports — 1962 football, 1962 basketball, 1962 baseball and 1963 football.

He played quarterback on the football team and first base on the baseball team for the Tar Heels, earning First Team All-ACC honors in both sports. He played one season of minor league baseball in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, then spent three years backing up Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgenson for Vince Lombardi’s Washington Redskins.

Talbott still resides in Rocky Mount, where he lives with his wife, Myrlene. He said his health has been great.

“I’m doing well,” Talbott said. “The doctors harvested my own stem cells and used them for my treatment, and I’m thankful to the Good Lord that I have a chance to keep going.”

According to the American Cancer Society, 35 percent of those diagnosed with multiple myeloma have a five-year survival rate. But Talbott, who will turn 67 in November, said his doctors’ prognosis for him is positive.

“They say everything looks good,” Talbott said. “I have another 10 to 12 years, maybe even more.”

Talbott said he was thankful to be able to participate in events like Ford’s, who followed his path from Rocky Mount to Chapel Hill.

“I know Phil was certainly after me,” Talbott said, laughing, “And I’d like to think I was as good as he was.”


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Danny and Phil


raising money

You could have a point - on the other hand the Boys and Girls Club is looking to raise money - reguarding celebrities, I agree - why Phil Ford? Danny on the other hand is a mountain of integrity - should help Phil a lot.

My Uncle

I am very proud of my Uncle Danny I thank GOD everyday for blessing our family with him and also the fact of him battling his illness things would never right without my Uncle Turkey lol , I love you Uncle Danny Rebekah Mae Talbott Kellum

Danny, I didn't know you had

Danny, I didn't know you had been sick, but glad to hear you are doing well.

I find this entire event to

I find this entire event to be a complete joke. The Boys and Girls Club is hosting this event at Benvenue Country Club, whose general manager claims that they are so excited to partner in this event because they are looking for ways to give back and be involved in the community. This coming from the GM of a club that will not allow blacks to even join their club!!! The Boys and Girls Club is only in this thing to try and look good, and wine and dine a few worn out celebs. If they truly wanted to make something big happen, and do something for the betterment of these kids, they would not have chosen Benvenue. Do you think Benvenue is going to host a camp or clinic, or let these little black kids come out and use their driving range, or learn the game after this event is over? Not a chance. If Phil and Tony Orr really cared about the kids, they would have this event at a course that welcomed kids and would embrace them, not a club that will turn their noses up at them when they have the money from the tourney collected. The people running this thing dont care about the kids, they just want a place to wine and dine some no name celebs. If it was truly worth anything, some real celebs would attend!!! I am disgusted by the lies that are being told here.

I bet you dont even know the

I bet you dont even know the GM of Benvenue do you? He is excited about this and has spent many hours preparing for it. Benvenue Country Club has black members and has had for years.I can see you have no clue as to what you are talking about and just want to spout lies. If you dont want to contribute to the event then dont!!! But dont criticize people who are doing something worthwhile!!!!!!

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