2013 Members – Inducted October 11, 2013
JERRY BRIGANTE is an avid community supporter. He helped start the basketball “Tip-Off” Club and the holiday basketball tournament. He is a member of the All Sports Association Association and has been a mentor to many student athletes. His daughter, Samantha, and sons Geoff and Jerry, are all Choctaw graduates.
WALTER J. “JACKIE” BURKETT is a 1955 graduate and the most decorated athlete from Choctaw. As a Choctaw student he was an all-conference football player and captain of the basketball team. He received a scholarship to play football at Auburn University where he was an All- American player. He played professional football for the Baltimore Colts, the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. Mr. Burkett is in the Auburn Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He is a former Okaloosa County Commissioner who is now retired.
RAY GORAL took film footage of the Style Marchers dating back to the 1960s. For almost forty years he archived the performances of the band. He was an ever-present fixture for the Style Marchers who quietly showed up at every event to document it. In 2012 as part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration, Mr. Goral’s taped footage was compiled into a DVD that was released to the public. Mr. Goral died in 1998 where the Style Marchers had the honor of playing at his funeral.
BILLY MIKEL has been a part of the Choctaw Family in several capacities. He was a student (Class of 1967); athlete, coach, teacher and administrator. He received a football scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi where he broke all the records for wide receivers. He also played baseball at USM. In 1984 Mikel was inducted into the “M” Club Hall of Fame at USM. After college he took a position as the personnel director for the City of Ft. Walton Beach. As a coach at Choctaw he started the soccer program and coached football, golf and baseball.
FRED PITTS is a longtime employee and supporter of the Choctawhatchee Indians. Fred began his career with Choctaw teaching and coaching football and softball. He was the longtime voice of the Indians as the public address announcer, and also, for the Choctawhatchee Style Marchers. Fred is also the radio play-by-play voice of the Northwest Florida State Raiders Basketball teams