Gary Felmet plays
guitar and sings at a
“I was raised in Randolph,” he said.
“We moved to Leonard when I was 12.
I went to junior high and high school
here. Played every sport.”
Randolph Elementary was the site of
Felmet’s first musical performance.
“When I was in the first grade,
1956, we had to sing or so some kind
of performance for our class,” he said.
“I pantomimed you ain’t nothing but a
hound dog by Elvis Presley when I was
6. I knew the words.”
Another time he was asked to join a
country and western band on stage at an
auditorium in Randolph.
“I’m oogling the guitars and all the
musicians and the stuff that they’re
doing and they took a break, ‘So you
got a request let us know,’” he said. “So I
write down Hound Dog. Hand it to the
guy. Go back and sit down. So he said
we’ve got a request here for Hound Dog.
So who made that request? I sheepishly
raise my hand and he said, ‘So we don’t
know that. Can you sing that?’
“I said I sure can. My mom and dad
were like crawling under the chairs. I’m
on stage and I walk up there. ‘You ain’t
nothing but a …,’ I sang it like that
and they just went crazy. My mom and
daddy were so embarrassed. The crowd
went nuts. The guys in the band were
The band enjoyed young Gary’s
impromptu performance so much they
invited the young Felmet to sing with
them at another show. His parents said
However, his parents encouraged
his participation in sports. He earned
all-district honors and was the captain
on the Leonard football, basketball and
baseball teams. Though he weighed only
about 125 pounds, Felmet played wide
receiver and defensive back in football,
guard in basketball and shortstop in
Felmet entertained ideas of playing
college baseball but his athletic career
took another direction.
“I kicked around a while, not
knowing what to do and somebody
said, ‘Why don’t you coach?’”
After graduating from East Texas
State in 1979, Felmet launched his
coaching career that same year at
Quinlan as the head freshman football
and basketball coach.
30 Greenville Life SPRING 2020