North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Veteran Football/wrestling Official Dies

ASHEVILLE — A long time two-sport official has died, according to various media reports.

Terry Stamey, a veteran football and wrestling official, passed away on New Year’s Day after being hospitalized for a little over a week with a serious infection in his neck. He was 50 years of age.

A resident of Haywood County, Stamey had worked games during the 2012 football season and had previously worked in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state football championship games in 2010.

He had also officiated in a number of NCHSAA wrestling tournaments. He worked high school wrestling for 29 years and football for almost 20 seasons.

In memory of Stamey, Enka High School announced through the Asheville Citizen-Times that Saturday’s 10th annual Air Force Enka Duals wrestling tournament will be dedicated to Stamey. After expenses for the event, money will be donated to the Stamey family and the officials working the event will also be donating money as a group.