V I S I T A T I O N / F U N E R A L A N N O U N C E M E N T
Visitation for Charles Mitchell Torain will be on Friday, November 15 from 5-7 p.m. CST at the All Nations House of Prayer (313 Edwards Mill Road, Hopkinsville, KY).
Funeral services will be on Saturday, November 16 at Noon. The funeral is to be held at the First Missionary Baptist Church (20 South Elm Street) in Henderson, KY. There will be visitation at the church beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of Trevecca's first athletes has passed away. Charles Torain played for Trevecca's second men's basketball team, which was also the school's second intercollegiate athletic team during the 1969-1970 school year. The school started intercollegiate athletics by fielding a men's basketball team during the 1968-1969 school year. Torain also played for Trevecca's first two baseball teams.
Torain, a 6-2 forward from Hopkinsville, Ky., played three years of men's basketball and two years of baseball for Trevecca. He was inducted into the Trevecca Athletic Hall of Fame during the 2002 Homecoming basketball games.
During his freshman year (1969-1970), he played for men's basketball for head coach Bill Boner. Boner, who was also the athletic director, would later become a U.S. Congressman and Nashville mayor. Under the coaching of Boner and the play of Torain, the team produced its first winning season, 12-8, following the 0-10 record which the first team recorded in the first season.
In his junior basketball season, Torain averaged 17.8 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game during the season, and in the SCAC Tournament, he averaged 28 points per game and 14 rebounds per game. Torain was named to the All-SCAC Tournament Team and was the Trevecca Invitational Tournament MVP. The team excelled with a 19-9 record and won the Southern Christian Athletic Conference. The team was coached by Chet Foracker, who was assisted by baseball coach Bill Green.
In his senior basketball, Torain led the team, averaging 19.7 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game, and was named to the All-SCAC Tournament Team. Torain's highlights include scoring 17 field goals in one game in his junior year vs. Bryan College and scoring 571 points in one season. Richard Haynes was the coach of the 1972-1973 team.
In his three seasons Torain scored 1,384 points to establish himself, at the time, as Trevecca's all-time leading scorer. He held the scoring record for 10 years and the career-rebound record for five seasons.
He played on Trevecca's first two baseball teams. Both seasons were under the leadership of head coach Bill Green. He was a pitcher and outfielder for the 1971 and 1972 teams. In 1972 he produced a .290 batting average at the plate.
Charles graduated in 1973 with a major in physical education and a minor in sociology.
Charles and his wife, Deborah, lived in Henderson, KY. They had five children, Tracy, Kelvin, Stephanie, James, and Shameika.