The Jack Fleming Statue
John and his wife Anita commissioned the Jack Fleming Statue in 2009, to finally give proper recognition to the talents and achievements of his brother who died at age 78 in 2001. After several meetings with the Flemings, the design of the famed announcer at work was created – his body leaning forward into the microphone, hands and eyes alight with excitement, an artist giving life to his words. Jerry West once called Jack Fleming “an artist with words”, and we thought this was the perfect title for the sculpture. Artist Jamie Lester captured in bronze, the voice and spirit of the announcer whose illustrious career spanned four decades – from the West Virginia Mountaineers, to the NFL‘s Pittsburgh Steelers, the NBA‘s Chicago Bulls, and the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy.
Jamie sculpted the life size bust of Jack Fleming from 2009 – 2010. John Fleming passed away on March 26th, 2010 before the bronze sculpture that he and his family had commissioned was finished. The statue now sits atop a beautiful custom cherry wood base constructed by Ronald Canady of MBC Woodshop in an alcove of the WVU Alumni Center called Fleming Corner. John Fleming’s legacy will live on in the statue he commissioned, to honor and recognize his older brother whom he loved – the talent that we all know as An Artist With Words, Leo W. “Jack” Fleming, Jr.