East Alabama Legend Bobby Beckett Passes Away


The horn has sounded and the final whistle blown for Coach Bobby Beckett of Centre, who passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the age of 75.

Mr. Beckett was happiest when teaching and coaching high school sports. He coached at West Jefferson, Ragland, Cherokee County, Gaylesville, Collinsville, Gadsden City and Chattooga High Schools. He truly loved every school, community, student and fellow teacher and had a great passion for the education field.

Mr. Beckett's career was highlighted by winning two state baseball championships at Cherokee County High School, baseball state runner-up at Ragland, assistant basketball state runner-up at Ragland and football runner-up as an assistant at Cherokee County High. Mr. Beckett was part of 471 wins in football, baseball, track and boys and girls basketball.

Mr. Beckett helped start or restart baseball at Cherokee County, Ragland and Gaylesville, as well as girls basketball at Cherokee County.

In 2009, he was elected to the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame, and the high school baseball field at Cherokee County is named after him. He passed on his love for coaching to his son, Alan Beckett, who is the head coach and AD at Winterboro.

Coach Bobby Beckett was laid to rest on Friday in Cherokee County.

Information Courtesy: Bobby Beckett Obituary (Gadsden Times)

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