The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death Howard “Mouse” Waldrep, 89. Mr. Waldrep passed away Feb. 2 at home after an extended illness with his wife of 69 years Mary Green Waldrep and other family members with him. “Howard Waldrep was one of those people who knew how to lead,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “His life of service is one we should all try to emulate. Our prayers go out to his wife and family and all who knew and loved him.” Mr. Waldrep was an outstanding student-athlete in Calhoun County graduating from Anniston High School in 1949. He earned a basketball scholarship to Snead State Community College and Jacksonville State University where he helped both schools enjoy some of their finest seasons. He had a life of service in the AHSAA, first as a teacher and coach at Piedmont High School where he taught and coached for 14 years. He moved to Walter Wellborn High School in 1969 as principal, remaining there until his retirement in 1993. He served on the District 6 Legislative Council of the AHSAA and was a member of the Central Board of Control – serving one term as president. He also served on the Calhoun County Board of Education after his retirement. Mr. Waldrep was a proud veteran who served in Korea. He was a combat-wounded Purple Heart recipient. The veteran administrator was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and was also elected to the Calhoun County Hall of Fame. A memorial service is planned Thursday at 5 p.m. at Walter Wellborn High School’s Howard Waldrep Gymnasium. The family will receive friends tonight, February 5, at Eulaton United Methodist Church from 5-8 p.m. Donations may be made to the Howard “Mouse” Waldrep, Jr. scholarship fund at Piedmont High School, through the Piedmont Education Trust, P.O. Box 819, Piedmont, AL 36272 , Wellborn High School, 135 Pinson Road, Anniston, Al 36201 or Alexandria High School 353 Stadium Drive Alexandria, AL 36250.