The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of Cherokee County High School coach Bobby Beckett, 75, who died April 13. Mr. Beckett was inducted into the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame in in 2009.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Peggy. His son Alan Beckett also followed his dad into coaching.
“We offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Coach Beckett,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and with his extended coaching family in Alabama, especially Cherokee County.”
Coach Beckett, a graduate of Winterboro High School, began his career as a head coach in 1971 at Ragland High School. He moved to Cherokee County High School in 1975 where he served as an assistant football coach until 1991. While serving as defensive coordinator in 1985, the Warriors finished as 4A state runners-up.
Coach Beckett later became the head football coach at CCHS and led the team to an area championship in 1998. He served as the head baseball coach at CCHS from 1976 until 1990 where he won back-to-back state championships in 1980 and 1981 and directed Ragland to a runner-up finish in 1971. His overall baseball coaching record was 218-98.The baseball field at Cherokee County was also named in his honor.
He started both the girls’ basketball program at CCHS and the baseball program at Gaylesville High School. During his coaching tenure in the state of Alabama, Coach Beckett coached in four state championship games in two different sports.
A proud military veteran who served a tour in Vietnam from 1967-68, he also had teaching/coaching stops at Collinsville, Gadsden, West Jefferson and Chattooga high schools.
veteran and served in 1967-68.
His funeral service was April 15. Memorials may be made to the Centre First Methodist Church and American Cancer Society.