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Legendary Booneville coach Jim Drewry passes away

One of North Mississippi's greatest high school football coaches has passed away.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 10:38 AM
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 11:36 PM

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - One of North Mississippi's greatest high school football coaches has passed away.

Longtime Booneville head football coach Jim Drewry died at the age of 86.

"When you think about high school football, you think of Jim Drewry," said Booneville coach Mike Mattox.

However, wins were not the only emphasis of Coach Drewry.

"He's was a great influence. He was just like a second father to many of us and like a father to some who didn't have one," Mattox said. "He always talked about a brotherhood. It was more like a family atmosphere around. That's what kept us. I guess you could say it was a bond."

Mattox says Drewry never forgot a player and will remain with the community.

His visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Booneville.

His funeral is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 at First Baptist Church in Booneville.

Many local schools expressed their sadness.

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