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.
It is with great sadness to report our long time Head Football Coach Jim Drewry has passed away at the age of 86. Arrangements for Coach Drewry are:Visitation Friday April 27 5-9 at First Baptist Church Booneville Funeral 11:00 Saturday April 28 at First Baptist Church Booneville pic.twitter.com/GlFu87daSm
— WBIP FM 99.7-AM 1400 (@WBIPSports) April 24, 2018
Sad to hear about the death of Coach Jim Drewry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Vardaman Football (@VHSRamsFootball) April 24, 2018
Sadden to hear of the passing of Jim Drewry. He was a legend, a great coach and an even better man. We send our prayers to his family as well as all former players whose lives he touched.
— Baldwyn Bearcat FB (@BearcatFB) April 24, 2018
The #Tach family sends it’s sincerest condolences to @bluedevilsath on the passing of 49 year head football coach Jim Drewry, a true legend in MS High School Athletics. May he Rest In Peace, and may his family and former players find comfort in his loss. ��������
— MantachieSports (@MantachieSports) April 24, 2018