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DARNELL, Sheldon W. “Coach,” passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at the age of 85.

He was born in East Tallassee, Alabama. He graduated from Reeltown High School (Class of 1957). He attended Southern Union Jr. College with a football scholarship. He was Vice President of the student body. He then graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Physical Education and a minor in Mathematics. Later, he received a M.ED in education and also certification in administration K-12. Sheldon was a successful high school coach for 26 years, having coached at Reeltown & Tallassee as an assistant coach, head coach at Winterboro, Wetumpka, and Childersburg. He was principal at Eclectic Elementary and Reeltown High School for a total of 13 years. After retiring in 2000, he worked with the Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama High School Athletic Association on a contract basis. He was a Master Gardner. Sheldon loved football and Auburn University. He and his wife, Jackie, “Traveled with the Tigers” many years.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie; nieces & nephews; sister Patsy (Curtis) Patterson. Sheldon was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur & Ruby Darnell and sister Brenda.

The family will receive friends, Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Providence Primitive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall with a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at the church cemetery with Elder Steve Flowers and Rev. Derek Gentle officiating.

All former football players of Coach Darnell are asked to be at the cemetery to form a victory line.

Memorials may be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletics, P.O. Box 230685, Montgomery, Alabama 36123 or to The Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA. 30502.