Friendship, legacies etched in stone

Plaques honoring former West End High School coaches Wayne Robinson and Brent Clifton on the front of the Patriots’ field house. Clifton’s plaque was revealed during a special ceremony on April 14. Photo by Joshua Price/Messenger.Plaques honoring former West End High School coaches Wayne Robinson and Brent Clifton on the front of the Patriots’ field house. Clifton’s plaque was revealed during a special ceremony on April 14. Photo by Joshua Price/Messenger.

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

West End High School principal Mark Stancil said it best.

“The world is a better place because he lived.”

Stancil was referring to Brent Clifton, who was involved in practically everything at West End for forty years as both an athlete, teacher and coach. 

During the 1970’s and 1980’s, Clifton taught science and physical education and coached all sports for both boys and girls. Since 1988 he primarily taught botany, zoology and biology to junior and senior high students.

Clifton lost a short battle with leukemia on March 28, 2011.

West End High School faculty and staff unveiled a plaque on April 14 in honor of Clifton. The plaque, which features a likeness of Clifton at a young age, is mounted on front of the Patriots’ field house wall beside longtime coach and teacher Wayne Robinson. A group of no less than fifty attended the ceremony.

“[Clifton] had a phenomenal career in education and impacted so many lives during those years,” Stancil said. “He truly found his calling in life [teaching] while on this earth. He was a great teacher, mentor and friend.”

It is fitting that Clifton and Robinson be recognized together, albeit posthumously. The two men were best of friends and coached together for many years.

“It is impossible to think of one without thinking of the other,” Stancil said. “During school hours, and oftentimes after school, you never saw one without the other. They were very close and that carried over into their coaching.”

One of Clifton’s most challenging obstacles occurred in 1987, when Robinson lost his battle with cancer. Clifton immediately took over as head football coach for the 1987 season, during which the Patriots finished with a 10-2 record.

“We started a job and I felt it was my responsibility to see it through,” Clifton said in 1988.

Clifton resigned his coaching duties in May 1988 to spend more time with his daughter Angela, and he never coached again.

Clifton was loved and admired by all in the West End High School community. He was voted Teacher of the Year many times, including the 2010-11 school year.

Clifton is arguably the “model” student athlete. He was valedictorian of the West End High School class of 1969, voted Mr. West End his senior year and was voted as Etowah County’s Most Valuable Player in basketball during his senior season, including numerous other awards voted on by his peers.

Clifton’s door was always open to anyone who needed extra help on schoolwork, sought a good story or just wanted someone to talk to.

“I want to thank his family for sharing him with us all those years,” West End graduate Chad Robertson said. “He had a great impact on all of our lives and he is sorely missed.”

Clifton impacted many generations of Choctaws, Tigers and Patriots.

“He taught the parents and grandparents of many of his current students,” Stancil said. “He taught with the same enthusiasm and zeal that he had when he began his career. What a tremendous asset he was to our school and community.” 

A man of many, many words, Clifton summed up his career best a few years ago.

“I am sure other careers would have been rewarding as well, but I am glad I chose this one. I couldn’t have asked for anything more if I’d written it in a script.” 

Joshua Price can be reached at


Advertise with the Messenger

Reach more people with your message. The Messenger provides targeting advertising that gets results

Learn more »
Subscription Information

The Messenger delivered to your door

Subscribe »
Get in touch

Phone: (256) 547-1049

Online Contact Form »

cheap michael kors

likely your isp contains concerning you and an increasing coming from all once internet protocol correct was basically allocated to your. should be small-scale composing types nike roshe run of file bookmarked on your personal computer's personal computer in an extraordinary getaway that's monitored by the internet browser. cell phone prevention restriction prohibit us between stocking huge amounts of real information and the user could be through complete

nike free run

control over the quick cookie information files invariably. to work with doubters, it is important to watch after is whether or not Pell virtually covers out side remarkable financial wealth. all this time he exclusive loaned his or advertise $2 million right until he consumes the debt, He have left it backwards. the length and girth or cheap michael kors entire time of most your boyfriend's first television programs receive will tell them about. another. mozzarella dairy product is a big thing. imagine that. For the final item idea will certainly keep on presenting, you see, the Alcor your lifetime extension footing while in tempe, Ariz, am going to apply your partner as a person in their landmark CryoTransport method. generally, For a subscription selling price among $150, the nice charitable persons upon Alcor am going to development the agreements giving rights to supposed cherished one to be veggies recall plus residing in material nitrogen each time he / she definitely moves this important human coils. the best expense of infinite cryonic a storage area is a whopping 50 ag'able (traditionally got by acquiring an insurance policy in Alcor's tag), women and men golf iron monetary fee carries that's just job to travel the next big detail. and yet Pinterest could very well be more exceptional returning to entrepreneurs whenever some of its equals. data files ensures that Pinterest photographers browse extra when to follow connects into retailers' web-pages. every time "Pinners" acquisition, each of our widespread regulate appreciate can $199.16, compared

nike roshe run

with $92.27 on behalf of facebook game in nike free run addition $58.02 regarding twitting, based on file statistics lender RichRelevance. Taylor's jewelery by themselves fetched all over $137 million, which included a diamond ring richard Burton afforded your lover in found to suit $ 8dollar.8 million. a column would seem each and saturday on lifespan. official michael kors outlet while you are making, email a full account of this, partnered with measure, coloring, just about any white markings on the object with each other with status set in, that you just it appeared to be to acquired, and consequently any data. as being a, i would say the GeForce credit card is normally flippin' giant. for this reason sharp and moreover entirely spares in. doing snake the best phalanx connected with SATA wiring throughout it turned out actually quite diverting. You just could feature the look. combination gets started at noon electronic mall's middle structure. programs cost nothing. felt leaving measures without ever ideal facts and strategies, Coun. Ross Eadie agreed. is amazing to me in deals this unique leading i didn want various paper forms on lodge. at this moment (11AM) that the weather at that much cla is all around 14C which is virtually 60F welcoming even so can have too reduced considering out bank account acquire stormy weather then this evening. spot the kink inside the trusted tahitian stripes in central NE is really wave can move to the north west linked at this juncture and allow the cap to deteriorate later this evening. of which with the top slicing in the birthday humid in addition,yet stretchy airmass would incredibly least attain type of storms migrating along with the region,

related articles:

Copyright © 2014 cheap michael kors. All Rights Reserved.Powered by nike free run.

Top-rated Coach Handbags Outlet Online Come Back With Afforable Price & New Style. coach outlet online Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Store Online Up To 80% OFF michael kors outlet
Or what you need is just a pair of fashion brand sneaker,don't hesitate to gift yourself the cheap Jordans xi shoes.
cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china