Bearl Oneal Whitsett

August 26, 1934December 1, 2018

Bearl Whitsett was born on August 26, 1935 in Rogersville, Alabama. He passed away on December 1, 2018. He was a graduate of Florence State College (UNA) and was a member of the football team. He received the Most Valuable Back award in 1958. He was elected to the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Mr. Whitsett served Decatur City Schools for 30 years. He was the first head coach of Austin High School, and later served as Assistant Principal and Principal. He was also a member of Decatur Rotary Club, where he served as President and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Mattie Absher Whitsett; his mother, Marie Waddell; and his brother DC Waddell. He is survived by his son, Greg Whitsett; daughters, Kim Whitsett Morris and Glee Whitsett Booth; brother, James Waddell; sister, Shelby Tucker, and eight grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Roselawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Burningtree Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers: Greg Whitsett, Paul Morris, Matthew Morris, Richard Pace, Billy Miles, and Kneeland Hibbett. Honorary Pallbearers: Tom Calvin, Bill Brunner, and Glen Spiller. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Humane Society or the Austin athletic booster club.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bearl Oneal Whitsett

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Vivian Phelps (Smith)

December 5, 2018

RIP ....Well done Coach Whitsett... I remember him well as I was in the first graduating class at Austin... my prayers are with all of you his family

Gary A Mummert.

December 4, 2018

Coach was one of my favorite people and one of my "B" Team coaches at Decatur High School. I was a pretty good placekicker and after kicking several difficult field goals, Coach started calling me "The Toe."

Coach was positive influence for the youth in Decatur and will be missed.

Gary A Mummert, DHS Class of 1963 & a Shorty's Boy

Larry Sparks

December 3, 2018

Going into 7th grade several of us went out for the “junior B” team at DHS Junior High. Well after a few days of fundamentals, Coach Whitsett sat us down and explained that the team would only be 8th graders. Well we were down but he went down the bench and complimented each one of us, and said he expected us to be back out later that year. The problem was he was one coach and was wearing many hats. Of course today middle schools have full fledged teams with several coaches! I’ve never forgotten the time he took with a bunch of raw young kids to offer encouragement. A class act and a great coach as well. My sympathies to the family.