Deshler community pays final respects to beloved coach

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Mourners gather to pay their final respects to the family of Deshler football coach Jake Linville at First United Methodist Church in Tuscumbia on Thursday. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – The Deshler community continues to mourn the sudden passing of their beloved head football coach.

Hundreds gathered at First United Methodist Church in Tuscumbia on Thursday to say their final goodbyes to Jake Linville and remember the good times he shared with them.

Linville died Sunday, October 19.  He was in his first year as head football coach at Deshler, but he had already made a serious impact on the students and teachers.

Many of the students who attended the visitation used the time to remember how quirky Linville was.

“He would always play this Elvis video in class, and do this little dance move with it. He could just make you happy no matter what you were going through,” explained Deshler High student Kaylee Denton.

This has been a hard week for the Deshler students.

Many have gathered throughout the week to lean on one another to help deal with the passing.  And teachers say they have been spent many hours trying to support the students and help them understand.

“It’s just been devastating, heartbreaking, just an up and down roller coaster, just a rim of emotions. We just try and encourage our kids, and just try and be there in support for them,” said Deshler teacher Gwendolyn Rorer.

And from the showing during visitation, Linville will be missed by hundreds of people he helped during his years on and off the gridiron.

The Deshler Tiger football team has dedicated the rest of their football season to Coach Jake Linville.

You can continue to show support on social media through the hashtag #Deshler.