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Last Thursday, the school corporation took another hit with the loss of Barry Clements.


Clements was an assistant girls basketball coach, golf coach, Title 1 Coordinator and even drove a bus.

He began driving a bus in 1984 and became a teacher at the school in 2006.

Students and coworkers of Clements were devastated at the news of the death of the 57-year-old.

Many of the students took to social media to express their feelings.

Sophomore to be Taylor Foutch said, “My heart goes out to the Clements family and everyone else who had the honor to meet Coach B. He was so goofy, so of course me and him clicked really easy. He was such an awesome guy, and never had anything else but a smile on his face!”

Junior to be Hattie Griffitts said on her facebook page, “My heart is hurting and so are many others,” she said. “When I heard the news today I just couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to believe it. I went through my messages trying to find a text from him. I went through my camera roll to try to find basketball pics with him in it.”

The students weren’t the only ones affected by the loss.

Superintendent Keith Nance said the school corporation lost a member of its family and he made a statement on the school’s social media page.

“It has taken me hours to write this post because I don’t know what to say or how to comfort everyone. We all love the Clement’s family. They are so deeply tied to our community and they are a part of the foundation of our WW family.

“Barry Clements passed away Thursday and the WW community is overcome with grief. We try to understand why, but the answer will always be allusive.

“Barry was a man that would do anything for you, and it did not matter who you were. His service to others was not done out of obligation or for reward, he was just a giving man, a man that loved others and loved his community.

“Please pray for Nannette, his sons and his family. Please pray for his friends, neighbors and co-workers. Please pray for our kids that love Barry so much. We will all need one another’s love and support in the coming days, weeks and months.

“Barry has played an important part in many of our lives. Please remember his giant smile and his infectious laughter. And never forget his love for all of us.”

Nance said the school corporation is offering support to anyone in need during this difficult time.

Individual or group counseling for students (can include family), staff or alumni will be provided free of charge. Contact the WWSC Office at 812-755-4872 and an appointment will be arranged.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:11