Weatherly died on Monday night in the locker room at East Newton near the finish of the preliminary junior varsity game between East Newton and Wheaton. He was 44.
Weatherly was in his 22nd year of teaching for the Pierce City School District, where he was a middle school social studies instructor, the assistant girls basketball coach and assistant football coach. Most recall the special interest he took in each of his students, assigning them a personal nickname.
"The kids loved him, and he loved the kids," said Superintendent Russ Moreland. "There wasn't a better guy.
"He was more than a teacher," Moreland said. "He was my friend."
Administrators at school on Tuesday allowed students to discuss their feelings concerning Weatherly's death. Additional counselors were brought in to counsel with students who needed help in verbalizing their sense of loss.
"The staff has been doing an excellent job," Moreland said. "They have been sharing funny stories and memories with students and each other.
"It's going to be tough," Moreland continued. "The first time the girls play a game and he's not there ... or the first football game that he's not there. It will be real tough."
Weatherly had served as head boys basketball coach for Pierce City from 1991 to 1994. He was defensive coordinator under Pierce City's head football coach, Mac Whitehead.
"He was unbelievably well respected here," Moreland said. "Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to the Weatherly family."
Weatherly is survived by his wife, Joni, and two daughters, Rachelle Weatherly and Breann Weatherly, all of Monett.
Visitation and funeral service information appears in today's obituaries on page 2. Monett Times Sports Editor Jared Lankford also shared his thoughts on Weatherly, and his column appears on page 3 of today's newspaper.