On Monday, Dec. 13 the Pierce City community lost an iconic and influential man Doug Weatherly touched, shaped and molded the minds and hearts of young men and women in the Pierce City school system for 22 years.
Doug was one of the first acquaintances I made when I took the sport editor's position at The Monett Times. His personality was one that made him instantly likeable to those he met, incredibly motivational to those he coached and forever endearing to those he loved.
Although my time with Doug was brief, there were several things about his life that quickly became apparent in every conversation in which we engaged. He loved to coach, he always had a joke to tell you and he loved his family.
I was quickly able to build a rapport with Doug. We even started a pregame football ritual, before every Pierce City game I would give Doug a package of sunflower seeds and wish him luck. By season's end he had quite a collection of half-eaten bags in his office.
I used to joke and give Doug a hard time about the quotes he would give me for the paper. Doug was never at a loss for words, especially when it came to a Pierce City football game that had just been played. But the moment I asked him for a quote for the paper, three word phrases were all he could muster.
On Monday, I was privileged to spend 30 minutes talking to Doug before the left this earth. I asked him for a scouting report on East Newton and if he had a quote for the paper. "Ya, I have a quote for you," said Doug. "We're calling this game the Alamo if 187 Texans could keep 3,000 solders of the Mexican Army out of the Alamo for 13 days, then five girls from Pierce City can keep 13 girls from East Newton out of the paint for 32 minutes."
On behalf of The Monett Time and myself, we wish to offer our condolences to the Weatherly family. Doug was a treasure that you richly shared with us. God bless you all.