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Alexander Trancil Durley
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Birth: Feb. 5, 1937
Camp County
Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 30, 1984
Jefferson County
Texas, USA

Bose Howard Durley
Mattie Mae Taylor

Alexander Durley, a football coach credited wtih pulling white and black communities together by leading West Brook High School to a state championship the year after a desegregation order created the school, has died of lung cancer. Durley died Monday at Beaumont's St. Elizabeth Hospital. He had been hospitalized since April 19. His funeral is tentatively set for 1 p.m. Saturday at East Mount Olive Baptist church. "He was the catalyst that brought this school together and made it a community," West Brook principal Jerry Mallett said. West Brook was created in 1982 as part of U.S. District Judge Robert Parker's order desegregating the former South Park Independent School District, now united with the Beaumont School district. The orer fused chiefly white Forest Park High school and mostly black Hebert High School. Durley had been coach at Hebert since 1975. His team won a state 3-A football championship in 1976. Forest Park, by contrast, had a mediocre football tradition. West Brook lost four early season games in 1982, leading to meetings of black parents who accused Durley of starting too many white players. "Durley never doubted he had a good team," Mallett said. "He just kep saying that things would get better when everything jelled and everyone was put in the right place." Mallett said the championship brought the student body and the community together much quicker than school administrators had thought possible. 
Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home
Jefferson County
Texas, USA
Plot: Garden of Roses
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Record added: Apr 03, 2011
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Alexander Trancil Durley
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