Cherokee County students, faculty remember athlete killed in crash

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Photo: CCHS (Cherokee County High School students and teachers took time to remember 16-year-old Nathan Pittman. He was killed over the weekend in a crash.)

By Byron Khalil, ABC 3340

CENTRE, Ala. — The Cherokee County community is remembering a student-athlete known for his great qualities on and off the field.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan Pittman died in a car crash over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The crash happened Saturday night on Highway 411 outside of Leesburg.

“If you were at CCHS or even Centre Middle School, you knew Nathan Pittman,” Principal Seth Neyman said.

Sunday night students organized a vigil at the football stadium where Pittman played defensive end and tight end.

“[He] wanted to do good for us, wanted to do good for his team and his teammates,” Coach Jacob Kelley said. “Toward the end of the year he really, really just came on strong for us.”

A wall inside the school is dedicated to Pittman.

Students and faculty have written messages of fond memories and prayers.

“He never left the room or wherever he was going without telling you ‘I love you man stay safe,” Slade Alexander said about his teammate. “That’s one thing I always noticed about Nathan. He cares about everybody.”

Those who knew Pittman say they’ll celebrate the life of a young man who impacted not only his teammates and teachers but an entire county.

“If he sees somebody messing with you he’s going to come and take up for you. It just doesn’t matter,” Damien Ramsey, a CCHS football player said.

The visitation for Nathan Pittman was Monday at 6 p.m. at the Perry Funeral Home in Centre.

The funeral is Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. with the burial to follow at the Cherokee Memory Gardens.

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