Stacey Watters, Son Die in Crash

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Authorities say former Linden High School assistant football coach, Stacey Watters, and his 10-year-old son, Quinton, were killed in a vehicle crash in central Florida.

Stacey Watters and sons, Quinton (left) and Jai (right). Photo courtesy:

Authorities say an Alabama high school football coach and his 10-year-old son were killed in a central Florida crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 38-year-old Stacy Watters pulled out in front of a box truck Thursday morning, causing the truck to hit his car.

FHP says Watters and his son, Quentin, died at the scene.

Watters' 9-year-old son, Jai, suffered critical injuries in the collision. He was taken to an Orlando hospital, followed by family members that had been riding in another vehicle. The family had
just returned from a cruise.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Watters coached at Carroll High School in Ozark, Ala., where he was hired as a physical education teacher last spring.

The crash remains under investigation. The box truck's driver wasn't injured.

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  • by Kili Datcher Location: Melvin,Albama on Jul 17, 2012 at 08:30 AM
    Thanks for all the support to my family everyone, Were still hurting but we know god didnt make any mistakes Im Stacey Second cousin and jai and Quint.. Send prayers to his mother Shirley and the kids mom Courtney, Thanks!
  • by Randy Location: Tampa on Jun 3, 2012 at 06:02 AM
    To the Watters family...we lift you up today and may God's presence soothe your hearts
  • by Woodrena McWilliams Location: Meridian Ms. on May 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    My heart is sadden from this terrible loss. I knew the parents well and taught the boys at the Childrens Connection....I am in Prayer for Courtney and Family....soooo sad :(
  • by anita Location: cuba,al on May 27, 2012 at 08:11 PM
    stacey and his family lived in meridian,ms next door to my mother mrs cockrell. she thought alot of the boys and often mentioned them. We extend our heartfelt condolence to the family and pray for Jai to come thru his injuries. God Bless all
  • by MC on May 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    My prayers are with his family, may they find strength through this trying time!!! God knows best....
  • by Shayla on May 26, 2012 at 09:08 AM
    Praying for the family, Lord you know best
  • by Teri Location: Georgia on May 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
    I worked with Coach Watters at Twiggs County High School. I am in a state of shock over this news. I remember him as a happy, positive, smiling, hardworking man. He carried himself with respect and dignity and was an excellent example for the young men that he helped coach. He bragged on his two boys all the time. My deepest sympathies to his family. Such a senseless tragedy...
  • by DeAndrae R. Sewell I Location: Tuscaloosa, Al on May 25, 2012 at 01:44 PM
    When I started teaching at Sumter County High School in August 2006, Coach Watters was one of the first ppl I met. He had the spirit of a kind person who wanted nothing but the best in life. I started working with him as his sports media/academic advisor to the football team, then I became his running backs coach. Everyday, he gave 100 percent to his football players,his students,and family which motivated you to give your all in whatever you did. Despite not having the support he deserved, Coach Watters worked extremely hard with what he had. His players believed in him, and he touched several ppl on and off the football field. He taught me alot about the game of life and football!! I consider myself a very blessed man to known him as a person, a mentor, a co-worker, and serving as an assistant for Coach Watters for three years, my heart is deeply saddend by this tragedy. May God be with his family during their hour of bereavement!!
  • by Parent on May 25, 2012 at 01:24 PM
    This has broken my heart. As a mother of two boys I can't imagine what this family is going through. Praying for the family.
  • by Commissioner Location: Lauderdale on May 25, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    These two little boys played football for southeast lauderdale rookie football program. It really hurts when you lose children that you have the privilege of being part of their lives. Their dad was a good man. I had the opportunity to meet him at ball games and talk with him. Quentin was a super kid but as much as it saddens me I do know that he's playing football on the greatest team there is now. Gods team. I'm praying for Jai and I really hope that he pulls through. It's very sad but it is a reminder that our children are gifts from God but they're also his. We never know or understand why things happen but we have to have faith and never miss an opportunity to tell your children you love them. I know Stacy was a good father and loved his children. I pray for their mom as she goes through this that God will comfort her. Quentin will never be forgotten. His memory will live forever as long as I'm the commissioner over the southeast youth football. He will be remembered this up coming year. Once again my prayers go out to Jai for healing and to the families of Stacy and Quenton watters.
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