Travis Whittaker Death, Obituary – According to the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Travis “Max” Whittaker, principal of Florala High School, died at the age of 58. On Sunday morning, just three days before his 59th birthday, he died of medical complications.
“Our hearts go out to Mr. Whittaker’s family, as well as the Florala High School students and teachers,” said Alvin Briggs, Executive Director of the AHSAA. We hope that God’s love will sustain them during this trying time. “Everyone in his family is an educator, and he has dedicated his life to that mission,” Briggs added.
He was overjoyed at the numerous successes he had witnessed during his tenure as principal at Florala. His positive influence on Florala and the state’s youth will be felt for a long time. Mr. Whittaker, principal at Florala in the Covington School System since 2016, was especially proud of Florala’s boys’ basketball team, which qualified for the South Regional Tournament, according to Wildcats head coach Troy Turman.
He informed his team on Sunday afternoon. “The players, like us, were pretty much numbed,” Turman said. I told them how proud Mr. Whittaker was of them after they won the game that clinched their spot in the regionals on Tuesday night.
We told the players that Mr. Whittaker would expect them to give it their all in our game on Monday.” After winning the Class 1A, Area 2 championship this season, Florala (21-7) will face Choctaw County (14-7) in the South Regional Basketball semifinals on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl MultiPlex.
The game was supposed to be played last Thursday, but it had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. Turman believes the team’s character and effort both on and off the field have brought the school and community together. “The community and school are ecstatic,” he said.
“Mr. Whittaker adored them and was their staunchest defender.” Whittaker, who grew up in New Brockton, attended Enterprise State Junior College before going on to Troy University, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social science education, as well as certification in educational leadership and administration.
He has previously taught and served as principal at Goshen High School, Enterprise City Schools, and the Geneva County School System. Tracy, his wife, and their two sons are all educators. Their daughter is currently in eighth grade. Sunday night, funeral arrangements were unavailable.