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Lineville assistant principal dies in accident
By Dan Whisenhunt Staff Writer

School administrators confirmed Monday that Gerry Elliott, assistant principal of both Lineville High and Elementary schools died Saturday after a hunting accident. Elliott, 39, was an agricultural science teacher with Clay County schools for about 12 years before he was promoted, Superintendent Ben Griffin said. Griffin said based on reports he’s heard, Elliott was hunting Saturday morning when the accident happened. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. School officials said grief counselors are on hand today and Griffin said the schools will dismiss early Tuesday for the funeral. Services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mellow Valley Baptist Church. The family will receive friends beginning at 4 p.m. today at the church. Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville is in charge of arrangements.


An assistant principal at Lineville Elementary and High Schools died in a hunting accident over the weekend, the Clay County coroner said Monday. Gerald “Gerry” Elliot, 39, was out turkey hunting early Saturday when he tried to climb a barbed-wire fence and slipped, Coroner Dale Rush said.


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