Memorial held for Bessemer teacher

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Friends, family, students and fellow teachers are remembering a beloved teacher who died last week while teaching at Bessemer City High School.

Clarence Blackmon, who was 68, taught science at the high school and previously coached at Alabama A&M, earning him the nickname "Coach" from his current students.

Blackmon's memorial service is being held at New Bethlehem Baptist Church. Since 4 p.m. people have stopped by to listen to words of comfort from friends.

Earlier in the day, Bessemer High School's principal Jerome Cook spoke the support the school has received from nearby schools during this time of grief.

"We're asking for everybody to please keep us in their prayers. We've had a great outpouring," Cook said. "I've talked to a number of colleagues from surrounding schools in the city of Birmingham, as well as Midfield, Fairfield, offering whatever they can do to help us here."

The funeral for Blackmon will be held Tuesday in Tuscaloosa at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

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