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Former Cherokee Co. Superintendent Passes Away

        The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of long-time Cherokee County Schools Superintendent Ed Arnold. Mr. Arnold, 79, died Saturday, Sept. 28 at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Ga.
        Arnold, who was the first elected superintendent of Cherokee County Schools in 1972, served 24 years in the position before stepping down. After graduating from Jacksonville State University, he began his long career in education as a teacher and coach at his alma mater, Cedar Bluff High School, in 1960. In 1965, he taught a year at Sand Rock, where he is credited with starting the football program.
        He went back to Cedar Bluff the following year. He then served as principal at Centre Elementary School before running for superintendent where he served six four-year terms.
        Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Shirley.
        Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Perry Funeral Home in Centre. 


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