Goodbye Mister A


    robert alexanderCaddo Hills lost one of their biggest fans this weekend with the passing of Robert Alexander.
    Alexander passed away Saturday, April 16, after spending several days in the hospital.
    Known as Mister A by many around Caddo Hills, he spent the last 23 years sitting in the far corner of the Caddo Hills gymnasium keeping stats of every game.
    A Prescott native, Alexander ended up in Norman. A fan of basketball, he took to the Caddo Hills program as if he had been there his entire life. He started keeping statistics of all the games in 1993 and attended most every game until his passing.
    Alexander had stated in a conversation during the most recent season that he wasn’t sure if the coaches looked at his stats, but he enjoyed doing them so he kept at it.
    Coach James Owens stated Monday that Alexander’s contributions to the program were invaluable.
    “I used Mister A’s stats from this season this morning to figure our award winners.” Owens said.
    Alexander was a mainstay at the Caddo Hills Gym and for years didn’t miss a road game, often riding the bus with the team. Coach Jason Whitaker stated that Alexander had cut by on going to away games, but he could always be counted on at home.
    “I don’t think I have coached a game at Caddo Hills Gym without him.” Whitaker stated.
    Owens recounted a story from this past season when they had to return to a gym to pick up Alexander who had not noticed the team was leaving. A few days later they were at a tournament in Nashville. Owens shared that they decided to watch the game after Caddo Hills matchup. When they got to the bus Alexander was waiting. When asked why he was on the bus he replied that he “didn’t want to get left behind again.”
    He was a wealth of basketball knowledge. He always had a minute or two to share stories, or discuss the game being played. Coach Justin Henderson stated that he figured Alexander knew more about Caddo Hills basketball that most everyone else knew combined.
    Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 in the Mount Gilead Baptist Church with Bro. John McAnally and Bro. James Owens officiating.Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.

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