Dr. Gerald Stockton passed away Monday, his funeral was held this afternoon on the court that bears his name inside D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Folks filed into MSU's D.L. Ligon Coliseum just as they had years before.
But Wednesday afternoon there were no roars from the crowd after a victory, only silence and reflection, remembering the man who changed MSU basketball for the better.
“As a coach I think he used the platform of basketball to use life lessons, and he gave us a game plan as players and as a coach to teach us to do the same thing for our children and for other people that we are around,” said Chuck Hall who played basketball at MSU in 1981, '82 and '83.
But those weren't the only ones.
“As great of coach as he was, he was a better dad, and I'll miss him,” said Stockton's son, Greg Stockton.
And for players like Isaac DeVore who said he didn't grow up with a dad, Stockton made him who he is today and invested the time needed to make him a better man.
And though Coach Stockton may be gone, his teachings live on, through the people he touched.
“I teach values, I teach life lessons, I teach the same things that he taught me when I was a player here at Midwestern State University,” said Hall.
Although his title is officially Dr. Gerald Stockton, he always wanted to be referred to as "coach" because it was on the basketball court where he felt he made the most impact on lives of young men.
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