Celebration of life for Shorter’s Ryan Dupree set for Saturday in Madison, Ala.

Celebration of life for Shorter’s Ryan Dupree set for Saturday in Madison, Ala.

Ryan Dupree


From Legacy Chapel Funeral Home, Madison, Ala. Services for Ryan Anthony Dupree, the fallen Shorter assistant men’s basketball coach are set for Saturday, Sept. 11, at CrossPointe Church in Madison, Ala. Calling hours are from 2 to 3 p.m. with the celebration of life to follow.  All times central.


Ryan Anthony Dupree, 24, of Madison, passed away on September 4, 2021 after a 24-hour battle with Covid-19 and Pneumonia.

Ryan was born on February 3, 1997 to Anthony and Peggy in Huntsville Alabama. After graduating from Bob Jones High school in 2015, he went on to study and play basketball for Snead State Community College where he earned an Associates in Science degree. He then went to Mississippi State where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Sports Management. He then attended Belhaven University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with an MBA.  While at Belhaven, he played basketball for one season and spent the second season as a Graduate Assistant for the men’s basketball program.

He landed his first job as an assistant basketball coach for Shorter University in August 2021.

Ryan loved worship music, his family, basketball, working out, golf, playing with his dog Nike, Duke basketball and eating. He was always smiling and very active in his community. He loved working with kids of all ages and was always more than a teammate/coach.

Ryan was predeceased by grandparents Jake and Rosie Edwards and uncle Andrew Ferguson Edwards.

He is survived by grandparents Larry and Gayla Dupree, Parents: Anthony and Peggy Dupree, brothers: Collin Andrew and Seth Edward, Uncle and Aunt Bryan and Cindy Dupree and cousins Lari Louise and Landry Ellese Dupree.

A Celebration of his life will begin with visitation at 2pm, followed by the service at 3 pm on September 11th, at CrossPointe Church, Madison Alabama. The service will be officiated by John Dees, Austin Davis and Rex Looney.


From WAAY in Huntsville: Shorter’s Ryan Dupree among those remembered Tuesday as the Alabama Hospital Association organized a moment of silence as a way to remember those who have died from COVID.

Dupree, 24, died Saturday, two days after showing late symptoms of  the virus. Among those mourning: his former high school coach.

“He’ll be truly missed, but the legacy and his, what he stood for what he’s leaving behind will make a major impact on me and others around him,” says Graham Aderholt, Dupree’s former coach at Bob Jones High School..

Dupree’s death shows how the coronavirus has affected everyone, from the young to the old. Taking too many lives too soon. “I aspire to be like Ryan, and I know many a people around him feel the same way. So it’s a tough time, that doesn’t make this time we’re in any easier,” says Aderholt.

Friends launch online account to assist Ryan Dupree’s family. Click here.

As Tuesday morning, donations were close to $13,500.

From the post: “As many of you already know, Ryan Dupree went home to be with Jesus today. COVID took over his body very quickly. Thankfully his mom got to be with him in his last moments here on this earth. We rejoice knowing that there is life after death for those who have a personal relationship with Jesus. We can not wrap our earthly minds around this, but rejoicing that we have hope even in darkness. Ryan is in heaven, and we will see him again. Please pray for Ryan’s Mom (Peggy), Dad (Anthony), Brothers (Collin and Seth) and girlfriend (Maci) as they grieve this very sudden loss. I would like to raise support for them for funeral expenses and any other expenses that come up through this grieving process. Let’s show an outpouring of support for this family. They are so loved.”


A 24-year-old man who just began his tenure as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Shorter University has died from pneumonia associated with COVID just days after becoming ill.

Shorter’s Dawn Tolbert confirmed the passing of Ryan Dupree:

“The Shorter University family was saddened to learn of the tragic death of Coach Ryan Dupree. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with them and the basketball team in this time of loss.”

Deputy Coroner Brent Whatley confirms Dupree, 24, died at Floyd Medical Center from COVID-induced pneumonia.

Family friends, in a series of posts over the last few says, say Dupree didn’t begin showing symptoms until Thursday but by Friday he was in the intensive care unit in Floyd on a ventilator. “He is a strong, healthy young man but he is declining rapidly,” wrote one of his mother’s friends in asking for prayers.

Wrote another family friend:

“Today, Ryan lost his fight against COVID after only showing symptoms for one day. He was 24. Strong. Healthy. Played sports his entire life. He played through college. He had just taken a job reaching his lifelong dream of being a college coach. Now he’s gone.”

He is the second youngest person to die from COVID in Floyd County as well as the second this week. On Tuesday, a 13-year-old Coosa High School eighth grader died from COVID.

Dupree was a 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard for the Belhaven University team. He graduated from Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala., in 2015.

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