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April 25, 2013
We are sorry to have learned of Coach DeVore's passing only recently, missing the funeral. Coach Devore would be proud of his 2 students of the Lively family, both of whom have gone on to pitch in college. His knowledge and wisdom in helping them will be remembered for a lifetime by my boys. I am sure they are not the only ones who will remember his teachings, but all those who had the pleasure of learning baseball from him. I'm sure God got himself a great pitching coach. R.I.P. John

The Lively family
March 26, 2013
Coach D...It was such an honor to be coached by the best. You taught me so much in the few years we had the softball program. You were an amazing person, coach, and mentor. I know that you would want to know that I'm instilling the skills that I learned from you into my daughter and so your coaching still continues, and that is a great way for me to remember you.
March 18, 2013
The Jackson Family was so sorry to hear about the passing of Coach DeVore. He was truly a great person and pitching coach who inspired many who had the chance to know him. My son Will worked with Coach DeVore who is also a RHP and they both bonded well together while throwing a bullpen. Will always told me he felt great after throwing a bullpen with Coach DeVore and how much he learned from his lesson. My son Will is going to pitch for Georgia College and we are grateful for the instruction we received and the positive comments Coach DeVore delivered. Coach DeVore will truly be missed!

Prayers to the Devore Family for your loss and may GOD Bless,

The Jackson Family

Here is a photo I took on September 14, 2011 after working together in the cage.
March 03, 2013
I was lucky enough to have received lessons from Coach Devore when I was only 13. Although it has been many years since my last lesson with him, his knowledge of the game guided me throughout my career in baseball and still remains with me today. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing and I consider myself truly blessed to have known such a great man. I only hope that I can pass on to my students the things that Coach Devore taught me. He will be deeply missed and our prayers are with your family.
January 26, 2013
Coach Devore was an exceptional teacher of baseball and life. I hope Coach DeVore is telling jokes in heaven. May God Bless the Devore Family.
January 26, 2013
I had the rare privilege of being a student and player and later a fellow teacher and coach with coach Devore.. He was always teaching coaching, and mentoring 24 hours a day. When my son became 12 and playing ball . I drove up from Brunswick and he gave him pitching lessons later on in high school I called him every spring for advice. Coach Devore had an open door policy you could talk to him any time. He taught me work ethic and pride in what your doing . He taught me how to be a better man. I'll always love coach Devore. Mrs Devore I'm truly saddened for your loss but he loved you and dusty very much because thats all he ever talked about. Love Scott Morrison
January 25, 2013
I only today learned of John's passing. Am truly sorry to hear of this - remember him and you when he was playing ball with Coach Tom D'Armi at West GA College and the visits he and his coach and other team members made to our house in Atlanta. My dad always thought that John was one of the best ball players he had ever seen. Dad always enjoyed umpiring when he knew John was pitching. Know that they are having a conversation and remembering all their fond times, games and friends. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
January 22, 2013
I just recently heard of Coach DeVore's passing, all I can say is the world has lost one of the best and genuine people ever; however, heaven has gained a true angel. I had the honor of having Coach DeVore as my 8th grade GA history teacher at Shamrock High School in '91. On that very first day he gave all of us a card (a card I believe he gave to all his new students). "Success is determined by the amount of work you put into it." and "Give Life 105%." I have managed to keep that card in my wallet for 22 years. Of course wallets have come and gone, but that card was always the first thing to be transferred into the new wallet. I can honestly say I don't think there was one teacher that had as much of an impact on generations of kids as Coach DeVore did. From his love of teaching to his love of coaching, he was a great man! I will happily pass on his wisdom (the card) to my son. So sorry for your loss. You all are in our prayers.

Rob Hansen & Family
January 17, 2013
So sorry to hear of this loss today. My son was fortunate to receive pitching instruction from Coach Devore. Yes, he was a bit "crusty" and awesome all at the same time--he knew baseball and expected 110% from everyone. Deepest sympathy to the Devore family.
January 17, 2013
So sad to hear of the passing of such an incredible baseball mind and a larger than life human being!
I consider myself so fortunate to have known him, worked with him, and be a witness to his profound love of the game that he shared with so many.
He will be truly missed!
Coach Vic
January 17, 2013
My son was fortunate to have received pitching instruction from Coach Devore in the late 90's. Coach clearly knew a great deal about pitching, but it was also obvious that he cared a great deal about helping people.
January 17, 2013
My deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. May the God of comfort be with you at this most difficult time. Isaiah 61:2
January 16, 2013
Coach Devore was a great history teacher. My first year at Shamrock he was my teacher. He always had the attention of the class and made you want to pay attention. I am very sorry to the family for their loss.
January 16, 2013
What a GREAT man and teacher he will be very missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest in piece
January 16, 2013
To the Devore family, Coach Devore made such an impact on everyone that met him. I had moved to Georgia just a year prior to being taught Georgia History by Coach Devore. He was insistent that I learn as much as possible about the state during the time I had him as a teacher at SHS. Only once did I try to take a nap during his class. I was woke up by a 50mph eraser. LOL Coach Devore was a great teacher.
January 16, 2013
The world has lost a great teacher of baseball and life. He will be truly missed. I am sure that other members of the 90/91 Shamrock baseball team will miss him and will treasure the fond memories. My heart goes out to the family.
January 16, 2013
The world has lost a great man and coach.I will be forever grateful for the influence he had in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you Fayron and Dusty.
January 15, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 15, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 15, 2013
A great teacher, a great coach, a great friend, and a great person...that was John. His friendship since 1974 has a special place in my heart. Fayron and Dusty - great service that was all John...how he felt about family, friends, baseball, and life. He will be missed...
January 15, 2013
Enjoyed the service today. What a great legacy left by coach DeVore. I never had him as a teacher but wound up as his assistant and babysat Dusty. He was a warm, kind person who molded so many young boys into good men. We will all miss you and look forward to reuniting with you in heaven.

All the best to Fayron and Dusty, thanks for sharing him!
January 15, 2013
I had the pleasure of attending one of his Social Studies classes at SWD and later the honor of playing baseball for him my senior year. I will never forget all the rocks we removed from his baseball field. He and my father cooked up the idea of selling Christmas Trees as a fund raiser for the baseball team. I'm sure all the guys on the team remember working that tree lot. I got to see John at some of our past SWD class reunions. He was always a pleasure to see and speak with. He was a great guy and will truly be missed. Our prayers go out to his family.
January 15, 2013
The Baseball World has lost a great treasure of a coach. John Devore was the best of the best as a Dekalb County Baseball Coach. John and I had many phone conversations over the years of coaching against one another. He always had something good to say about you and if you were down, he knew how to pick you back up! John had a lot of pride in his baseball teams, his baseball fields, and as a lot of folks knew he had great integrity. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Mrs. Devore, Dusty, and the entire Devore family. I know that as a coach's wife and a coach's son, there were a lot of sacrifices to be made over the years. Thank you for sharing John with all of us. I will truly miss him!
January 15, 2013
Coach had a fun class for Ga History - which says a lot since History was NOT my favorite subject! I graduated in '73 from SWD and saw him at the baseball Christmas tree sale several years later. He still remembered my name and made me feel special. The rest of the DeVore Family was blessed to have such a wonderful man as their relative!
January 15, 2013
Rest in Peace Coach..
January 15, 2013
Mrs Devore and Dusty I am sorry for your loss. The baseball world will miss one of the greats. I know I am one of many that were fortunate to have played for him and am a better person because of him.
January 15, 2013
He was a true inspiration, I knew him many years ago when I went to SWD. My prayers and thoughts to all family members.
January 15, 2013
What a great parent. His son Dusty was a student of mine.

Coach McLeer, Jolly Elementary 1973-1986
January 15, 2013
Coach DeVore, you were a fine man. It was an honor to be instructed by you. We all will miss you, but will see you again one day.
January 15, 2013
What a great parent. I taught his son at Jolly Elementary.

Robert Mcleer
January 15, 2013
Coach DeVore was a terrific teacher and will be missed!

Many blessings
January 15, 2013
I send all my condolences to the Devore family. The Bible offers hope and comfort. My prayers are with you.
January 15, 2013
One of the greatest pitching coaches out there... even in his later years working from a stool, he was the best. Fond memories of the legacy that Coach Devore has left with so many.
January 15, 2013
Thoughts and prayers go out to the DeVore family,I had the pleasure of being taught and coached by John and it was the best years of my life to be associated with him. RIP Johnny and God bless your family.
January 15, 2013
Mrs.Devore and Dusty, I am sorry for your loss. He was a great man, a very kind and giving man. I had the privledge of being at SWD and being mentored by Coach DeVore. I will never forget the things I learned about baseball, and also about life and giving 105%. I guess when I first met him, I was in awe. However, over our 5 years together he taught me that every man put his pants on one leg at a time and not to be afraid to compete with anyone and just always do my best.
I'll never forget my sophomore year he bought me a glove and broke it in for me. He said that now that I had the proper equipment I should never make another error. My junior year he bought me a pair of Kangaroo hide cleats, he told me I was the first person in the state with a pair.
He made such a diffrence in so many lives, He will be missed.
January 15, 2013
As an umpire,I always enjoyed the games that he was involved in.We had to be on our toes for we knew we were working for one of the best.I'm glad to have known him.
January 15, 2013
John served as a mentor when I started coaching baseball in 1986.What a wonderful human being. Fay and Dusty, feel good in a life well lived.
January 15, 2013
My Thoughts and Prayers for Coach DaVore's Family. Back in '78-'79 he taught me History in the 8th grade and I was a manager for SWD baseball team that year - until I got stupid and quit. I turned in my cap and jacket. He later walked up to me and gave them back. I still have the cap. Back then if you got in trouble in school you might end up picking up rocks off his field. We have lost one of the all time greats of Dekalb County Athletics.
January 15, 2013
A life well lived reaps rewards.. In the days to come may the Lord comfort your heart and may you find solace in knowing he touched many lives not only on the baseball fields but the classrooms.
January 15, 2013
When we look back and reflect on how He ,shaped so many young Kids lifes.He will be missed very much,Our sympathy is with the family and friends.
January 15, 2013

Sympathy and comfort to the John Devore family. Ps.18:30,31.
January 15, 2013
May the God of all comfort be with the family. Remember that God will wipe out every tear from their eyes. And death will be no more.
January 14, 2013
Fayron and Dusty, I want to tell you how sorry I am to hear about Coach passing. I pray you both find peace knowing that Coach is in heaven. He was my football and baseball coach for 5 yrs. at SWD. He taught us all to work hard to be the best we could be and to not hold back, but to leave it all on the field. But the most important things he taught me were life lessons. He was always there for me whenever I had questions or just needed someone to listen and for that I'm forever grateful. I love ya, COACH!!! I'm honored and blessed to have you for my friend.Now go teach them angels how to snap off that wicked slider...Marty Snider SWD "74"
January 14, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 14, 2013
Heaven must have needed a groundskeeper and 3rd base coach,
. Blessed enough to know him well at SWD and later up the street from my in laws in Clarkston. What a great combination of tough exterior and caring interior. Kevin ONeal. SWD '78
January 14, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 14, 2013
January 14, 2013
He gave me the nickname Biscuit and it stuck, still get called that daily. He taught me so many lessons about life that stuck as well. He shaped so many young people, what a true blessing to have him in our lives,
January 14, 2013
The SWD Family lost a great coach and teacher.Coach Devore taught 8th Grade Georgia History.I never played baseball but followed the team because some of my friends played for coach Devore.I remember sitting in the stands and watching great talent that coach Devore molded.The SWD Baseball was awesome and coach will never be forgotten,GOD BLESS COACH
January 14, 2013
R.I.P. Coach John. Georgia baseball has lost a true legend, never to be replaced. Words cannot express the respect my son and I had for you. Greatest pitching coach I have ever been around. God bless your family in this difficult time.
January 14, 2013
Fayron,Bill & I were so sorry to hear of John's passing.You were our first neighbors & the best..You taught me how to be a good southern neighbor.May God see you & your family through this.
January 14, 2013
I was a young 23 year old Baseball Caoch when I met Coach DeVore in 1977. He was always available with a quick tip, insight or suggestion. His passion for kids and the game of baseball was truly remarkable. I will miss him and high school baseball will miss him more.
January 14, 2013
Fayron and Dusty,
May you find peace and contentment from the outpouring of love for John from the many people--former players, students, coaches, and friends--expressed since the sad news of his passing on January 12, 2013. I had the great joy of working with Coach DeVore at Southwest Dekalb from 1972 to 1979. He and I were on the football staff with Coach Dewey Alverson and I also served as his baseball assistant. I do have my fondest memories of him on the baseball diamond, including the great pride he always took in his fields.
Gordon Higgins
January 14, 2013
Fayron,Dusty; I am so sorry for your loss. As you know I last saw Coach DeVore on Dec 15th 2012 at our 40th High school State Football Championship reunion. I knew Coach DeVore had been sick and what an extreme effort it was on the family's part to get him there, but when he entered the room our eyes connected and his face lit up with that unique smile he always had and it just brought tears to my eyes as I went over to hug him. I personally was priviledged to have had him coach me from the 8th grade thru the 12th at SWD. He will always be remembered by me not only as a great coach but more importantly someone who taught me the GAME OF LIFE. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Jucky Burns SWD Class of 1974.
January 14, 2013
Coach DeVore was a mentor to me while coaching in DeKalb County. He even came to my field an worked with my pitchers; and yes made recommendations concerning my field. My prayers go out to is family, but we celebrate in knowing that he has won the ultimate game on the most beautiful field. Blessings.
January 14, 2013
Heartfelt sympathies to the DeVore family. I have wonderful memories of the coach from class at Shamrock High School and have shared with my own children stores of how Coach DeVore assured there was less sleeping in his classroom(s). Godspeed, Coach.
January 14, 2013
Have many fond memories of playing basketball at Milton High School with John, condolences to the family. Also had the pleasure of being his Mail carrier for a several years.
January 14, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
January 14, 2013
We were lucky to have Coach DeVore come to Shamrock in 1981. He taught us how to win and look like a baseball team in the process. Black spikes and the cap pulled down the way it was meant to be! Our field looked great, too. He made us take pride in ourselves and the wins soon followed. It's rare that Coach DeVore doesn't come up when old friends get together. What a tribute 30 years later.
January 14, 2013
Coach John Devore was my teacher, coach, father figure, friend and one of my two heroes in my life. I would not be where I am today if it was not for him. I have wonderful memories being together with him at Southwest Dekalb but the memories that I will remember and cherish the most are the ones after I graduated. Coach you will be missed but #32 will live forever. My prayers are with Fayron and Dusty an the entire DeVore family.
January 14, 2013
I send my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. He was a great person. Coach Devore taught my sons valuable lessons in baseball and life. His passion was priceless. You will be missed my friend.

Randy Wilhite, Buford Georgia
January 14, 2013
Coach DeVore was a factor in my going to college at all. As a small town pitcher, related to "Johnnie" by marriage, he gave me some invaluable guidance on my techniques, improving my skills considerably. By the time I finished high school, I was good enough to pitch in college, finally pitching for West Georgia - a life-long dream of mine. Thanks, Coach Johnnie! You will be missed!
January 14, 2013
To an honorable man of inspiration and integrity that has touched so many lives with leaving great memories. My prayers go out to the DeVore family and friends.
January 14, 2013
Coach DeVore's wit, wisdom and love of teaching were evident from the day he walked into Shamrock. He was the kind of man everyone loved having in the building…the original ‘go to' guy. Thank you, Coach, for all you gave to so many who loved you.
January 14, 2013
I was able to see John on January the 6th at his home. It was truly and honor to be able to spend that time with him. Coach you had such a positive influence on the youth and my life from the times in high school and well into years of my adulthood. You are truly a gift from GOD. You will be missed dearly.
January 14, 2013
We didnt know it at the time, but much of what Coach Devore taught us on and off the field has made us better fathers. He was loved and will be missed.
January 14, 2013
When I played for Tucker in the spring of '86 & '87, we always played Shamrock at their field because it was so nice. Even though I did not know him personally in high school, I had such respect for Coach Devore. To some of us, he was like the Bear Bryant of DeKalb County baseball.

I got to know John personally as an adult. He ran a clinic for my baseball team last February. For those of you who had not seen Coach Devore since high school, he was as good now as he was then. He had eleven 14-year-olds eating out of his hand.

He will be missed.
January 14, 2013
John and I were close friends. We coached together at SWD. He and Fayron were also my neighbors. As many have already said, John was a great teacher as well as a great coach. He was such a great baseball coach that we on the football staff convinced him to coach football also. He excelled there just as he had in the classroom and baseball field. He was loyal and generous- to all a great friend. We will miss you, big guy.
January 14, 2013
I send my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family at this time of loss. He was a great & unique individual that will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
January 14, 2013
I will remember Coach D as a great teacher to men and women, coach, mentor, and friend. I have known Coach since our first days at SWD and he will always have a special place in my heart. He was a great man who will be missed.
Wayne Davis SWD Class of 71
January 14, 2013
I have many fond memories of this great man, and coach. Getting the honor to become a catcher and learn the art of pitching from another angle...including Mazzone pitching camps at The Ball Park after he retired from the school system. And in the lessons of baseball he taught me great lessons on life...mainly patience, perseverence (in baseball you can fail 7 out of 10 times and be a hall of famer)...and giving it my best "if you're gonna be a garbage man, be the best garbage man."... it still turns my stomach when i see the red dugouts on John Devore Field, BUT I had the honor of scoring the final run of SHS for this amazing man. he gave me the LOVE for baseball that continues to this day...and i can't say thank you enough.
January 14, 2013
My sincerest condolences to Fayron and the Devore family. Coach Devore ranks in my top 3 teachers and thats from grade school through grad school. He made Georgia History interesting and learning more enjoyable. I credit my interest in Georgia's past and for American Government to Coach Devore. He touched so many young lives through baseball and teaching. I am a better person for having him as my teacher. SWD Class of '74
January 14, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family. I will always remember teaching with Coach at SWD - he was a wonderful example to all his students.
Carolyn Flowers
Ocala, Florida
January 14, 2013
Coached me in football from the 8th grade thru the 12th at SWD. One thing I remember the most about him was his saying, "give it 110%!". As an 8th grader, I wasn't sure what that meant. But as time passed on, that phrase has always stuck with me. Thank you Coach Devore for the memories and the impact you had in my life.
January 13, 2013
From my first day as a teacher/ coach at SWD I found a friend in a fellow history teacher, coach, and Panther. The lessons that I learned from Coach DeVore as did many of his students because John was a teacher first then a coach, a methodology that I learned and adopted in my classes.
Thank you Fayron and Dusty for sharing Coach DeVore with his extended family -SWD.
January 13, 2013
So glad to have had Coach DeVore as my GA History teacher at SWD. He was a great mentor and teacher with great dry humor. And I will never forget "that look" that he could give. Prayers and blessing for his family. May God wrap his arms around you during this time of grief.
January 13, 2013
Devore made me the man I am today. He and Atha were the greatest teachers I ever had. Loved him like a father.
January 13, 2013
Coach Devore was loved by all that knew him.Not only did he coach at Shamrock and at Tech he coached youth league also. I was fortunate to work with him at Central DeKalb Sports Association.He coached many players and instilled in them team work, discipline and to strive to be the best you can be.John was truly a very special person. GOD BLESS !
January 13, 2013
John DeVore was not only an excellent baseball coach but also a wonderful mentor to our son ,Robert. We had the privelege of knowing John during the last years Shamrock was a High School. His love for baseball was only surpassed by his love for his players. We will never forget him.
January 13, 2013
The world truly lost a man of great honor and integrity, Most would say a role model that the world needs more of and they would be right. So it's up to us those he touched to carry on his example. We will meet up in that great locker room one day, till then enjoy.
Bruce Brimacombe SWD Class 1978
January 13, 2013
Prayers to the DeVore family. Coach you taught with a joy that was contagious but you cared for us with a kind compassion that was genuine. Thank you for impacting all of us non atheletic students with the same care you gave your athletes. You may no longer be physically with us but your legecy lives on through all you taught and coached.
January 13, 2013
I have to say Coach DeVore was one of my favorite teachers at Shamrock High. You knew to respect him but he was alot of fun as well. We'll be praying for the family in this time if loss. Shamrock class of '85
January 13, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Coach Devore was the kind of man that helped us all to be better people from the first time we met him. He has always been a part of my closest memories. His wisdom and love continues on each day through all of our lives. I am blessed to have known him. Thank you Coach
January 13, 2013
A lot of Shamrock Alumni have been deeply saddened my this news. What a great coach, teacher and mentor! Shamrock HS was lucky to have him as part of our "family". -Leslie c/o 95
January 13, 2013
A great man and coach!!! R.I.P. Coach Devore.
Consuelo Taylor Shamrock High School '91'
January 13, 2013
To the greatest baseball coach I ever had.RIP I have a lot of love and respect and it will last I life time. Thanks
January 13, 2013
Coach DeVore - thanks for everything you did for so many young men and women!
I personally was privileged to have had Coach DeVore as my d-backs coach and baseball coach. I will remember him most for how he always challenged me to be the very best player that I could be. Because of men like John DeVore, I embarked on a career coaching high school baseball and teaching science. Thanks again for sharing your life with with so many young people!
January 13, 2013
A GREAT MAN has gone to a GREAT Place. RIP Coach Devore!
Dennis Oxford SWD 1970
January 13, 2013
I think I speak for everyone who had the privilege to play for and to know as a person that Coach DeVore in some way touched all of us. Coach DeVore will be remembered by me not only as a great coach but also by the number of young players and students that he helped mold into the men and women we are today. Rest in peace!
January 13, 2013
What a good man Coach Devore was - a man of integrity and class! I was fortunate to know him when our son (Kevin) played for Coach at Shamrock High School. I cherish the special memories of our being able to name the baseball field in his honor AND also of being there for the very last baseball game ever as Shamrock High beat Tucker High.

Thoughtout our lives,special people ae placed by God to assist our own growth. I give thanks that Coach Devore was there not only for my son but for all of us who came into contact with him.
January 13, 2013
John was a friend and fellow teacher. No one had more dedication to kids, teaching, coaching and life than John. My sincere condolences to his family.
January 13, 2013
A great guy! Played shortstop with him at West Georgia in 62' & 63'. Rest in Peace big fella. Lewis Bender
January 13, 2013
A truly great coach, teacher, mentor, friend and man. He was one of a kind and larger than life. He will be missed.
January 13, 2013
Rest in peace, Coach. Deepest sympathies, Miss Fayron.
January 13, 2013
I had Coach Devore for history at SHS. He was a wonderful teacher and a great man. My prayers are with his family for their loss.
January 13, 2013
My prayers are with your family. I remember his fondly as a teacher and mentor to many.
January 13, 2013
I love you Coach - I had you for a teacher in the 8th grade at SWD in 1983, we were in the trailers - what a fun class. I will never forget you. Thank you for everything. PS - I also went to West Georgia. Rest.
January 13, 2013
So fortunate to have met you Coach. My son & I always felt like we were with someone special when we were with you.
January 13, 2013
Coach Devore taught my son not only how to be a pitcher but he also taught Daniel how to have confidence in himself. I also learned so many life lessons sitt'n on the bucket next to him during Daniel's lessons. Thank you to a wonderful man who showed my son an excellent example of what a true coach should be. Daniel dedicates his 2013 spring season with 13U Team Georgia to his pitching coach, Coach Devore. Our prayers are with your family.
January 13, 2013
What a Great man, teacher and coach. I have many memories from SWD and Ga History (class of 76-77). Heaven has a new angel and everyone is playing baseball! Prayers for the family
January 13, 2013
May our Lord, creator and sustainer of all, comfort you as we all grieve the loss of our beloved coach.
January 13, 2013
I loved Coach DeVore and was his student assistant at SWD for many years, also his student gopher, grader of papers, and baseball helper. He was truly one of a kind, great man, good teacher, leader, and inspired many. May you have peace in your hearts knowing he lived a wonderful life and was loved by many. God Bless you all at this time of loss... and heavens gain !
January 13, 2013
Though I never played directly for Coach Devore, I played on teams under his guidance. Coach Devore was a tremendous man, coach and teacher. I am blessed to have known you. God bless you, coach.
January 13, 2013
Coach Devore was such a special man, teacher and coach. He was so dedicated to helping the "boys" become quality men, not just athletes. He was a quiet force that had a wonderful impact on so many young people. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Courtney Mooney Jewell
SHS '86
January 13, 2013
Coach John DeVore was the kind of person you wanted to coach your son. We all workd together to make the best baseball program possible for Coach Devore and his players. Our baseball field was in better shape than the Atlanta Braves. John will be missed by the Carr family. David and Liz Carr
January 13, 2013
What a. Awesome coach & teacher. I will never forget him. I was in his GA History class at SWD. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Isiaiah 41:10 & 13.
January 13, 2013
My prayers and sympathy to your family. You were a wonderful teacher.
Arin
January 13, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the family of Coach DeVore. It has been twenty-five years since I sat in his Georgia History class at Shamrock High School, but I remember he was my favorite teacher. God bless & RIP <3
January 13, 2013
I graduated from Shamrock High School in 1991. Twenty two years later, I still carry the card he gave me in my wallet sharing his words of wisdom about life. He didn't waste a moment of his. He is and always will be remembered fondly.
January 13, 2013
I was honored to be a colleague of John's at Shamrock High School. On my run this morning, I stopped to look at his field at Shamrock, and it still looks glorious--one of his many legacies. When he walked out onto that field, leaning forward with a slight tilt to his head, nothing could have epitomized authentic baseball more. He towered over everyone. John was a great coach and a great person. I am so sorry for your loss.

Ellis Loyd
January 13, 2013
My sincerest sympathy to your family. I'm so sad to hear of John's passing. He was my classmate at Milton High, and I have very fond memories of him and his great sense of humor.

Becky (Winfrey) Iatesta
Hartwell, GA
January 13, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
January 13, 2013
Coach Devore was a really great teacher coach and a great man. He was someone that you can ask him anything and He would give ya a real answer I so respected him so much. Never forget ya all.
January 13, 2013
Coach I will never forget the impact you had on my life and so many others. Blessing to all your friends and family.
B Jones
January 13, 2013
My son's greatest coach
January 13, 2013
What kinda great Baseball game in Heaven there will be with you there Coach Devore. Thank you for many years of your time, love , spirit , and fun to so many. Love to you & your family.
Becky Wells Mericle
January 13, 2013
Rest in peace Coach DeVore
January 13, 2013
He will truly be missed. He impacted so many lives through his. A tremendous teacher and coach. I do what I do today because of him.
January 13, 2013
Great Coach and great friend who we loved very much
January 13, 2013
He was a special teacher and coach. Heaven just received an awesome man....
January 13, 2013
I only knew Coach for a few years, but what an impression he made. Never seen a better pitching coach or teacher of the game. More importantly though, what a great man for young men to be around. My son was blessed to be a pupil. Rest in Peace Coach and many prayers for your family.
January 13, 2013
To the man that nicknamed me Jack Rabbit! R.I.P. Coach Devore!
January 13, 2013
May God bless your family, coach. Thank you for your time and talents. Rest peacefully, coach.
January 13, 2013
Mr. Devore had a profound impact on all of his students as a teacher as a coach and as a human being. He will be missed and always revered!
January 13, 2013
Rest in peace coach !
January 13, 2013
A great man, friend and coach! You taught me a lot about baseball, but more about life. Thank you!
January 13, 2013
I have so many fond memories of Coach DeVore at SWD...he was my Ga History teacher and what a great teacher he was! I sometimes would go to the baseball games and he was an awesome Coach...the players and the parents had so much respect for Coach DeVore...he was loved by everyone and will truly be missed by all. What a wonderful legacy this man left us.....Prayers for comfort and peace to his family, as Coach now is playing the Field of Dreams in Heaven.
In His Love,
DeLisa Day Brown (SWD Class of 79) & Matt "Odie" Brown (SWD Class of 75)
January 13, 2013
What a great teacher he is! Will be truly missed! R.I.P. Coach!
January 13, 2013
He was such an impact on our lives. He will be missed.
January 13, 2013
I just want you to know that I will be praying you find assurance in God's word, peace in the presence He gives, and comfort in His unwavering love. Sending my heartfelt sympathy. All of Coach DeVore's students adored him.
Joan (Lumpkin) Mastrangeli SWD, Class of 1969,
January 13, 2013
Coach Devore was my all time favorite teacher. I loved his teaching style. He reminded me so much of my father. He really wanted for his students to understand and took the time to explain using real life examples. He was matter of fact and commanded respect. Honestly, I don't remember much from HS but I remember Devore. He's just one of those teachers that you never forget. We didn't have a one on one relationship which goes to show that even when a teacher thinks they don't reach their students, they do. Over the years, I've often found myself talking about "this one teacher I had". Awesome man.
January 13, 2013
I have many fond memories of Coach Devore. He will be greatly missed. R.I.P Coach
January 12, 2013
Rest peacefully Coach!
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