On August 26, 1915, Bert married Coretta Johnnie Hutson, and by 1920, Mr. Speed was coaching football for Comanche High School. I’m a little vague here because Bert Speed was also teaching math as well as serving as the principal of the high school. For some reason, I have in my mind that he was only filling in or helping out in the coaching arena, but I may be very wrong about that. The following annual entry is the basis for my assumption.
Beneath his photo in the 1921 CHS annual are written the words, “Equal Rights to all, and special Privileges to none.”
I have always wondered about the following 1921 annual entry. Today, I understand that Mr. Speed had become to ill with tuberculosis to continue his coaching duties.
Bert Weaver Speed, Sr. died September 7, 1925, in San Angelo, Texas. I seem to remember that there was a sanitorium there at that time. Mr. Speed was brought back to Comanche and buried in the Oak Wood Cemetery. By all accounts, he left his mark on the students he touched, if only for a little while.