BRANTLEY, AL (WSFA) - Brantley High School principal Kris Odom lowered the flag today in front of the school and remembered.
"She was upbeat and positive," said Odom.
Alex Wilcox graduated from Brantley High School one year ago. A beloved member of the softball team, Alex played a big role in helping the team win 4 state titles in the last 5 years. Championships in the face of ovarian cancer, a worthy opponent Alex began fighting during her sophomore year at Brantley.
"She had a fight to the end attitude and everybody felt she was going to beat it," Odom said.
Alex died Monday night at the family home. She was only 18 years old, less than a week away from another birthday. Odom spent time with her just hours before she slipped away.
"Very surreal, unbelievable," Odom said.
Known for power and speed, Mississippi State was mighty impressed with Alex's character. The result? A full scholarship for the Bulldogs.
"Everybody who came in contact with Alex were better for knowing her," Odom said.
There is no way to know what kind of collegiate career Alex Wilcox would've had at Mississippi State. But we do know this; several members of the team made the trip from Starkville, Mississippi, to Brantley and were with her during her final moments.
"She was just a phenomenal person," Odom said.
The courage, the smile and the perseverance. Alex Wilcox fought the cancer to the end, leaving a legacy of high character on the field and in life.
Alex Wilcox's funeral is set for Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Brantley High School Gymnasium. She will be buried in Dozier Cemetery. Kris Odom says in spite of illness, Alex got a chance to play a little for Mississippi State this year.