Robert "Shan" Whiteside, basketball coach


SOUTHAVEN — Robert Shannon “Shan” Whiteside, 34, a high school basketball coach, died March 4, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Services were held March 6 at Getwell Road United Methodist Church followed by interment in Starkville Memorial Gardens in Starkville. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville handled arrangements.

Mr. Whiteside was born May 9, 1971, in Tupelo to the Rev. Robert and Martha Aldy Whiteside. He was a graduate of Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia where he was a member of the basketball and baseball teams and was a two-sport all-star for two years. Shan went on to play tennis at Northwest Community College in Senatobia, then Millsaps College where he played basketball. He was a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland. Whiteside spent most of his adult life coaching high school basketball, most recently at Desoto Central High School in Southaven. Prior to Desoto Central, he was the basketball coach at Starkville Academy, Union High School, Oak Hill Academy in West Point, and Central Holmes Academy in Lexington.

Whiteside was a member of Getwell Road United Methodist Church, where he was active in the Young Marrieds Sunday school class and served on the Administrative Council.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Aldy Whiteside and his grandfather, J. G. Aldy.

Survivors include: wife, Gayle Betts Whiteside of Southaven; daughters, Lindsey Whiteside and Leigh Allison Whiteside of Southaven; son, Tyler Whiteside of Southhaven; parents, the Rev. Bob and Sallie Whiteside of Starkville; sister Kris Whiteside Wells of Tupelo; brothers, Aaron Whiteside of Houma, La., and Russ Whiteside of Senatobia; and grandparents, Smith and Vivian Whiteside of Tupelo and Mrs. J.G. Aldy of Columbus.

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.