Darryl Lee Aftel, 69, passed away on January 21, 2020. Darryl was a native of Norfolk. Darryl lived over 40 years in Marietta, Georgia and was an educator and coach, dedicated to his students.
Services will be private at a later date.
December 25, 2016
Albert Thomas posted on 2/9/20
I had the privilege of being coached, being mentored and working with Coach Aftel as his assistant coach with the NAHS Track and Field teams, and eventually taking over the Registrars job at NAHS after he retired. I will forever be grateful for all Coach did for me as a student athlete and as a education professional. Coach Aftel is one of the main reasons that I got into coaching and enjoyed giving back to the kids at NAHS. I first met Coach Aftel in 1979 when I was a student at Sutton Middle School and came over to Northside High School to practice Track and Field. He got my attention that day because he was in the lower parking talking very loud about someone's mother, but I soon learned that he did not mean any harm and he would do anything to help his athlete out. Rest in Peace Coach, Job Well Done.
Yvonne B. Pringle posted on 2/7/20
Daryl and I spent many hours together at the mighty North Atlanta High School, we took up tickets for many years for the basket ball games, took many students to eat before the games. If you needed anything, and Mr. Aftel could help you as we affectionately call him Coach. After he moved to Va., we would talk at least once a month, until his health began to fail, Coach was a true friend, and I will truly missed him. What a legacy he has left. Take your rest Coach, you deserve it, your special friend Pringle.
Cicely Kelley posted on 2/2/20
The best coach ever! You will truly truly be missed. Thank you for everything!
Tiffany thrasher posted on 2/1/20
I volunteered with aftel over the summer before my junior year. I had been as a co-president from Northside. I got to know him and continue my volunteer experience in his office doing mine Junior and senior years. Doing my junior year I was enrolled in mr. Darnell Bateman's class. I was enrolled in the AP US History Class thinking that it would be a Haven for educational attainment and enlightenment. for the short time that I was in that woman hating small tyrant. He did something I won't recount that as a future teacher I would have never done to any student that I even hated to the marrow of my bone. But the point of the story is that aftel saved me. When he walked in that room I need was there to get me and that my life would be saved because I was being transferred to another class. My mother who would never been an activist mother but on my behalf to remove me from the torment of Darnell MF Bateman. Aftel was a kind man who was shocked when he saw how Bateman treated me because he knew who I was from his own experience. Sometimes when I needed a place to go where I knew I would be welcome and do some volunteer work his door was always open. Anyone who's ever worked in education would do well 2 take a page from his book about being kind to children because you never know how it will impact them and they will remember it.
Tommie Lightfoot-Holloway posted on 2/1/20
Words cannot express the level of gratitude in my heart ❤️ for how you loved the students of Northside High how you made coming to school fun! You reached out to me in many text messages of care, concern, and gratitude of appreciation for your students. Rest Well Coach Aftel until we meet again. C/O 90’
Natalie Evans posted on 2/1/20
You were one of the Best principals ever with many job descriptions COACH and In , school suspension teacher you made it fun and Hilarious even though we were supposed to be in trouble! We and NAHS WILL FOREVER LOVE YOU! A TRUE WARRIOR NEVER FORGOTTEN co98 To the family I pray that Hod gives you strength during this period of bereavement! Know that you are not in it alone your extended family Northside andNorth Atlanta High are in this with you. You ever find that you need someone to pray with you or just talk too I'm available hit me up mfacebook messenger. May the peace and love of God be with you!
Tara Johnson posted on 2/1/20
RIH Coach Aftel ... You were always encouraging to all the students.......you will be missed....Sincerely, Tara Johnson (twin) Northside High c/o 90
Wadrika Montgomery-Watts posted on 1/31/20
Rest in paradise Coach, spread your wings and fly high!!
Mario L. Butler posted on 1/31/20
I remember coming to the registrar office at North Atlanta High School and talking to the admin about enrolling as a regular student/athlete and they were like did you apply for a magnet program and I said no, then they were like you more than likely would have to go to your zoned school. Coach Aftel came up and said what’s your name and he said I know your brother and sister that goes to NAH already, then he said are you an athlete and I was like yes then he replies “you could have fooled me, I thought you was a chess player” but after that he took me in like a son and led me to become a 400 meter state champion at North Atlanta high in 1997 with Coach Thomas. You will be missed and we will make sure your legacy at NAHS is remembered.
Mignon Tate posted on 1/31/20
Gone but, Nevet forgotten. Rest in Power Coach! Your memory shall live on through the lives you have touched.
Morvette Pritchard posted on 1/31/20
Coach Aftel made my transition to APS a good one. He made sure that I had my credits to graduate, and also reassured my mother the same. He will be missed. RIH
Carolyn LaMay (Smith)George posted on 1/31/20
How blessed our family was to have known such a kind, caring educator. He was a father figure for ALL "his children". I smile when thinking of him with that beanie on his head taking the whole track team to dinner or the movies. So kind & generous with his time. His memory will live eternally in the students he served. Fondly, Mrs. George
Jennifer Reaka-Madison posted on 1/31/20
I didn't run track but was a student that Coach would usually get on to for skipping class/school. He had a talk with me that opened my eyes to some things that other teachers didn't necessarily do. He had a way of really getting in your head and make you think. I appreciate him and his talks. Coach Aftel, thank you for being a dedicated teacher who really cared about your students. RIP Coach! ❤
Danielle Epps posted on 1/31/20
Coach Aftel was an amazing person! I have so many memories of working in his office, laughing and joking. He always fussed, but you knew it was all out of love.
Laura Wylie posted on 1/31/20
Somebody here already said it best- Coach Aftel showed genuine concern for his students and athletes. He really cared about all of us, which he demonstrated by his dedication and sense of humor. I have fond memories of him from my days on (and off) the cross country team at Northside (class of ‘91).
Tara clark-brown posted on 1/30/20
Rest in peace coach love u
Ken Price posted on 1/30/20
To the man that saw me in the hallway at Northside my freshman year and said “you look like you’d be a good wrestler, you should come out for the team. Thanks for believing in me Coach, you made me believe in my ability on the mat. You were loved by all students at Northside because of your genuine concern for us. You could always make us laugh when we needed it, REST IN POWER BIG FELLA.
Chylesture Emily Ponder posted on 1/30/20
Coach was a good guy he will make your day you can never have a bad day around this coach he was funny rest in peace
Candice Parks posted on 1/30/20
Coach taught me the ethics of hard work. I’m not sure who he personality knew, but he took me to PO FOLKS on Wendy Hill rd and got me my very first job as the greeter.
“Good evening, how many? Right this way.”
I am forever blessed that he was apart of my adolescences. One of the best coaches to ever do it.
Zaneta Perdue-Tatum posted on 1/30/20
Thank you Coach for always inspiring me to do more and to be better. Love always!
Ashok Shah M.D. posted on 1/30/20
Coach worked tirelessly and dedicated himself to his students... He was a good man that helped many of us succeed
Marston Atkinson posted on 1/30/20
Thank you for your dedication to others, especially students, for all those years. Big heart and big personality. You will be missed. RIP Coach.
shawn stegall posted on 1/30/20
I don't know where to begin. But Coach Aftel not only was he a Great Coach but he also was a Great Teacher who cared about his students. I remember when I first went out to run track he looked at me and said son what do you run distance? SO I said no Coach I'm a sprinter so he says ok well get your practice clothing on and lets go. During my years at The Northside running under Coach was fantastic and as the practices went on they became harder and harder but that didn't stop me from doing what I had to do. Coach always had a motivation talk with us and his favorite saying was he wanted to see A-- & elbows which meant he didnt' want us just standing around he wanted to see us moving fast. I talked to him yeas after I graduated and the last time we talked it was for hours and I thank him for being a good Teacher and Track Coach and how he pushed us to be great runner's and students. But the conversation we had he expressed to me that he was very proud of my brother who also ran track and myself for and how our late Mother raised us to be. So Coach I want to say Thank you and you're going to be missed Love you. C/O 91 The Northside High
Derrick Mosley posted on 1/30/20
If you’re blessed enough to say that Coach Aftel was a part of your turbulent teenage years......you’re blessed enough. As crazy as it sounds, he was often the voice of reason.
Heather King posted on 1/30/20
Thanks for dedicating your life to your students Coach. You touched and influenced so many lives, your legacy will live on forever.
Dolly A Johnson posted on 1/30/20
Rest in Peace Coach. Coach Aftel was a good always for the kids and keeping us in line. His encouragement was the always for the best to always say you and do this. I played basketball, ran track and played softball at Northside High School in Atlanta and he was always their to stick his head in especially when we were in the weight room. Rest easy COACH
Marian King posted on 1/30/20
To say Darryl Aftel was a character is an understatement, but what a big heart! Especially where his students and athletes were concerned. I had the pleasure of working with him for many years as the girls track coach at Northside High School
in Atlanta. He supported and encouraged them as much as he did his boys and would freely offer his encouragement and knowledge to me as a fellow coach. He will be missed by many whose lives he touched over the years. Rest in peace.
Yolanda Macon-Owens posted on 1/30/20
Rest in Heaven Coach! Thanks for your random text messages to check on me and to request me to pray for you! I am honored you reached out me for prayer! You will be very missed! NHS C/O 87
Taylor Martin posted on 1/29/20
RIH big guy! We will miss you dearly down here. It’s very rare that you meet a man so kind, so knowledgeable, and so spunky. If anyone has details on his arrangements please please please reach out to me. 757-577-2942 Taylor Martin
Ken Warner posted on 1/29/20
Rest easy coach. Love you always
Chris Johnson posted on 1/29/20
Aftel, you were always like a second father to me, a great coach and a great friend. Memories of you date back to the first day of high school and when you gave me the nickname sweetpea on the track team. You are one the reason why I still love running 30 years later. This is such sad news that weighing on my heart. You will definitely be missed and never forgotten, but I know now you are in a better place. Love, your friend Chris.
Dr. Leah Brock-White posted on 1/28/20
Coach was always supportive of my desire to persue a career in medicine. He always checked in on me during my journey, took time to ease fears and gave sound, stern advice when necessary. He will truly be missed.
Jalia Armstrong posted on 1/28/20
Thank you for all the laughs, support, and good times. You will always be remembered for the fun and tough love you gave. Words cannot efficiently express my gratitude for those moments. May your family be comforted during this time. With gratitude and love, Jalia
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