New Brockton, Alabama

New Brockton, Alabama
New Brockton, Alabama
—  Town  —
Location in Coffee County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 31°22′52″N 85°55′28″W / 31.38111°N 85.92444°W / 31.38111; -85.92444
Country United States
State Alabama
County Coffee
 – Total 8 sq mi (20.7 km2)
 – Land 8 sq mi (20.7 km2)
 – Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 459 ft (140 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 1,250
 – Density 156.3/sq mi (60.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36351
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-53856
GNIS feature ID 0152611

New Brockton is a town in Coffee County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 1,250. The community was named for Huey E. Brock, settler.[1]

New Brockton is part of the EnterpriseOzark Micropolitan Statistical Area.



New Brockton is located at 31°22′52″N 85°55′28″W / 31.38111°N 85.92444°W / 31.38111; -85.92444 (31.381138, -85.924339)[2].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.0 square miles (21 km2), of which, 8.0 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 0.12% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,250 people, 465 households, and 336 families residing in the town. The population density was 156.5 people per square mile (60.4/km²). There were 555 housing units at an average density of 69.5 per square mile (26.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.36% White, 26.64% Black or African American, 2.80% Native American, 0.24% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 465 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95. In the town the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,032, and the median income for a family was $26,914. Males had a median income of $26,711 versus $20,417 for females.

Notable residents

  • Tyler Simmons - New Brockton High School All-Purpose Yards Leader (over 5000), working to achieve PhD in Chemistry at Florida State University
  • Donald "Shag" Hugh "Don" Helms (Steel Guitar): Born: 2/28/27 New Brockton, AL. Died: 8/11/08

Bio: Don is a legendary steel guitar player. He has recorded with many legends in Country Music, including Lefty Frizzell, Jim Reeves, Ray Price and Hank Williams. While in New Brockton he formed a band called the Alabama Rhythm Boys that was made up of two cousins and two friends (Of which one was Sammy Pruett). His musical relationship with Hank & The Cowboys was off and on. He first became a member of the Cowboys in 1944, but left in 1945 when he was Drafted. Don rejoined the band in 1947/48, but only remained a few months. In 1949 he joined the most famous version of the band. In 1952 he left the band once again.

After leaving Hank, Don became a member of Ray Price's band. In 1957 he joined the Wilburn Brothers' band and became partners with them in Wil-Helm Talent Agency. Don left the band in 1967. In January 1968 Don became a member of Hank Williams Jr's band (The Cheating Hearts). Don stayed with Hank Jr. until 1972. In 1974 Don started a short stint with the great Ernest Tubb. In 1977 Don joined a reformed Drifting Cowboys along with Bob McNett, Hillous Butrum, & Jerry Rivers. In '77 he also appeared in the movie "That's Country" along with the other Cowboys. In 1989 Don and the Drifting Cowboys, minus McNett and Butrum, became the touring band for Jett Williams.

He was voted to The Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1984. In Nov. 2004 he was honored with a monument and "Don Helms Day" in his hometime of New Brockton, AL. Don continued to play his steel guitar up until his death in 2008.


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Coordinates: 31°22′52″N 85°55′28″W / 31.381138°N 85.924339°W / 31.381138; -85.924339

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