Obituaries 2/26/2019

Paul Richmond “Coach” Anderson

Paul Richmond “Coach” Anderson, 86, passed away Feb. 17, 2019 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The son of Vance and Ruby Anderson of Cookeville, TN. Paul was born on July 6, 1932 in Granville, TN and is preceded in death by brothers and sisters Madge Chaffin, Marie Clark, Brian Anderson, Nell Smith, Leo Anderson, Helen Stanford and Carolyn Anderson. He is survived by one brother, David Anderson of Madison. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Anderson of Hendersonville. He is also survived by his two sons Steve (Sherry) of Gallatin, Scott (Leslie) of San Antonio, four grandchildren, Tate (Heather), Grant, Austin and Sarah, and two great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Gracie. His family remembers most his love, strength and lifelong mischievous sense of humor.

Paul was passionate about sports, dance and mentoring young people. He excelled in football at Cookeville High School (senior Capitan) and Tennessee Tech University as a starting running back most seasons. In 2011, he was enshrined into the Cookeville Sports Hall of Fame.

Paul coached many high school sports, particularly football. As head coach, in 1963 he won the state championship with York Institute (Jamestown, TN) High School. His long coaching career spanned small and large high schools including York Institute, Livingston, Portland, and Hendersonville. With a permanent smile, optimistic outlook and a word of encouragement, he was a positive influence on many young lives and most remember him as Coach Anderson.

Special thanks to the kind folks at The Hearth in Hendersonville for the loving care in Paul’s final days.

A visitation was held at Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in Gainesboro, TN on Tue, Feb. 19, 2019. A private graveside service was held at the Richmond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tennessee Tech Foundation.


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