Legendary coach Dick Sheffield passes away

An East Texas coaching legend has died.

Former Jacksonville High School head coach Dick Sheffield died Tuesday at the age of 84.

Sheffield came to jacksonville as an assistant with former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips.

Sheffield took over as head coach in 1959, winning a number of district titles with the Indians. He also led the team to the state semifinals and the state quarterfinals.

Sheffield also coached at Henderson.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m at Central Baptist church in Jacksonville. The funeral will follow at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dick Sheffield Football Scholarship Fund - care of Austin Bank at P. O. Box 951 Jacksonville, TX. 75766  Attn: Anita Snider.

(Photo Courtesy of Autry Funeral Home)