Paul Richmond “Coach” Anderson, 86, passed away February
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 will be held at Anderson – Upper Cumberland
Funeral Home in Gainesboro, TN, from 5 P.M. - 8 P.M. on
Tuesday, February 19, 2019. A private graveside service will
be held at the Richmond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to the Tennessee Tech Foundation.
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