In Loving Memory Of Norman Eugene McCanlies Aug. 8, 1930 - Nov. 9, 2013


ODESSA - Norman Eugene McCanlies, who devoted his life to young people in the classroom and on the football and baseball fields, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. A celebration of the life of Coach McCanlies will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Odessa, with a graveside service at 4 p.m. at Littlefield Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors, Odessa, from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Gene McCanlies was the son of Noah and Mabel McCanlies, born Aug. 8, 1930. He graduated from Littlefield High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in History/Education from Howard Payne University in 1952, and his MS from Texas Tech University. He began his teaching career in his hometown of Littlefield, and also taught and coached at Borger and Odessa Permian High School. Over a period of three decades Coach Mc was part of many winning football teams with two state championships at Odessa Permian in 1965 and 1972. He was a fierce supporter of Permian gymnastics. He was awarded a place in the Athletic Hall of Honor at Howard Payne University and was honored to have the Odessa Permian baseball field named McCanlies Field, after him. Coach had a love of music from all genres, from Sons of the Pioneers to the classics and sacred hymns. One of fondest memories of his nieces is having a ‘sing along’ of old favorites, with Coach being the only one to remember all of the lyrics. He had a beautiful baritone voice and enjoyed the music program at Odessa First Baptist Church where he was a long time member. Gene McCanlies was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Inez Kesey, Ed McCanlies and Jack McCanlies. His surviving nieces and nephews include Mark McCanlies of North Richland Hills, David McCanlies of Redfield, Iowa, Karen Speer of Phoenix, Arizona, Karla Dunn of Plainview, Diane McIver of Lubbock and Marsha Jeffries of Abilene. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Permian High School’s ‘Panther Den’, 1800 E. 42nd Street, Odessa, Texas, 79762. The ripple effect of his love of teaching and sports will continue to flow through time and will be cherished by those who held him dear. Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
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