Charles D. McAfee, Jr., fondly known as “Coach”, age 93 of Athens died Tuesday evening, Dec. 13, 2011 at Hickory Creek Nursing Center, The Plains.
Born March 10, 1918 in Coolville, he was the son of the late Charles D. & Nelle Hecox McAfee, Sr.
The family moved to Sac City, Iowa where he graduated from Sac City High School in 1936. He captained the football team and played on two championship teams in basketball during high school. He attended Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) for one year after which his family moved back to Athens County. He then graduated from Ohio University in 1941. He also received his Master’s Degree from Ohio University.
Coach McAfee was hired at Ames-Bern High School in the summer of 1941 as a science teacher and basketball coach. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-44 at Ft. Lewis, Washington during World War II. He taught science and was head basketball coach at Ames-Bern High School for 13 years and at Athens High School for 22 years. He also served as head golf coach, assistant football coach, and athletic director at Athens High School. He compiled an overall basketball win loss record of 571-196 (.744 percentage), including a mark of 255-68 at Ames-Bern and 316-128 at Athens. He coached two teams, one at Ames-Bern and one at Athens, to unbeaten regular seasons. During his tenure, Athens won or tied for the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League championships in eight straight years, and nine out of ten seasons. He won the SEOAL basketball championship 16 times. He coached Ames-Bern to several district tournaments and Athens to a regional game in 1965 before losing to Columbus South (the state champion that year) 50-48.
Coach McAfee was inducted as one of the charter members in the Ohio Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1987 and one of the charter members of the Athens Hall of Fame in 1989. He was also named to the Sac City, Iowa Hall of Fame and a life member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was runner up Class B Coach of the Year in 1954, eight time SEOAL Coach of the Year, South East District Coach of the Year by the Associated Press and Class AAA Coach of the Year. In December 1987 the gymnasium at Athens High School was named in his honor and the basketball jersey number 22 was retired for his twenty two years of service at Athens. He was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Charles is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean Crawford McAfee whom he married on Aug. 1, 1943; his son & daughter in law, Doug & Rosilea McAfee of Amesville; a granddaughter, Mariah (Matt) Goff of London, Ohio; a grandson, Charles D. (Molly) McAfee IV of Clintonville, Ohio; two great grandchildren, Phoebe Goff and Charles D. McAfee V; brother in law, George (Beth) Crawford of Lawrence, Kansas; sister in law, Jessie Essex of Athens; two nieces, Carolyn Chase and Susan McDonald; seven nephews- Mark Smith, Tim Smith, Robert (Jeanine) Smith, Rick (Laura) Essex, Ted Essex, David (Anne) Essex and George A. (Traci) Crawford.
Besides his parents he is preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Smith; brothers in law, Richard Smith and Richard Essex.
Funeral service will be conducted Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens with Rev. Wendy Lybarger officiating. Burial will be in West Union St. Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holzer Hospice, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631.