Jess Stiles LUBBOCK-Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Jess Stiles, 83, of Lubbock this evening, June 21, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, in First Baptist Church, Lubbock. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, in the Whiterock Cemetery, Clarksville, Texas. The Lord welcomed his faithful servant home on June 19, 2013. Jess, better known as Coach, was born on March 12, 1930, to the late Jess and Louise (Blanche) Stiles in the community of Whiterock, Red River County. He attended Clarksville Public Schools and graduated in 1948. While in high school he excelled as a football player, playing offense, defense, punter and extra point kicker. He was known as the Big Indian. He attended Baylor University on a scholarship but later transferred to Paris Jr. College and on to Midwestern University. After graduation he coached at Midwestern. On June 7, 1952, Jess married the love of his life, Treva Galloway, in Electra. Jess took his first head coaching job at Haskell in 1955. He went on to coach at Bowie and then Wichita Falls as an assistant to Joe Golding. While there they won a State Championship in 1961. He was the first head coach at Hirschi High School, where he had a successful five year career. While coaching at Borger for a year, Jess was recruited by J.T. King to the collegiate level. Jess came to Texas Tech and was the freshman coach, where he had four undefeated seasons. He served under Jim Carlen, Steve Sloan and Rex Dockery. Jess left Tech for three years to coach with Tom Wilson, an ex-Red Raider, at Texas A&M University. Being a Red Raider at heart, Jess returned to his roots at Texas Tech in 1982, working in administration full time until his retirement in 1994, and part-time until 2011. Coach was a member of First Baptist Church, Lubbock where he served as a deacon, and was the adult 5 Sunday school director for 31 years. Along with his parents, Jess was preceded in death by a son, Jess Stephen Stiles; and two brothers, John Stiles and C.D. Stiles. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Treva; two daughters, Susan Hudson and husband Jess and Sara Gray and husband Darin; four grandchildren, Cory Stiles Hudson, Jennifer Hudson, Jess Stephen Hudson and Garrett Gray. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Jess Stiles Memorial Fund, c/o Texas Tech Foundation, Box 41081, Lubbock, Texas 79409. To send your words of encouragement and memories of Coach visit www.memorialdesigners.net.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on June 21, 2013