CHAFIN, MOSES BENTON, III
Gainesville - Moses Benton Chafin, III "M.B.", Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Health and Human Performance, died May 1, 2013 of Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was born in Jacksonville, FL, August 20, 1933 to Dr. M.B. and Mrs. Pauline Chafin, Jr. As he grew up on the Southside he enjoyed the wooded areas and the close by St. John's River - a regular "Huckleberry Finn"! He and his father enjoyed fishing and hunting together. He graduated Landon High School in 1951, where he ran track and was captain of the team, and in football he was on the winning state Big Ten Champs team of 1950. Following high school, M.B. served in the U.S. Army, 7th Calvary.
He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Physical Education and Health in 1956 and then earned his Master's Degree in 1960. While attending UF he was on the track team that won the SEC Championship in 1956. Upon graduation, he taught at the then St. Petersburg Junior College and was the men's tennis coach. Four years later, in 1964, M.B. joined the faculty at the University of Florida and taught physical education classes. He had been a graduate student assistant for tennis coach, Bill Potter and upon returning to Gainesville he was assistant coach to Coach Potter. When Coach Potter retired, M.B. became the Head Men's Tennis Coach in 1978. M.B. continued teaching as he coached. In 1976, he and close friend P.A. Lee formed the Gator Tennis Camp with the first session beginning the summer of 1977. It was the only other camp on campus other than Doug Dickey's football camp and the only one of its kind in North Florida. The camp he began has continued throughout the years and M.B. remained active until his retirement in the summer of 2012. He also formed his own camp which was called Southern Tennis Academy, they were held in North Carolina and Georgia. M.B. loved the camps with the children and working with the students who taught the tennis. He retired as Head Men's Tennis Coach in 1984 and was named SEC Coach of the Year. M.B. was twice named teacher of the year in his college at UF. Soon after retiring from coaching he became director of recreational sports, and remained in that position until he retired in December of 2000, after 36 years at UF. Some of his team members still stay in touch and visit for lunch and "reunions" from time to time. Tennis Everyone is an instructional book and teaching manual that he coauthored with Dr. Clancy Moore. This was well received by 400 colleges and has had 6 revisions which included other authors. He was an avid photographer and took all of the photos for the illustrations in the book. M.B. was a member of the Florida Blue Key, University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame, the Gainesville Quarterback Club, and a long-time member and Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville.
M.B. is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Mahala Barnes, their sons, M.B. Chafin IV "Ben" and wife Cathy, and Michael Brian Chafin; his sister, Leslie Schell, a granddaughter, Caitlin Chafin and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. M.B. Chafin, Jr. and his brother Paul Chafin. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a happy person with a great sense of humor, kind, considerate of others and helpful to those in need.
Service of Celebration will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at 1:00pm at First Baptist Church of Gainesville (NW 39th Ave and NW 143rd St.), with Rev. Lynwood Walters and Rev. Lynn Williams officiating. A reception will follow at the church. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to The First Baptist Church or the University of Florida Foundation for the use of the William M. Potter/M.B. Chafin Scholarship Fund (UF Foundation) College of Health and Human Performance P.O. Box 118200 Gainesville, FL 32611-8200, Attn: Shari Mack. Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA 823 NW 143RD St.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 4 to May 6, 2013