Coach Ben Fendley
Coach Ben Fendley, age 84, of Clarksville, TN, died on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at his residence.
He was born on December 20, 1928 in Dora, Alabama to the late Lonnie Benjamin Fendley and Audrey Ledbetter Fendley. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Guy Edward Fendley and Charles Kenneth Fendley.
Funeral service will be held 12 noon on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Chapel with Rev. Skip Armistead officiating. Burial at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West in Hopkinsville, KY.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 3-7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 3, 2013 from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Ben was a basketball coach and history teacher at Clarksville High School. He began his teaching and coaching career at Stewart County High School in 1954. In 1957, he began coaching at CHS until 1992. He graduated from APSU in 1951. At APSU he played both baseball and football. He was inducted into the APSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979. To this date, he still holds the career yard per rushing average. He received his Masters Degree from George Peabody College. He married Geri Reed Fendley in 1951. He was also a U.S. Marines Veteran, having served in the Korean War. In Korea, he served as a 2nd LT then a 1st LT. He was promoted to Captain in the Marine Reserves.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Gray (Geri) Reed Fendley of Clarksville, TN; two sons, Mart Grayson Fendley (Alice) and William Benjamin (Bill) Fendley (Teena) of Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Clarksville, TN; sister, Mary Jo Melvin of Birmingham, AL; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne Fendley Hahn, Benjamin (Ben) Grayson Fendley, Jacob (Jake) Walter Fendley, Catherine Amelia Fendley, Krista Nichole Wilbon, James Clayton Grubbs, Taylor Alexsis Warren and Stephanie Ann Ripley; eight great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ben Fendley, Jake Fendley, Jeff Hahn, Andy Brigham, Gueary Reed, Kerry Dove and Frank Fletcher. Honorary Pallbearers will be former CHS and Stewart County High School players and coaches.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ben Fendley Athletic Scholarship Fund at APSU, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040.
Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040, (931) 645-6488
Published in The Leaf Chronicle from July 1 to July 3, 2013