George Wallace MacIntyre, also known as "Coach," entered heaven's gates on January 5, 2016 after a 20+ year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
George is survived by his high school sweetheart and faithful wife of 54 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Harvey MacIntyre; his two sons Mike MacIntyre (Trisha) and Matt MacIntyre (Sarah), and six grandchildren, Jennifer, Jay, Jonston, Mattie Kate, George and Mimi. He is also survived by his loving siblings Neil MacIntyre, Margaret Collier, Edie Carraway and Mary Sue McCrone.
George was one of six children of Donald Stewart and Margaret Galloway MacIntyre. He was born on April 30, 1939 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated in 1957 as President of his Senior class at Andrew Jackson Sr. High School where many lifelong friendships began.
George excelled in sports and received many awards in athletics. He was First Team AllState in football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1961 where he played quarterback and defensive back. On June 17, 1961 he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Harvey. The loving bond they shared in the 54 years of marriage was a true love story.
George spent two years in the Army where he played ball for Uncle Sam before starting his long accomplished coaching career at the following schools: Terry Parker High School, 1961-1963; University of Miami, 1964-1967; Tampa University, 1968-1969; Clemson University, 1970-1972; Vanderbilt University, 1973-1974; UT Martin, 1975-1977; ?Ole Miss, 1978;? Vanderbilt University, 1979-1985;? Donelson Christian Academy, 1991-1992; Episcopal High School, Jacksonville, 1993-1994 and Liberty University, 1995-1998.
Throughout his life, Coach's genuine care and concern for others was evident, enriching the lives of anyone who crossed his path. He had a special way of always making others feel like they were most important. He also had an inherent way of blessing others when they came to visit. His faith in God was unwavering and his love for his family, players and friends was always present. As a husband, father and grandfather, he was a wonderful example of a Godly man. Always an optimist, he had a contagious, enthusiastic spirit that will always live on. Coach faced many obstacles in his life, though he never complained. He was a special man and leaves a remarkable legacy for us to follow. We will all miss his sweet smile but we are secure in the fact that we will see him again in glory.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, from 4:00-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall/Gymnasium at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 2101 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN. There will be visitation at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 9 with the funeral following at 2:00pm at Forest Hills Baptist Church.
Memorial gifts in his honor may be given to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 449 Metroplex Dr., Nashville TN 37211 or the MidSouth MS Society, 214 Overlook Circle, Suite 153, Brentwood TN 37027. An online guestbook is available at AustinFuneralService.com
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Published by Tennessean from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2016.