The Obit For Tommy McIntyre

Thomes Kirkland McIntyre
(1934 - 2011)

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 9, 2011

WEAVERVILLE - Thomas K. McIntyre, age 76, of Weaverville, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Born in Chesnee, South Carolina, he graduated from Wofford College with a degree in Education and Psychology. He signed a professional baseball contract as a pitcher with the then-New York Giants in 1956 and played in their minor-league organization in Danville, Va., before joining the Army. He served at Ft. Bliss, Texas, for two years and in the Reserves for five years.

Upon honorable discharge, he became the athletic director and head coach at Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs, SC (1958-1974). In 1974, he became the athletic director and head football coach at Hillcrest High School in Dalzell, SC (1974-1988), winning the 1985 4A Division 2 State Championship in football. Among the honors he received during his career were selection as the SC Football Coach of the Year in 1985, assistant and then head coach of SC Shrine Bowl teams (1981, 1987), the Wofford College Athletic Hall of Fame (1990), and the SC Order of the Silver Crescent (2000).

He retired from SC in 1988, then became athletic director and head football coach at North Buncombe High School in Weaverville (1988-1998).

He loved being a teacher and coach and being involved in the lives of so many young people. He enjoyed being around people and always had a funny story to share.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jacqueline Bates McIntyre of Weaverville; three children, Thomas K. McIntyre, Jr., of Hampton, Va., C. Edwin McIntyre of Cary, and Nancy E. McIntyre of Lubbock, Texas; four grandchildren, Christy Pellicer, Scott McIntyre, Sarah Tuttle, and Edwin Tyler McIntyre; and three great-grandchildren, Tyler Scott McIntyre, Makayla Powers, and Jude Pellicer.

His graveside service will be held at 12:30 PM, Saturday, June 11, 2011, in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, SC.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Friday, June 10, at West Funeral Home. There will also be a visitation from 11-12 Noon on Saturday at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, Spartanburg.

Condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. McIntyre's obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.