James Stanley "Coach"
Published in Abilene Reporter-News on April 11, 2011
"Coach" Suba passed away April 8, 2011 at the age of 86 years.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Reese Suba; children
Lea Suba Kimbrell (Jim), Tricia Suba Renfro (Ray), Strech Suba (Lou),
and Jo Lyn Suba Iverson (widow of Logan); grandchildren Denver Renfro
(Kris), Kyle Kimbrell, Matthew Renfro, Grady Kimbrell, DJ and Sarah Iverson;
and great-granddaughters Katherine and Norah Renfro; sister, Gloria Wakeland
(Billy) and nieces and nephews.
His greatest loves on this earth were his family, baseball and the Marine
Corp. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time in God's great outdoors. He
taught and coached countless young people over the years in the classroom,
on a field or in a gym, behind the wheel of a driver's education car,
in the backyard or wherever he sat down. Coach taught in several school
districts and retired from Sheldon ISD in 1985.
He played college and semi-pro baseball and pitched batting practice for
13 years for the Colt 45s and the Houston Astros. He was a fixture at
Colt 45 stadium, the Astrodome and Minute Maid Park from 1964 through
the 2008 season.
Coach will be remembered by a host of friends for his generosity and ability
to turn adversity into a learning experience.
The family wants to express their deep gratitude and appreciation to the
staff at Wisteria Place.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity
of your choice.
The family will have a viewing at Elmwood Funeral Home on Monday, April
11, from 6-8 pm. There will be a private burial on Tuesday, April 12.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family through
the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com