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AHSAA mourns death of Hall of Fame Coach Lefty Anderson

 

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of AHSAA Hall of Fame Coach C.D. “Lefty” Anderson. Mr. Anderson, 86, passed away Thursday night after a long illness.
   He was inducted as a charter member of the AHSAA Hall of Fame in 1991. He coached football at Frisco City and Murphy where he compiled a 95-38-5 record in 14 years. He served Murphy 10 more years as assistant principal and principal and then served as Mobile County Schools athletic director for eight more years.  He also served 13 years on the AHSAA Central Board, including two terms as president. He is a graduate of Jackson High School and the University of West Alabama (Livingston State College).
      “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Lefty Anderson has been a long-time friend of mine personally and an even longer friend to the AHSAA. He served faithfully in various positions as a teacher, coach, athletic director, administrator … and was a long-time member of the AHSAA Central Board of Control providing strong leadership for all our schools.
     “His volunteer efforts outside his daily duties were immense. He played a leadership role in the formation of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game that has been played since 1988. His love for high school sports and student-athletes helped him become one of the AHSAA’s greatest mentors to other coaches.
      “He has been a Hall of Fame coach and administrator … a man of strong faith and character. He taught us all how to serve by his own example because he had a servant’s heart. While he will be sorely missed by us all, his legacy will live on through the many he touched.”
      The funeral service for Mr. Anderson will be Monday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m., at Radney Funeral Home on Dauphin Street in Mobile. Family visitation will precede the service from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
      The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to L'Arche Mobile, 151 S. Ann St. Mobile, AL 36604.
    



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