"October 2008: Thought you all might like to
see Coach Jim Francis and his wife Peggy; they live in Delaware Springs, a
golfing community in Texas Hill Country just outside Burnett, and to say they
are active is the ultimate understatement -- I had to fit in the visit and
picture-taking between their trips, they'd just returned from Myrtle Beach where
Coach Jim played in the World Amateur Handicap (for non-golfers, this is a
golf term, not a medical one..) golf tournament with Peggy's son, and they were
getting ready to go to California for Peggy to play in a national hardcourt
tennis tournament (she and her partner were ranked #2 in the nation in 'Age 70s and
over' and now that Peggy's 75, she'll be playing in '75's and over', aiming
for #1 of course). Coach
Jim and Peggy also play golf and tennis in the Senior Olympics. Incidentally, Peggy's had both knees replaced!
I invited them to the reunion
(Class of 1958, held recently) but as one might guess, they were already committed
to a busy fall schedule.
Coach Francis was admired by all when we were in high school and he is a prince of a guy to this
day, 82 years young and still having a ball.
[Sharon sent the above to Gary Wofford, Class of '58 and Gary sent it to his
brother, '56er Miles Wofford, who sent it to this website knowing that many
of us will be interested to hear and see that Coach Francis is doing great.