Ranger Exes Memorial - RJC (Faculty)

Jim Puryear COACH JIM KEITH PURYEAR, 87, "ran" (as opposed to passing) into Heaven on Nov. 10, 2016. Jim was born on Aug. 21, 1929 in Cardin, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in 1947 from Miami High School, Miami, OK. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1952. While in the Navy he served on the USS Perch (SS-313). After the Navy he entered college at the University of North Texas. He was a four year letterman in football at North Texas where he received both his Bachelors & Masters Degrees. After graduation he began his coaching career. While at North Texas, he met and married the love of his life, Jeanene. They were married in Nov. of 1956. His coaching stops included Carrollton High School, Ranger Jr. College, Cisco Jr. College, Wharton County Jr. College and Cisco High School. As a football coach, he invented the Quail Formation. An offensive formation designed to attack the line of scrimmage on a broad front. After coaching, he spent several years as an administrator and principal with Cisco ISD. Jim was a Coach and leader not only in schools, but in his Church and community. He served as a deacon and various other offices at First Baptist and Calvary Baptist Church in Cisco. He was a school board member, Member of the Board of Trustees at Cisco College, City Council member and City Judge. He enjoyed golf and fishing and, most of all his family. He loved to dress as Santa at Christmas because he did not need extra padding in the Santa Suit. He is currently diagramming football plays with the likes of Lombardi, Bryant and Rockne. Jim was preceded in death by his wife Jeanene; his parents, Ellis and Dallas Puryear and two sisters, Rhea Vaughn and Anne Dean Angel. Survivors include two sons, Pepper and wife, Debra, and Mike and wife, Sandra; grandchildren Andrew and wife, Brittany, Austin and wife, Haley, Kathleen, Ross and Shea; and great-grandchildren Lily, Nolan and Graham.