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Robert "Slick" McCool

March 24, 1933 ~ February 24, 2019 (age 85)

Robert Andrew “Slick” McCool, 85, died Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Creekside Manor Assisted Living in Saltillo after a brief illness.  Slick was born in Cleveland, Miss and grew up there attending their public schools where he excelled in athletics.  After attending Ole Miss 1954-1955, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict. Slick returned to Delta State to complete is education earning a BA and MA in Health Education and Coaching.  He had a 40 plus year career as a football coach in Mississippi, Colorado and Louisiana returning in the early 1990’s where he began in Cleveland Public Schools. Coach McCool was a highly touted football coach with many award-winning teams also coaching golf and winning a State Basketball Championship in Franklinton, LA.  He enjoyed playing golf and hunting.  He was known for big game hunt trips in Colorado.  He and his wife were member s of the Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church.  He enjoyed life, living large and sharing his sense of humor and colorful personality with all he came in contact.  It is noted that he greatly enjoyed John Wayne movies, which he respectfully referred to as “ass kicking” movies.

The family and close friends will inter his cremains in the McCool Family Plot in New Cleveland Cemetery in a private ceremony at a later date.  There will be no local visitation or service.  Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friend.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Johnson McCool of Mooreville, to whom he married on April 5, l997; his children, Todd McCool and wife Joy of Phoenix, Ariz., Tanya McCool Miller and husband, Craig of Centennial, Colorado and step daughter, Lisa Haydock Hunt and husband, Hugh of Dallas, TX.  5 grandchildren, Madison Miller, McKensie Miller, Trey McCool, Kendall McCool and Karli McCool.  Three step granddaughters, Laryn and Haylee Hunt and Rylee Willemin.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Betty Jean Ray and James McCool. 

Memorials may be made to the Tupelo Veteran’s Park, P.O. Box 360, Tupelo, MS. 38803. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net

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