Lawrence Harry "Papaw" Dailey

May 21, 1933April 24, 2013
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Harry Dailey, 79, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Harry was born in Beaumont, Texas, May 21, 1933, to Percy Arond Dailey and Tralice Norma Trump. He grew up in High Island, Texas and often told stories of his childhood experiences on the coast of trapping in the marshes, seining at the beach, working the oil fields, dancing at Crystal Beach and fun times with his large family of brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Harry enjoyed the camaraderie of teamwork playing 6 man football, good friends and respect of the “the game.” He graduated from High Island High School in 1951, where he found his calling in sports. Harry attended Stephen F. Austin State University from 1951 to 1955 where he played football and track and earned a BS in Education in 1955 and a Masters of Education in 1959. There he met Barbara in 1953 and they were married in 1954. He served in the Navy for 2 years and then coaching and teaching became his life. From 1957 to 1988 Harry had the opportunity to offer his knowledge and skills to students and athletes, instilling in them tough love and discipline along with praise of even the smallest accomplishments. With thanks we acknowledge Sealy HS, Coppers Cove HS, Austin High, McCallum HS, Anderson HS, Leander HS, and St. Michaels HS for 41 years of learning and sports. We proudly wave your colors today.

Harry and Barbara were blessed with 3 children: Darla, Danny, and Todd. Following in his footsteps both in careers and in life, his family continues to be inspired by his legacy of love and living. Harry loved his family very much. He was a wonderful man, a man of honor with integrity and values, a super dad, and the greatest “Papaw” to his 9 grandchildren who can tell you stories of happy times at sporting events, at the beach house on 4th of July, his practical jokes, his famous “Papaw pancakes” and his gentle and tough life lessons.

From 1988 to today, coach enjoyed his retirement years. He loved his church family, Lord of Life Lutheran and was blessed with the opportunity to help build the mission church. His legacy came full circle with the rebuilding of the beach cabin after hurricane Ike. At the beach; toss in a line, catch a crab, build a sandcastle, collect seashells, put your toes in the sand, and enjoy the sunrise and the sun set. Life is good. Harry enjoyed “the dance”.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents Percy Arond Dailey and Tralice Norma Trump. He is survived by his wife Barbara; his three children, daughter Darla Gay and husband Roy; his sons Danny Dailey and wife Shawn, and Todd Dailey and wife Leigh Ann; his grandchildren, Cary Gay, Ashtynn and Mitchell Dailey, Kendall and Truett Hardgrove, Walker Dailey, and Kaleb, Kyle and Kole Dailey; and his brothers Lonnie Dailey and Georgie Dailey.

Appreciation is sent to Dr. Robert Raley, Windsor Nursing and Rehab Center of Duval, Dr. Jason Martin, Josie Nelson, Hospice Austin, and the nurses, aides, and staff who lovingly took care of Harry.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Lord of Life Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills located at 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church located at 9700 Neenah Avenue, Austin, Texas. There will be an escorted procession to Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas following the service.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, April 28, 2013

Lawrence Harry "Papaw" Dailey

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Betty Jeffrey

May 12, 2014

Just now seeing this obit. I have many wonderful memories of Mr. Dailey as my World History teacher at Austin High School. He made history pertinent to today's world and showed me how to keep relating it that way. I learned to love the subject. His gentle humor and warm smile was priceless in a teacher. I also attended many football games and enjoyed watching them, always eager to congratulate him when they won. Those were the good ole days......May God continue to bless and keep his family in the future.

Larry McMaster

October 22, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Coach Dailey - he was my coach at Copperas Cove in 1965 in football and track. Rest in peace Coach.

Charlie Taliaferro

August 9, 2013

I was fortunate to be coached in both football and track by Coach Daily. I always smile a little bit when I think back to those those years and Coach Daily.

Randal Smith

May 5, 2013

I woke up this morning thinking of Coach Dailey. I have not seen him in years and my interaction with him was limited to only a few years while I was a student at Leander High School and a few occasional family events. However, he's one of those individuals that stand out in my mind as someone I admire, respected and will remember. Coach Dailey was a kind and gentle man. He was well spoken, dressed casually and always appeared ready for teaching a class or hitting the football field. He would glide through life easily and when you were in his presence there was a calming effect that I cannot explain. He always had the right answers regardless of the subject. He was loved by those close to him because he had a very good heart and a gentle soul. I am very thankful for the time I did have with him and pray for those that feel his loss the most. I'm certain his place in heaven was reserved a very long time ago and he is looking down on all of us smiling with the same kind eyes and gentle heart he had throughout the course of his life. Thank you God for blessing us with his life and please look after him and have him look after us; as he would make a great angel.


Randal F Smith

Lloyd & Sandi Teitelbaum

May 2, 2013

Barbara, Roy, Darla, Cary and family...our love and prayers are with you all. Harry was a wonderful, husband, father, and pawpaw. How blessed you all are to have had him in your lives.

Gina & JJ Walding

May 2, 2013

Coach Harry Dailey, Well it's been a week since your service and although you and your (our) family have been steadily in my thoughts, I'm just now getting them together on paper. I know you'd laugh because you laughed when I was tardy in spite of sending me to the office. You were just fair that way and the rule was, "in your chair when final bell rings, no excuses.." for anyone, ha even your son-in-laws niece. Same with homework, you wanted us to try our best and I loved that about you. I loved the way you made things interesting and I loved your humor. The following quote may be true I suppose “...that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” As a whole I felt incredibly inspired, elated and encouraged by you.

I witnessed a personal side of you at family gatherings that was such a blessing to all of us, and through private stories, that not everyone has heard, I learned the depth of your heart was as big, generous and loving as ever there could be. Our families meshed and grew, and time has passed. What an awesome legacy you have left us all and your family whom you put above all else, except your Lord and Savior. What beautiful memories for us to treasure. I only wish I could have been there for more of them.. Looking through pics though, I've reminisced about some of the fun memories captured when Cary & Serina were little and felt grateful to have been a part of your life.

Family: I Love you all! Coach Dailey, I will see you again for certain and I won't be late :) because it will be on God's schedule. My heart & prayers go out to all of those missing you. Danny, your Daddy would be proud of the way you delivered his eulogy. I know how difficult that must have been. Todd, your wife Leigh Ann touched everyone with her beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace. Thanks to the solitary gentleman sitting in the pew behind us singing out each song amazingly.. like an angel. It blessed & touched our hearts.. Papaw Dailey, we'll see you at the beach house in the sky where sorrow will be no more. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Wade Sanders

May 2, 2013

Very sad to hear of Coach Dailey's passing. He was a rare breed of a great coach and a great teacher in the class room, on the field and in life in general. He always had a way of firing you up like no other coach I ever had. You simply wanted to play hard for him. Rest in peace Coach, going to miss you!

Margaret (Filipp) Singleton

May 1, 2013

My sincerest sympathies to the Dailey family on your loss. I always admired Coach Dailey--he was a wonderful teacher and a respected coach at Sealy High School. He even taught me Driver's Ed in an old Chevy with standard transmission; the car had no air conditioning and the gears periodically locked!

May you find comfort in treasured memories and peace in God's loving embrace.

Carolyn Zaskoda

April 30, 2013

I extend my sincere sympathy to the Dailey family. Coach Dailey has always had a special place in my heart since his time at Sealy High School, where he was my class sponsor and biology teacher. I think of him and the rest of you Daileys each time I pass the house on the corner of Hwy 36 and North 3rd Street. May the wonderful memories you have of him comfort you in the days ahead.

April 29, 2013

What a delightful person and good Christian man. He was a terrific teacher and coach.
Larry and Niki Sanders