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OBITUARY

James Faber McNally

July 21, 1927March 15, 2019
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James Faber McNally, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday March 15, 2019 surrounded by family. He will be remembered as a faithful man - a devoted father, brother and husband. He was a dedicated coach, teacher and mentor to thousands through his long career at Texas Tech University. Born July 21, 1927 in Austin, MN to Faber and Leontine McNally, he was the oldest of twelve. After attending Austin High School, where he was co-captain of their state championship swim team, he served in the Navy from 1945-1948. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where he met and married Patsy Mae Reynolds in 1949. They moved to Lubbock in 1952 where he went to work for the Boys Club.

Two years later he started his 41- year career at Texas Tech University as swimming and diving coach and associate professor in Health, Physical Education, & Recreation. While at Texas Tech he earned his Master's Degree. The number of Lubbockites who learned to swim or scuba dive at his direction number in the thousands. He started the Lubbock Swim Club and was for many years manager of Clapp Pool. Induction into Austin High Hall of Fame, Texas Tech Hall of Honor, and Distinguished Service Award from Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame were hallmarks of an esteemed career. He was fiercely proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved telling them stories and spending time with them, especially near water. He enjoyed volunteering with Lubbock Friends of the Library for several years.

His parents, sisters Pat Rishavy, Sr. Janet McNally, Marion Hurd, and his beloved wife, Patsy, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Tamara , sons James(Kathy), Robert(Carol), Stephen(Cherie), Charles(Vickie), Alan(Judy), Mark(Nona), Tim(Kim), and daughters Gaile Loving(Bob), Margaret Lewis, Carol Townsend(Russell), step-son, Patrick Seibt, 18 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Daniel, Brian (Baerbel), Dennis (Linda), Thomas (Leslie) and Sisters Sharon Johnson, Janet Larson (Roger), Mary Haraldson, Edith Lee. Rosary with visitation and reception will be Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm at Resthaven Funeral Home, Lubbock, TX. Funeral Mass will be at Christ the King Cathedral on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10:00 am with burial to follow at Resthaven Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Joe Arrington Cancer Center for their extraordinary care and kindness during the past few months. Donations to the Coach James McNally Endowed Scholarship at Texas Tech University may be made to College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, Attn: Cathey Durham, P.O. Box41034, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Memorials to Christ the King Cathedral may also be made to 4011 54th St, Attn: Beverly Wink, Lubbock, TX 79413.

  • FAMILY

  • Faber and Leontine McNally, Parents (deceased)
  • Pat Rishavy, Janet McNally and Marion Hurd, Sisters (deceased)
  • Patsy McNally, Wife (deceased)
  • Tamara McNally, Second Wife
  • James (Kathy), Robert (Carol), Stephen (Cherie), Charles (Vickie), Alan (Judy), Mark (Nona), and Tim (Kim), Sons
  • Gale Loving (Bob), Margaret Lewis, and Carol Townsend (Russell), Daughters
  • Patrick Seibt, Step-son
  • 18 Grandchildren, ~
  • 11 Great-grandchildren, ~
  • Daniel, Brian (Baerbel), Dennis (Linda), Thomas (Leslie), Sharon, Janet (Roger), Mary and Edith, Siblings
  • DONATIONS

  • Coach James McNally Endowed Scholarship at Texas Tech University
  • Christ the King Cathedral

Services

  • Rosary Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, March 25, 2019

Memories

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Fred Volcansek

September 9, 2019

When Mac offered me a scholarship to swim at Texas Tech at the 1963 Texas State HS Swimming Meet, I was thrilled. Mac coached me to have my best performances over the next two and 1/2 years. It was fun to be a member of the first freshman team to ever beat the varsity.

In spite of my ups and downs, he always encouraged me to do my best and when I did, he would let me know it. When I wouldn't try hard enough, then he let me know how disappointed he was.

I was most likely the only swimmer, he ever kicked off one of his teams, when I disobeyed him and disregarded his rules in my junior year at Tech. Young Jim can attest to this. He worked out with us.

I had been spoiled up to that point in my life. No one had ever held me totally accountable for my actions. His decision to kick me off the team was the turning point in my life. I learned from Mac that I had to take responsibility for my actions and would have to suffer the consequences for them.

I graduated from Tech on time and served honorably in the USMC as an officer. Serving in Vietnam was the other learning point in my life. But it was Mac I owe for learning to have the resolution to do what was expected of me and exceed beyond that.

I went on to serve four US Presidents in various capacities and have participated in some of the most significant events our country has faced in the last 50 years.

About 15 years after I left Texas Tech, I came back for a visit. I saw Mac one last time. Although he did not remember me at first, he tried to assure me, I was surely not the most troublesome member of his teams.

Mac always tried to encourage everyone. I know that he did what he needed to do to help me grow up and I will always be grateful for his influence and inspiration.

Again, thank you, Mac, for giving me the chance to be a member of your team and to compete with some of the best swimming talent in this country. I was beaten by the best and I loved every minute of it.

Jacalyn Robert-McComb

March 26, 2019

I am a professor at Texas Tech University. It was Jim who was the person who is responsible for hiring me. There are always hurdles to cross in anyone's life. Jim was there to help me jump all of the hurdles. His life was an inspiration for all of those he touched. I owe him so much. He was definitely a trajectory in my life. I am not a visitor, and so rarely visited, yet his death was a very emotional event for me. Just kowing that he was alive was a beacon of light. I can now pray to his spirit for guidance but I do not know that person yet, so it is a little uncomfortable thinking about his spirit in eternity and not his body and spirit on earth.

John LEONARD

March 25, 2019

Coach McNally taught my brother and me to swim at the Boys Club, a skill that has served me well. Beyond the strokes he taught, he taught courtesy, dignity, and love of God. He was a blessing to us and I know to many others.
Dr. John Leonard
Nacogdoches, TX

Carol Townsend

March 24, 2019

I am the 9th child born into the James McNally family. My Dad will be missed by so many. Through the years of my life I have had the privilege of sharing laughter, smiles, many birthday candles, love, and yes tears with Dad. I have always known that if I was upset or scared, or had new developments to share that all I needed to do was go see my Dad and sit down and talk and I would leave with confidence, strength, and hope. That is how Dad was with all of us kids.

His endurance, faith, love and leadership was cherished by all whose lives he touched.

These are some of the things I will miss the most, his smile, his hugs, his guidance. My Dad has a legacy of family to carry on with all he has taught us.

Dad know that my husband Russell, Townsend, your grandson Benjamin Vines, your granddaughter Barbra Vines, along with two lovely great granddaughters Ava Marie Vines and Olivia Jewel Vines love you and our lives are better because of you.

We will hold Tamara and Patrick in our arms. I love you you so much.

Your daughter,

Carol Marie McNally (Townsend)

Richard Sybesma

March 23, 2019

A true Texas Tech Red Raider legend to so many. Thank you Coach McNally. Richard Sybesma

Fr. Bsrtholomew Ugochukwu

March 21, 2019

I came to know Jim when I worked as Priest-Senior Chaplain with Covenant Health, Lubbock TX.
He was very religious with Mass attendance and devotions. He was my 2nd father while I journeyed in USA via Lubbock.
It saddened my heart to hear about his passing away. I believe he has gone to heaven to see God as he really is. He worked meritoriously for it. He has gone before us marked with the sign of faith in Christ's resurrection.
My condolences to his wife, Tamara, and family. Please take heart. Jim lived a good and saintly life.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in the peace of Christ Jesus. Amen.
From Fr. Bartho Ugochukwu.

Philip Simpkins

March 20, 2019

I had the good fortune of spending about an hour on the phone with Coach Mac about 2 weeks ago. He sounded great and I think enjoyed discussing swimmers from his Texas Tech years. I am 75 now and can only think of a handful of men that have had a profound influence on my life. I am please that Mac was one. I just hung up talking with Robert Graham -- Mac's All American swimmer. Robert and I enjoyed sharing some memories swimming for Mac. I could go on and on.
Coach Mac, thanks for all the great memories. Enjoy Haven!

Patricia Reeve

March 19, 2019

Coach McNally was a blessing and beautiful influence for so many young men and women through Texas Tech Swimming. Thank you Coach Mac.
I send my thoughts and prayers to the McNally family.

Steve Kaczmarek

March 19, 2019

Coach Mac was a great friend to so many. He was one of the greatest influences in my life. He was the reason I became a swimming and diving coach. Words cannot say enough of what a great man and human being he was. I could always just call him for advice for any purpose. I give my success as a coach to him. I as well will be forever grateful to him for everything he did for me and others. Coach Mac you will be missed by so many. Everyone who ever knew him loved him. My sincere condolences to all family members.

Chris MacCurdy

March 17, 2019

Coach Mac was not only a coach but a good friend and influence on me and my coaching. He helped me at times when I struggled and had faith in my abilities to succeed. He was a tremendously loving father and family man. I truly appreciate having him in my life and will forever be grateful to him for all he did for me and my team mates and friends.

Love You, Coach Mac !❤️❗️

FROM THE FAMILY

James (Dad) OU Graduation picture

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Dad as the OU lifeguard 1949

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Birthday with the Lubbock Swim club

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Navy Jim 1948

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Dad the swimmer

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Patsy and Jim McNally
OU Campus 1949

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Leontine - Dad 1927

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Young McNally family

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Paul, Natalie, Ruby, Reid 10/2018

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Jesse and Dad

Biography

James Faber McNally, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday March 15, 2019 surrounded by family. He will be remembered as a faithful man - a devoted father, brother and husband. He was a dedicated coach, teacher and mentor to thousands through his long career at Texas Tech University. Born July 21, 1927 in Austin, MN to Faber and Leontine McNally, he was the oldest of twelve. After attending Austin High School, where he was co-captain of their state championship swim team, he served in the Navy from 1945-1948. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where he met and married Patsy Mae Reynolds in 1949. They moved to Lubbock in 1952 where he went to work for the Boys Club.

Two years later he started his 41- year career at Texas Tech University as swimming and diving coach and associate professor in Health, Physical Education, & Recreation. While at Texas Tech he earned his Master's Degree. The number of Lubbockites who learned to swim or scuba dive at his direction number in the thousands. He started the Lubbock Swim Club and was for many years manager of Clapp Pool. Induction into Austin High Hall of Fame, Texas Tech Hall of Honor, and Distinguished Service Award from Texas Swimming & Diving Hall of Fame were hallmarks of an esteemed career.

He was fiercely proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved telling them stories and spending time with them, especially near water. He enjoyed volunteering with Lubbock Friends of the Library for several years.
His parents, sisters Pat Rishavy, Sr. Janet McNally, Marion Hurd, and his beloved wife, Patsy, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Tamara , sons James(Kathy), Robert(Carol), Stephen(Cherie), Charles(Vickie), Alan(Judy), Mark(Nona), Tim(Kim), and daughters Gaile Loving(Bob), Margaret Lewis, Carol Townsend(Russell), step-son, Patrick Seibt, 18 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Daniel, Brian (Baerbel), Dennis (Linda), Thomas (Leslie) and Sisters Sharon Johnson, Janet Larson (Roger), Mary Haraldson, Edith Lee. Rosary with visitation and reception will be Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm at Resthaven Funeral Home, Lubbock, TX. Funeral Mass will be at Christ the King Cathedral on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10:00 am with burial to follow at Resthaven Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Joe Arrington Cancer Center for their extraordinary care and kindness during the past few months. Donations to the Coach James McNally Endowed Scholarship at Texas Tech University may be made to College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, Attn: Cathey Durham, P.O. Box41034, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Memorials to Christ the King Cathedral may also be made to 4011 54th St, Attn: Beverly Wink, Lubbock, TX 79413.