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15015 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX

OBITUARY

John Richard Furlow

March 18, 1955January 2, 2020

John Richard Furlow was born in Freer, Texas on March 18, 1955. He died in Sugar Land, Texas on January 2, 2020, at age 64, after dealing with several health issues. John attended Premont High School where as a Premont Cowboy he starred on the tennis and basketball teams, while also playing the trombone in the Cowboy Marching Band. John was listed in the 1973 Who’s Who Among High School Seniors and was named as an Outstanding Teenager of America that same year. After high school, John attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville where he played on the tennis team and later worked as a graduate assistant coach for two years. He also served in the Premont Voluntary Fire Department that was established in 1952 and still serves the local community. John entered the teaching profession in 1980 at Alice High School where he taught social studies and coached tennis. John moved to Sugar Land in 1983 to join the first faculty at Clements High School. He taught social studies, health, and was the school’s only head tennis coach for 37 years. During that time, Coach Furlow’s tennis teams earned 32 district championships and two regional championships. Thirty-six individual tennis players advanced to the state tournament and four won state championships. Overall, John led Clements tennis to the state tournament 17 times. John was selected as the Texas Tennis Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2015. He received the 2018 Brandon Clark Courage Award presented by the Texas Tennis Coaches Association. John was named Clements High School Teacher of the Year in 1993. John was the last of the “Original Rangers” to teach at Clements. He was extremely proud of that fact. His life was inseparable from Clements. John was the most dedicated Clements Ranger to walk the campus. He did it all: teacher, head tennis coach, football game videographer, “marquee man,” Ranger Camp director, lunch duty and “Sparkle” coordinator, bus driver, faculty party planner, “Furlow Awards” presenter, friend, confidant, and mentor to thousands of students and colleagues. John was supremely happy to take on his recent role as part-time employee while continuing to serve as head tennis coach. While his daily routines at school changed this year, his commitment to Clements never waned. John was predeceased by his parents Joyce Annie Cook Furlow and Billy Joe Furlow. He is survived by his sister Annalee Furlow Harvey, her husband Doug, along with thousands of former students, colleagues, and friends. As John loved to say, “Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger!” He will live forever in our hearts. A memorial service for John is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 5:00 P.M. in The Clements High School Auditorium. In lieu of flowers, please see the Clements website in the coming weeks for information about how to donate to the John Furlow Tennis Scholarship Fund.

Services

  • Celebration Of Life Thursday, January 9, 2020

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Lauren Szeto Andrews

January 11, 2020

I had the privilege of having Coach Furlow as my coach for tennis (1994-1998). He was always understanding, kind, fair, thoughtful and generous. My true appreciation for his dedication to the school and community came many years after I graduated from CHS. Thank you for inspiring us through your wonderful example.

Tommy Miller

January 10, 2020

I cannot express how heavy my heart is with this loss. John was my connection to the wonderful decade I spent at Clements HS, as he and I both shared an unhealthy love of Larry's Mexican food! I saw and visited with John almost monthly, getting the scoop on CHS. He was such a class human being, and his tribute yesterday just reiterated the impact this blessing of a man had on so many people. I can't imagine Clements without John. From welcoming me so warmly in 1994 to my Enchilada Updates, John Furlow brought only joy. Yesterday really showed me what an impact John had and what an inspiration John will always be for so, so many people. Rest in Peace my friend, and know that you were truly God's instrument and your impact continues.
Tommy Miller Jr.

James Messer

January 10, 2020

I remember that John was the nice’s person I knew in Premont. He actually got me started in tennis. I was in the eighth grade and he and someone else were playing tennis by my house. As he or the other person occasionally hit the tennis ball over the fencing around the courts I would go fetch the tennis balls out of the weeds and throw them back to the court. He actually paid me to do this with small pocket change. And after they played he handed me his tennis racket and showed me how to hit the ball. I then took to playing tennis. He was an idle of mine at that time and he will be missed greatly!

Rolando Lopez

January 9, 2020

Coach Furlow was a friend to all — along with Coach, I opened Clements as Supervisor for Custodial Staff in 1983. My Sincerest Condolences to Coach’ family. May He Rest In Eternal Peace!

Rolando Lopez

Greg Kay

January 9, 2020

There is nothing that I can say that has not been said already from all the posts from those that had the privilege to know Coach Furlow. My fondest memories in high school involve Coach Furlow and our tennis team (94-98). I am so grateful for all the memories and I am lucky that I had the chance to have been coached by such a great person. I regret not keeping in better touch but he will always have a special place in my heart. Thanks Coach!

Nancy Tielke

January 9, 2020

The Tielke family from Rocking T Tennis extends sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers to the family, friends, and students of John Furlow for their loss of such a wonderful person. May John be at peace, and he will always be remembered as a remarkable individual.
Cecil and I first met John early in his long, outstanding career as the head tennis coach at Clements High School. As young adults, we would have fun playing with and against him in local tennis activities, especially with Chuck Sanchelli and Fort Bend Tennis Services. Cecil is a retired Fort Bend ISD principal, and I worked for many years as a teacher in the district, until we moved out to Needville in 2008. Our sons, Greg and Keith, grew up in FBISD, and through playing high school tennis, came to know and respect John as a person and coach. Over the years we have enjoyed following all of John’s tennis success stories. Through our younger son, Keith, an employee at Clements High School, and through one of his fabulous protégés, Cindy Blust, we had continued to follow John’s illustrious and legendary career highlights.
It saddened us to hear of John’s health issues over these past number of years and his passing away. He touched so many lives on and off the tennis court. John Furlow was and will continue to be an inspiration to all of us.
Sincerely with love,
Nancy Tielke

Sharon Cotten

January 9, 2020

Coach Furlow was the first teacher I met during my interview, the first teacher I would see almost everyday walking into Clements, and the spirit of Clements at each meeting. He was so positive and had such love for the school, the faculty and the students. It will be hard to think he won’t be there each day. I’m a better person for having had him in my life.

Cathie Plumb

January 8, 2020

While I didn't know "Furlow"personally, my friend and former original Ranger foreign language dept. head, Susan Cavazos, who passed away some years ago, always spoke very highly of him! It was usually sharing with me a situation where it seemed the whole faculty would look to him for good decisions on a topic to affect the school and she also talked about how he was respected by the whole staff. I know he'll be missed, but what a wonderful, hard working, and dedicated legend he was to everyone!

Brett Kendall

January 8, 2020

Coach Furlow was a tremendous coach and mentor to many. I admired him from afar, then had the privilege to meet him in person. He always had a kind word and a firm handshake when greeting fellow coaches. His calm demeanor and humility during matches are just a few things I admired about him. Personally, he was a huge inspiration to me after I was in a bad accident...his example of coming back from numerous setbacks inspired me to never give up and strive to get back to normalcy.(Fortunately, I was able to thank him in person) He was the same GREAT coach whether it was at the State Championship or at a Freshman tennis tournament!! He will be dearly missed by all who had the honor of knowing "MR CLEMENTS-COACH JOHN FURLOW Coach Brett Kendall--The Woodlands High School

Tina Kim

January 8, 2020

I had the honor of being coached by Furlow when I was on the Clements team from 1995-1999. Coach Furlow was an easy going, selfless man with quiet strength and leadership. He was the heart of the tennis team in the ways he led us and established team unity and camaraderie. I remember seeing him (and Ranger by his side) maintaining the tennis courts or updating the marquee on the weekends, never too busy to chat with me or anyone, really. His presence was always a comfort. Thank you, Coach, for your faithfulness, for introducing me to Golden Corral, and for all the memories. You are deeply missed.

FROM THE FAMILY