Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Raymond Birchfield
Dec 24, 2015
Leroy Lorenz

2015-12-26

Raymond Birchfield, 87, of Huntsville, TX passed away December 24, 2015. Raymond was born February 6, 1928 in Columbia County, Arkansas to Coy and Ola Burchfield.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jones Birchfield, daughters Carla Woodington and husband Tim of Spearman, TX, Kay Laube and husband Steve of Huntsville, TX and Ann Kepley and husband James of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren Sydney Woodington Codding and husband Don of Washington DC, Kara Laube Cross and husband Brian of The Woodlands, TX and Ryan Laube and wife Jessica of Huntsville, TX; great-grandchildren Julian Codding and Nolan Cross; sisters Garnell Tiegen, Laverne Atkinson, Shirley Shaver and Linda Wolfe and sisters-in-law Everetta Burchfield and Brenda Burchfield. Raymond is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Carl, Thomas, Joe and an infant brother.

Raymond received his Bachelor of Science degree at South Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas and a Master of Education from A&M Commerce in Commerce, TX. Raymond served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict era.

Raymond was an educator and served as a Teacher and Coach at Navasota ISD and Rockdale ISD, and Littlefield ISD. Raymond also served as an Assistant Principal and Principal at Huntsville ISD and Principal at Huntington ISD. Students and Teachers were very special to Raymond.

Raymond enjoyed woodworking, golf and RVing, especially with family. Raymond especially enjoyed spending time with all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family was very important to Raymond. Raymond served as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Huntsville, TX as well as various other churches where he and his family lived.

Family will receive friends Monday, Dec. 28th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, Huntsville, Texas. Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29th, 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Huntsville, TX. With interment following service at Brooke Cemetery, Huntsville, TX.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Raymond Birchfield scholarship at First Baptist Church, 1229 Ave. J, Huntsville, TX or to a charity of your choice.

Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home

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Birchfield led Tigers to state title game
Rockdale Reporter - December 31, 2015

Coach posted only perfect Tiger regular season.

His 1962 team, the Cinderella of all Cinderella teams at Tigerland, went all the way to the state finals, piling up dramatic, and unexpected, victories in the post-season, the first post-season wins ever at RHS.

Birchfield’s 1963 Tigers were a perfect 10-0 in the regular season and his defense did not allow a touchdown in any of those games.

Rockdale gave up one field goal and one safety, outscoring its regular season opponents 337 to 5.

That is still the only Tiger football team with a perfect regular season record.

His 1960 team was a district co-champion.

Had he coached in a later era, all seven of his Tiger teams would have made the post-season.

Birchfield posted a 53-22-1 record at RHS, a winning percentage of .707.

His district record at RHS was 26-7-1, a winning percentage of .788.

He was also 4-3 against Cameron.

Four of Birchfield’s Tigers were named to all-state teams.

Birchfield was inducted into the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor in 2008.

“Coach Birchfield was a one of a kind coach and man,” said Dickie Summers, quarterback of the 1962 team. “He worked his players hard, but he cared for each one of them like a son. He taught us about life and how to work hard to be successful.

“He is a man we will never forget because of the great memories that he left with us.”

“Coach Birchfield was a great person, always being fair with everyone,” said All-State linebacker L.B. Kubiak. “I will always cherish the memories he brought about in Rockdale in leading us to success when we were not expected to do much. He had a kind way of getting you to proway of getting you to produce the talent you had.”

Team captain Jim Killen also appreciated Birchfield’s ability to get you to believe in yourself.

“There are a lot of explanations for our unexpected success, but, looking back, by far the most important was Coach’s unique ability to elevate self-confidence —which is a state of mind I’ve been able to hold on to and call upon liberally whenever life has demanded an extra gear.”

An Arkansas native, Birchfield also coached at Navasota and Littlefield and was an administrator in Huntsville and Huntington.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bobbie.

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Raymond Birchfield
Ray Birchfield
1928 - 2015
Ray Birchfield (center) with former Tiger coach Fred Johnson (left) and current Tiger coach Jeff Miller at the 2012 Hall of Honor ceremony that recognized the 1962 state finals team.
Fred Johnson - Ray Birchfield - Jeff Miller
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