Dave Loudy, 1986



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Retired school teacher David Loudy, 87, of Paris died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Henry County Medical Center.

His wife, Margaret Banks Loudy, survives. They were married on Dec. 28, 1948.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home.

Trent Bullock and Larry Simmons will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery.

Chosen as pallbearers are Bill Hudson, Chuck Bullock, Chick King, Clint Barrett, Lou Carter, Robert Adams, Jimmy Williams, Jack Sparks Jr. and Bob Irby.

Members of the men’s Bible class at First Baptist Church will be honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Born Dec. 14, 1923, in Johnson City, he was a son of the late Harry and Frances Milhorn Loudy.

Loudy taught at Grove Junior High School, where he was a football coach. He also was a member of the coaching staff for the unbeaten Grove High School football team that won the Exchange Bowl beating Memphis Central. Loudy retired in 1986 after teaching 40 years. He was a member of the Paris-Henry County Retired Teachers Association.

He was a World War II U.S. Air Force veteran, a member of the Northwest Tennessee Area on Aging Council, a former football and basketball official, a Senior Olympics participant and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 from the Paris-Henry County Sports Hall of Fame.

In church, he was a member of First Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher and former Sunday school superintendent. He also was a former scout master for Troop 26 of Boy Scouts of America.

In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, Dan (Mindy) Loudy of Eldorado, Ill.; two sisters: Blanche (Lester) Jones of Jonesborough and Frances Witt of Kingsport; one brother, Fred Arthur of Springfield, Ore.; a grandson, Grant Loudy of Eldorado; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Loudy of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by two sisters: June Bennett and Margaret Helena Loudy; and a brother, Eugene Loudy.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar St., Paris.

January 10, 2011  Edition




Dave Loudy wasn't one to twiddle his thumbs

Sports legend found ways to get involved

In Henry County sports, Dave Loudy was an institution.

Coach, teacher, official, participant — for decades, wherever the action was, he seemed to be there.

His deep involvement with youngsters and sports was recognized in 2004 when the Paris-Henry County Sports Hall of Fame presented him with its Distinguished Service Award.

He was a football coach at Grove High School and Grove Junior High and an educator with 40 years in the classroom. He officiated at football and basketball games and, in retirement, was a participant in Senior Olympics.

Idleness was not in him. In whatever area Loudy turned to, he was involved. He was scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop, a deacon, Sunday school teacher and superintendent in church, a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Northwest Tennessee Area Council on Aging, and a military veteran of World War II.

The Nike slogan promoting activism, “Just do it,” could have been framed with Dave Loudy in mind.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011  Edition


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