A Generation Of Tennesseans Mourns Loss Of Bill Talley

Thursday, July 11, 2019

William “Bill” Talley, legendary coaching legend beloved in all of Tennessee, passed away while in a hospital in Odessa, Texas, around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to his son, Bryant Talley. A former Cleveland High School freshman football and baseball coach, Mr. Talley led the CHS Blue Raiders to overwhelming success, losing only two games during his tenure there. 

Born with both arms stopping at the elbow and right leg stopping below the knee, Mr. Talley stood 4 foot 10 inches, but was a giant of a man to those who knew him. Hence the title of a 2015 biography of Mr. Talley, How Tall Is a Giant? Penned by longtime friend and writer George Starr, the book was sponsored by the Allan Jones Foundation. At the book’s release event, more than 500 adoring fans greeted Mr. Talley to purchase an autographed copy of the book.

“He is the hardest-working coach I know,” declared local businessman Allan Jones, a 1972 CHS graduate who played for Mr. Talley. “We didn’t know what losing was, thanks to him. One time he took our freshman team to Madisonville and while we were warming up we noticed how much bigger than us the Madisonville team was. Mr. Talley came into the locker room and told us there had been a mistake and we were actually playing Madisonville’s JV (junior varsity) team, which had sophomores, juniors, and some seniors on it. He told us he was just going to put us back on the bus and go home, but he felt like we could beat them, and so we went out and did.”

Such stories of Mr. Talley can be found from every person he coached, and many of his athletes have gone on to be highly successful in life and business as a result of his efforts. And his coaching prowess wasn’t confined to high school students.

After enjoying success as a teacher and high school coach, Mr. Talley joined the staff of longtime friends and coaches Steve Sloan and Rex Dockery at Texas Tech University. When Mr. Sloan left Texas Tech for the head football coaching job at the University of Mississippi, Mr. Talley returned to coaching high school football in Texas, where he remained as a teacher, athletic director, and coach before retiring.

While he spent decades away from Cleveland, he still holds a special place in the hearts of all he touched. In honor of his legacy in Tennessee, a Celebration of Life memorial service will be held in Cleveland, and will be announced at a later date.



Law Firm Celebrates NVR TXT & DRV Day Designation Thursday

Rep. Hakeem Tells JFK Club There's A Way For Republicans And Democrats To Work Together

Chattanooga Public Library And Library Specialist Carol Guerra Honored By La Paz


Law offices of Warren & Griffin, P.C. will commemorate Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s designation of Sept. 19 as NVR TXT & DRV Day with a celebration at their new office location on the ... (click for more)

Rep. Yusuf Hakeem of District 28 spent the first hour of his Tuesday afternoon with the JFK Club, educating the club about what happens in the Nashville state legislature. As a first-time representative, ... (click for more)

At the eighth annual Latino Leadership Awards, La Paz Chattanooga presented the Chattanooga Public Library with its 2019 Community Champion Award. Library Services Specialist Carol Guerra was ... (click for more)


Happenings

Law Firm Celebrates NVR TXT & DRV Day Designation Thursday

Law offices of Warren & Griffin, P.C. will commemorate Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s designation of Sept. 19 as NVR TXT & DRV Day with a celebration at their new office location on the first floor of the historic Dome Building. They are inviting the public to join them from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to mark the occasion on this NVR TXT & DRV Day celebration. Drivers who take ... (click for more)

Rep. Hakeem Tells JFK Club There's A Way For Republicans And Democrats To Work Together

Rep. Yusuf Hakeem of District 28 spent the first hour of his Tuesday afternoon with the JFK Club, educating the club about what happens in the Nashville state legislature. As a first-time representative, Rep. Hakeem expected to ease into his job, something that did not happen. “I thought I might get on one committee. Well, they put me on three committees. It was a whirlwind. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Tennessee American Water Company To Recover Losses Caused By Water Loss Incident

A class action complaint has been filed in the Circuit Court of Hamilton County against American Water Works Company, Inc; American Water Works Service Company, Inc.; and Tennessee-American Water Company d/b/a Tennessee American Water, after the Water Loss Incident precipitated by the water main break which occurred last Thursday evening. The lawsuit, captioned Bruce, et al. ... (click for more)

3-Year-Old Victim Of E. 36th Street Blaze On Sept. 5 Succumbs To Injuries

One of the victims of the Sept. 5 fire on E. 36th Street, a three-year-old child, has passed away from his injuries. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time. This is a loss for his loved ones, the community and our department," said Chattanooga Fire Chief Phil Hyman. The child, his two siblings and his father were taken to the hospital ... (click for more)

Opinion

Let The Water Company Pay The Bill

Tennessee American breaks a line and 35,000 people lose water for three days. Well they don’t exactly admit they broke it, they were working on it a few feet away and it just broke….so they say. One half of TAWC service area is out of water three days and nights, hospitals canceling surgery, schools closed and opened and then sending the children home, businesses shut down, government ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Total Rest May Help

Roy Exum will be on vacation this week as he recovers from a recent surgery. His doctors and his close friends believe in him and urge him to “take some time for himself.” It is believed "total rest" will be greatly beneficial in the healing process. He greatly appreciates the emails and the telephones calls has received and appreciates your kindness. He hopes to return ... (click for more)