Bill Van "Coach" O'brien
Read his obituary below on this page.
& Doris Gerlene "Hope" O'brien
Born Collin Co dau of C.H.& Lillian Wafford Hope
Van Alstyne Public Library
Tuesday 1 December 1992
Services for Bill O'Brien, 51-year-old retired football coach and
teacher at Sherman High School, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Waldo
Funeral Chapel. He died Sunday at his home in Sherman.
The Rev. Bob Allen of Trinity Baptist Church will officiate.
Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery.
Mr. O'Brien was born in Van Alstyne, the son of William V. O'Brien
and Juanita Hinton O'Brien. He attended Sherman public schools and
graduated from Sherman High School and Austin College. On Dec. 1,
1950, he married Doris Hope in Sherman.
During the 1950's, he served eight years as a tank commander in
the 49th National Guard unit in Sherman. His first coaching job was
assistant football coach in Burkburnett for six y ears. He was later
head football coach at Itasca for two years and at Whitesboro for two year.
He spent the last 23 years of his career teaching health, biology and science
at Sherman High School and was assistant football coach and head track
coach there. He retired in 1990. He was a member of Trinity
Surviving are his wife; sons, Billy Cal O'Brien and Randy O'Brien,
both of Sherman; mother, Juanita O'Brien Britton of Sherman; brother, Bobby
Ray O'Brien of Sherman; two grandchildren and two step grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Clyde Marr, Ken Griffith, Bill McClure, Bobby
Adams, Jimmy Hall and Bob Kendra.
The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today,
and other times at the family residence.
Memorials may be made to Home Hospice of Grayson County, P.O.Box
2283, Sherman, 75091, or to Trinity Baptist Church.