A well-remembered Calhoun Red Devil football coach Marcus McPhail has died suddenly while playing golf at the age of 64.|
A current resident of Ravenswood, he graduated from Ripley High School and is remembered as one of the greatest athletes to ever play football, basketball and baseball there.
Following high school, Marcus enrolled at Glenville State College, where he also had an outstanding athletic career as quarterback of the Pioneers while obtaining his degree.
He then coached at Ravenswood High School as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach, but the following year returned to Ripley High where he was named the Head Coach for the Viking football and Baseball teams.
Marcus also coached football and baseball at St. Mary's High School and Calhoun County High School for many years. He served as a graduate assistant football coach at Marshall University for the "Young Thundering Herd."
He earned a Master's degree in counseling at Marshall University and retired as a counselor from Roane-Jackson Technical School. Marcus enjoyed staying active and played golf almost daily at Greenhills Country Club, where he was formerly on the board of directors.
Marcus leaves behind a son, Matt McPhail of Lancaster, Ohio; sisters, Ann McPhail Yeager of South Carolina and Linda McPhail Rhodes of Ravenswood; longtime companion, best friend and former wife, Louella McPhail; grandchildren, Kelsey McPhail and Sydney McPhail; and step-grandchildren, Brittney McDonald, Taylor Mills and Chris Mills.
In addition to his parents, he was recently preceded in death by a sister, Rita McPhail Bockert.
A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 3 at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.
A memorial celebration will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, at Greenhills Country Club, Ravenswood.