Coach John Franklin Thames

by | November 20, 2016 3:24 pm

Last Updated: November 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Coach John Franklin Thames, 82, died Friday, November 18, 2016, at his home.
Born May 20, 1934, in Alcolu, he was a son of the late Charles Franklin Thames and Katherine Harvin Thames. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a tank platoon leader in 1958 and 1959 in Korea. He was a teacher and coach at Manning High School for more than 55 years, where he is best remembered as the Winningest Girls’ Basketball Coach in South Carolina history.
He was inducted into the South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Clarendon County Athletic Hall of Fame in its inaugral class in 2011. He was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent on his 70th birthday by former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.
He was a member of Manning First Baptist Church, where he taught the youth Sunday School class for many years.
Survivors include a number of cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at the John F. Thames Arena at Manning High School, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Lewis Alderman officiating. Burial will follow in Trinity Cemetery in Alcolu.
Glenn Ardis, John Lesaine, Preston Threatt, Michael Haynes, Brian Joyner, Robbie Briggs, Shayne Stephens and Todd English will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the John F. Thames Arena.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John Franklin Thames Scholarship, presented by the Clarendon School District 2 Education Foundation, c/o Barry Ham, P.O. Drawer 520, Manning, SC 29102; or to Manning First Baptist Church, 49 W. Boyce St., Manning, SC 29102.
Stephens Funeral Home and Crematory, 304 N. Church St. in Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

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  1. Comment by Crystal McPhail

    November 20, 2016 at 21:41

    Prayers for this sweet family. Coach Thames will be missed by many and never forgotten!

  2. Comment by Kimberly Knox

    November 21, 2016 at 22:15

    Thank you Coach Thames for teaching me how to be the best I can be through hard work and dedication. Your spirit and memories will be forever cherished and remembered. I can smile remembering your jokes and I can still hear your loud whistle as though you are near. Heaven has gained another angel and may you forever Rest In Peace!

  3. Comment by Bobby Tindal

    December 3, 2016 at 07:13

    I’m am 1980 Grad of MHS, and that mentor taught me a lot about life. When I heard I was sadden. I’m here in Alabama and always keep up with folks that taught me the rite way. God bless Bobby Tindal

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