Full Name: James Edward McFatter Died: June 12, 2012 in Dothan, Al
Year No Hgt Wgt Cl Ltr Hometown 50-51 14 6-2 175 Fr * Bonifay 51-52 6-2 175 So * Bonifay 56-57 10 6-2 175 Jr * Bonifay
Year Award 1957 United States Volleyball Association - 1st Team All-American 1958 United States Volleyball Association - 1st Team All-American
|Elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1985|
James McFatter came to Florida State from west Florida in 1950 and lettered in Volleyball in 1951 and 1952. After four years in the Navy, he returned to Tallahassee to play for Coach Bill Odeneal's
NCAA championship teams in 1957 and 1958. McFatter was the versatile leader of those two great squads and was named to the NCAA All-American first team in both 1957 and 1958. James McFatter was an
important force in Florida State's rise to national visibility in its first decade in intercollegiate athletics.|
James Edward McFatter Obituary
The News Herald, Bonifay, Fl
June 13, 2012
James Edward McFatter of Bonifay, Florida, known to many in his community as "Coach Mac," passed away unexpectedly in Dothan, Alabama on Tuesday, June 12. He was 79 years old.
He is survived by his spouse of 53 years, Madaline Steverson McFatter; and their children, Joni Kitching and her husband, Job Kitching, Jana Manuel and her husband Jay Manuel, Jill Chester and her husband Chip Chester, Jami Balkom, Jedd McFatter and his wife Michelle McFatter and Jennifer Messer and her husband Lyle Messer. Coach Mac is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, Judd Manuel, Molly Manuel, Jackson Manuel, Parker Kitching, Sawyer Kitching, Maddie Chester, Mackenzie Chester, Alli Balkom, Darbi Balkom, Leora McFatter, Analise McFatter, Levi Messer, Lawson James Messer, and Brooklyn Messer; two step-sisters, Martha Nell Braxton and Marguerite Holland.
Coach Mac was a graduate of Holmes County High School and Florida State University. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, taught P.E. and coached for 39 years in the Holmes County school system. The sports he coached included boy's basketball, football, baseball, and track, girl's basketball, softball, volleyball and track, at both the high school and middle school level. During that time, he taught at Bonifay Elementary School, Bonifay Middle School and Holmes County High School. He also taught Driver's Ed. part time at Ponce de Leon High School, Bethlehem High School and Poplar Springs High School. His summers were spent teaching swimming lessons to the youth of Holmes County.
He was very active in his community and church and was instrumental in organizing many Walk-a-thons and Bike-a-thons for various charities. He served many years as a deacon at First Baptish Church, Bonifay and was an active Gideon. He served on this church's youth committee for many years, driving the youth to summer camps and retreats. In addition to his work with the schools and his church, he coached Special Olympics basketball teams, various Little League and Pony League baseball teams and hosted summer basketball and volleyball camps. Even after his retirement, he remained an active supporter and contributor to Holmes County High School's athletic program.
In 1985 he was honored to be inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame as a two-time All American, two-time National Champion in Men's Volleyball.