Coach Jim Hand

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James Larry Hand, lovingly known as Coach Hand, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 63 years on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 2 PM at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers with a reception to follow. 

Jim was born on December 4, 1954 to the late Fay and Nelda (Gillham) Hand in Canyon, TX. He graduated from Happy High School and received his bachelor’s degree from West Texas State University. On June 9, 1990, James married, Janeal Flathers Morrow in Perryton, Texas. He spent his life as an educator and coach in Friona, Perryton, Sunray, Plainview, Canadian, Borger, Stratford and Lamesa. He truly felt that he “never worked a day in his life”.

Survivors include his wife, Janeal of Lubbock; two sons, Matt Keith Morrow and wife, Lindsey of Lubbock; and James Mark Hand of Midland; two grandchildren, Maddie and Conner Morrow; brother, Travis Andrew Hand and wife, Brenda of Washburn; sister, Connie Hirsch and husband, David of Canyon; father and mother-in-law, Neal and Janice Flathers of Perryton; brother-in-law, Clay Flathers of Dallas; a very special friend, Drucy Cockrell of Higgins; several nieces and nephews and thousands of his “kids”.


Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to, Ranger Academic Enrichment Foundation Perryton ISD 821 SW 17th Avenue Perryton, Texas 79070; Bobcat Scholarship Fund Sunray ISD P.O. Box 240 Sunray, TX 79086; Canadian Education Foundation PO Box 438 Canadian, TX 79014; Stratford Education Foundation PO Box 108 Stratford, Texas 79084; Stratford Hogman Scholarship Fund c/o Happy State Bank Box 1Stratford, TX 79084.


7 thoughts on “Coach Jim Hand”

  1. I coached with Jim in friona years ago. Loved that man. He was never in a foul mood and always brought a smile to my face and heart!!! I moved to red River , NM and bought a restaurant and over all the years if I had a customer from perryton or anywhere close come in,, I always asked about him and how he was doing. I never met janeal or his kids but I am truly sorry for your loss. I wish I had stayed in closer contact with him but years just get away!!! He will forever be remembered by all students and faculty. Love and prayers to all his family and friends!!

  2. Estella Alvarez

    Coach Hand, you will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Coach Hand you were a great man. I enjoyed you and your family when you were in Lamesa. You made a difference in many of our students lives. I’m a better person because I knew you and your family. Prayers for your family

  4. Many prayers sent to your family. Had the privilege to know Jim for many years and never met a better person.

  5. Daymun & Nancy White

    A Life well lived by Jim, a good and honorable man. You are loved and will be missed. You made a difference in many lives. A prayer for your sweet family: “May God give you…for every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.” Janeal, love and prayers for your journey ahead. God grant your peace and courage. Love, Nancy & Daymun

  6. So sorry Janeal, Matt, Mark and family for your loss. Coach was a great man and he had a great impact on my life and so many others. From football, basketball, track, health, to drivers ed there are so many great memories that I will always cherish. Even to this day as I drive down the road, I can hear him shout: “Big Truck”…and of course, “Little Car” just like I’m 15 again sitting in his drivers ed class. God speed coach your pain free and coaching God’s team now. That a baby!!

  7. Don E. Williams

    To Jim’s Family,
    Jim was a fellow coach, fraternity brother and friend. He always made me smile when we got to visit, and he will be dearly missed. May the Good Lord comfort you in this sad time.
    Don E. Williams
    Phi Delta Theta alum
    Perryton Ranger alum

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