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Jimmy Ray Stanfield 

A 1954 graduate of Coffee High School, where he excelled in sports and lettered three years in football, baseball, and track. He was named to the All-Tennessee Valley Conference Team, and received a football scholarship to Florence State College where he started as halfback for the Lions. He worked part time for the Florence Parks & Recreation Department while at Florence State. Upon graduation he began his career with the Florence Park & Recreation Department. He was director of the Royal Avenue Recreation Center and the Florence Swim Team. Shortly after he became Superintendent of Parks & Recreation in the City of Florence. During his career he was the only person elected as president of the Alabama Parks & Recreation Society more than once. He served three terms as president. He coached the Florence City Swim team for 12 years and never lost a dual swim meet. He was selected to coach the Southeast All-Star Swim Team made up of swimmers from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and NW Florida. He was the public address announcer for Coffee High School and Florence State College football games. He was instrumental in building and developing the Blackberry Trail Golf Course and acquiring Deibert Park.