"Coach" Cliff Brookshire


April 13, 2017

Coach" Cliff Brookshire

"Coach" Cliff Brookshire

"Coach" Cliff Brookshire, 88, of Pisgah Forest, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife, Nancy, by his side the afternoon of April 9, 2017. A Buncombe County native, he was the son of the late William Arthur and Augusta Henson Brookshire. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Patsy Garrison, and brothers Wilburn and Earl Brookshire.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends camping, fishing, travelling, telling jokes and stories and keeping both his shoes and his cars shined. He also enjoyed attending English Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a member.

He graduated from Sand Hill High School where he was named "Outstanding Player" in the first annual Optimist Bowl. After high school, he played football for Asheville-Biltmore College before playing for the United States Army football team while stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C.

In 1955 he graduated from Wake Forest College where he played football as a proud Demon Deacon.

After college his 16-year teaching and coaching career included Canton, Owen, Brevard, Tuscola and Enka high schools. While at Brevard, he led North Carolina's first integrated high school football team to a state championship in 1963. He also led Brevard to state championships in 1960 and 1962.

In 2003 he was inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame.

What meant the most to him was the relationships he built with his players, many of whom became life-long friends.

After his teaching and coaching career, he spent 20 years in Transylvania County real estate, establishing Brookshire Realty.

In 1952, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Gaston, who survives him.

He is also survived by his daughters, Becky Brookshire (Grover DeHart), of Marshall, N.C., Cindy Davidson (Wayne), of Randleman, N.C. and son, Jeff Brookshire (Dawn), of Pisgah Forest; grandchildren, Jeremy Brookshire (Kathleen), Eric Schneider (Katie), Daniel Brookshire (Kristen), Laura Brookshire, Kyle Schneider, Nancy Davidson Bullard (Seth), Kallen DeHart and Sarah DeHart and two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Maggie Brookshire.

A celebration of his life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, at First United Methodist Church of Brevard with Rev. Mike Holder and Rev. Lauren Sims-Salata officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children - Office of Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

To leave a condolence for the family, visit "obituaries" at http://www.moore-fh.com.

Moore-Blanchard Funer-als & Cremations is caring for the family.


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