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Working until the very end: Longtime youth football coach Ronald Grigsby dies
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Ronald “Senior” Grigsby, a longtime youth football coach in Dawson County, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, at age 63. (Photo courtesy of Bearden Funeral Home)

One of Dawson County’s longtime youth football coaches, Ronald “Senior” Grigsby, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, at age 63.

Most recently a coach for Dawson County’s seventh-grade team, Grigsby was still hard at work just a day before his passing. 

“Everything he did was out of love and for people to be their absolute best,” his son Andrew Grigsby said. “Kids would run through a brick wall for him."

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Senior spent most of his childhood in Dawson County, graduating from DCHS and later becoming involved in coaching youth sports. 

Grigsby gave his time and effort in a volunteer capacity, becoming heavily involved in coaching parks and recreation teams in various age groups. For a few years, he served as director of Dawson County’s Parks and Rec football division when it was at risk of dissolving. 

Of his four children, his sons Andrew and Kevin currently coach football in Dawson County — with the former as seventh-grade head coach and the latter as eighth-grade head coach. 

Andrew described his father as an old-school type who showed both intensity and care toward every kid he coached. 

He also said that his father was a direct influence on his own character, values and coaching, with Senior even tagging along with Andrew when he became a coach out in Colorado. 

“He’s the reason I am who I am,” Grigsby said. “I do everything with my heart in the right place. That’s what he taught us.”

Senior was also described as an excellent organizer — both of his team and of all the equipment needed for football on a daily basis. 

Throughout his career, he would have a precise inventory of helmets, jerseys, pads and everything in between. If the team needed something for practice, he would find it. Just recently, he went out to procure training equipment for the offensive line. 

One quote shared by a coach who worked alongside Senior epitomized his passion for youth sports.

"Senior was one of the funniest but most wholesome guys I had the pleasure of coaching with," coach Jacob Tatum said. "He was rough with the kids, but only because he expected their very best!"

While Senior's time as a fixture in local youth sports has come to an end, his legacy and influence will continue through his sons. 

After the seventh grade team's most recent game, the team payed tribute to him by breaking their postgame huddle with "Senior on 3."

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