Griff McConal

Griff Mack "Mack" McConal Jr.

Saturday, July 2nd, 1932 - Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
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Griff Mack McConal was born on July 2, 1932 in Shack Town, Texas (now known as Welch, Texas). He passed away March 24, 2020, in Cisco, Texas. Coach Mac, as he was known to most, loved sports, being outdoors, and Volkswagen Beetles. He was known to set up hay bales for the grandkids to learn to drive in an old Volkswagen in their demolition derby. He rarely saw a Volkswagen he couldn’t see potential in, much like the young people he coached in football, basketball, track, cross country, and tennis. Many of those kids competed at State over the years.

Mack graduated from Sam Houston State where he boxed as a Golden Glove Boxer. He continued that during his time in the Army where he served in Alaska. He was an avid tennis player, he played well into his eighties. One year he was honored as the Top Tennis Coach in Texas District 1A.

Mack is preceded in death by his parents, Mack Griff McConal and Pattie (Cockrell) McConal; brother, John “Bunky” McConal.

Mack will be missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley (James) McConal; daughters, Roxie Thomas and husband, Jackie of Cross Plains; Luann Sandahl and husband, Scott of Buda; son, Griff “Bubba” McConal and wife, Trina of Groves Beach, CA; 9 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and by many who knew and loved him in Cross Plains where he has been a part of the community for 50 years.

Memorials may be made to Cross Plains Senior Center, 108 N Main St., Cross Plains, Texas 76443

Sadly, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will have a private funeral service at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with Tom Merryman officiating. Burial will follow at Cross Plains Memorial Park in Cross Plains, Texas.
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    Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel
    309 Northeast 4th Street
    CROSS PLAINS, TX 76443
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Sadly, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will have a private funeral service. You are however welcomed to show your love and support by lining the main street after the funeral service on Friday, March 27. The funeral procession will be leaving the funeral home after 2:30 to head to Cross Plains Memorial Park. Please join everyone as they honor Coach McConal. Wear your purple and gold! Please spread the word!
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    Cross Plains Cemetery
    CROSS PLAINS, TX 76443
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Pam McConal

Posted at 12:09pm
We all loved Poppee very much. Our hearts go out to Shirley and family. We will all be there in spirit. Love, Pam, Griff III and Major

John & Mary Schaefer

Posted at 04:46pm
Our heart is saddened but we know that God has you in his loving arms In Heaven. Our prayers to your family Roxy, Bubba, Luann, Shirley and grankids
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Jane McConal

Posted at 04:05pm
You are in my thoughts.
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Loretta Johnson

Posted at 10:35am
He was the best teacher that I had at CPHS. And he was always friendly and nice to me. So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs for the family. R.I.H.P. Coach McConal!!

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Posted at 10:01am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad and difficult time. Your Friends Bob, Lolly, Bobby,Ros and Milton, Austin and Kyle Texas.
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