You Never Leave Heaven

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Chiefland still graced by living legend

By Ryan Butler

After 39 years at Chiefland High School, the man everybody in town calls Coach still carried his paddle to work. Like his paddle, Cecil Doyle McCall was strong, firm and surprisingly quick.
“No one could paddle like Coach McCall,” said Rob Alexander, a Chiefland banker and one of his former students.
Paddling served as a microcosm of Coach McCall’s outlook toward discipline and life in general. He had a straightforward, aggressive approach as a principal, a coach, a teacher, a friend and as a man.
Coach McCall is just as well known for building the town’s beloved high school football program from literally nothing. He is the reason so many children in Chiefland knew how to swim. When the preacher from the Methodist church needed a break, he was quick to take the pulpit. It’s within him that so much of this town’s story lives. It’s because of him this town has so much of its story.

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