Services are set for tonight and Wednesday for one of the better known sports figures in Northwest Georgia.
Dr. Robert Stinchcomb, who spent seven years as athletics director at Darlington and was recognized repeatedly by his peers at the Georgia High School Association, died Saturday at age 59. Most recently, Stinchcomb had been associated with Shorter University’s Sports Management curriculum.
Friends in private say Stinchcomb died from a brain bleed while undergoing care in Jacksonville, Fla.
Colleagues were stunned by his passing and recalled his impact on students:
From Brent Bell, Head of School, Darlington: “Bob Stinchomb was a man of unquestioned integrity, high intellect and the work ethic to get things done in the best interest of the institution he served. He was always thoughtful, articulate, a consistent source of support and a team player. Everyone in the Darlington Community is proud to say that Bob Stinchcomb was one of ours, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
From Shorter University President Dr. Don Dowless: “On behalf of the Shorter University family, we offer our condolences to Debbie; his children, Jena and John; and the entire Stinchcomb family. Dr. Stinchcomb had a deep dedication to Christ-centered higher education and a great love for students. We will miss him, but we are thankful for the impact he had on our campus and our students and for the commitment he had made to our Lord Jesus Christ.”
From Dr. Heath Hooper, dean of Shorter’s Ledbetter College of Business: “I’ve never been around a more kind-hearted individual who truly loved what he did. His zest for life and teaching made Bob one of the best. To me, he was a father figure and a great friend. Bob loved his students at Shorter University. He truly cared about each individual and worked hard to teach each student life lessons. Even after surgery, Bob continued to check to make sure his students were taken care of. He would have Jena and Debbie forward emails to me to make sure concerns were addressed. He truly made Shorter a better place and each student a better person!”
This is what Shorter had to say upon his hiring in 2015:
“Dr. Robert Stinchcomb brings more than three decades’ experience in athletics at the university and high school levels to his sport management classroom. He most recently served as athletic director at Darlington School in Rome from 2008 to 2015. He had previously served as athletic director and head football coach at Eagle’s Landing High School in McDonough, Tifton High School and Appling County High School in Baxley. He began his athletic career working with football operations and linebackers at Florida State University and went on to serve as outside linebackers coach at West Texas State University, assistant head coach for special teams at Samford University, recruiting coordinator and special teams assistant at Auburn University, and special teams coordinator for outside linebackers at the University of South Carolina.
“Stinchcomb earned the Bachelor of Education degree in Physical Education from Bethel College, the Master of Science in Physical Education (Administration) from Florida State University, and the Doctor of Education in Sports Management (Leadership) from the United States Sports Academy. He serves on the executive committee of the Georgia High School Association and was a member of the executive board and past president of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association.
He is a nationally certified master athletic administrator (CMAA) and won the Frank Kovaleski Award for Leadership in Professional Development in both 2012 and 2014. He was named region and classification Athletic Director of the Year in 2004, 2006, and 2010 and received the 2013 State Award of Merit from the Georgia Athletic Directors Association.
His obituary, from Swain Funeral Home in Baxley, Ga., follows:
Dr. Robert Allen “Bob” Stinchcomb, age 59, of Baxley passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Stinchcomb was born July 11, 1958 in Red Bank, New Jersey. He was the Department Chair for Sport Management in the College of Business at Shorter University and has been a college football coach at Florida State University, Samford University, Auburn University, and the University of South Carolina. He also was a high school football coach and athletic director at Madison High School, Appling County High School, Tift County High School, and Eagle’s Landing High School and served as director of athletics at Darlington School.
Dr. Stinchcomb was named Region Athletic Director of the Year three times and was the 2003 State Athletic Director of the Year. He is the past president and served on the board of the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator’s Association Publication Committee as the vice-chair. Dr. Stinchcomb has been published in 15 national journals and spoken at conferences throughout the country on topics in athletic administration. He is the founder of Administrative Athletic Concepts, LLC that consults with school systems to assist with their athletic programming. Dr. Stinchcomb was preceded by his mother, the late Cecilia Stinchcomb and his late wife & mother of his daughter, Diana Weber Stinchcomb.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Sellers Stinchcomb of Baxley; daughter, Jena Lynn (Brennan) Loffert of Savannah; son, John David (Kristin) Sellers of Clarksville, TN; sister, Rhonda (Frank) Goalen of Fayetteville. He was proudly anticipating August 2018 when he would hold one who would call him Grandfather.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Calvin Morris, David Hayes, Kent Harrison and Fred Priest officiating.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942; the First United Methodist Church, 217 South Main Street, Baxley, Ga. 31513; or the Local Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes 482 Blackshear Hwy., Baxley, Ga. 31513
Visitation will be Tuesday evening 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in the Family Life Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.