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Connie Comegy, wife of former TU football coach, dies from lung cancer

Updated Jul 09, 2009 - 06:19:28 EDT

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Editor’s note: Information for this story came from the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion Ledger newspaper and Tuskegee News staff reports.

Connie Comegy, the wife of Jackson State University football coach Rick Comegy, died Monday, June 29, 2009, from lung cancer. She was 54.

She is survived by five children, 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorial services were held at Peoples Funeral Home in Jackson, Miss. at on Thursday, July 2.

The Comegys were married for 25 years. She had been ill over the past two years, but her condition worsened in recent months.

"My impressions were always memorable and happy because of the energy she brought," Jackson State University athletic director Bob Braddy said.

"She was the den mother, you might say, of the coaches' wives. She was more concerned about the welfare of the coaches wives than her own welfare.

Rick Comegy, who will begin his fourth season as the JSU coach this fall, was not available for comment.

Comegy was highly successful as head coach at Tuskegee University from 1996-2005, compiling a record of 90-26.

His Golden Tigers won four Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships. His 2000 TU team was 12-0 and crowned the Black College National Champion. Comegy’s team were 6-1 in Pioneer Bowl post-season contests.

In an interview last fall with Metro Christian Living Magazine, Connie Comegy spoke confidently about her battle with cancer.

"Don't think it's a death sentence," Connie Comegy told the magazine. "Keep God in your heart and know he is working through you. ... Just keep on fighting, keep talking to the Lord every day."

"Connie was a woman of faith and family," said Christi Steckel, who wrote the story for the magazine. "She spoke with grace and had an eternal understanding of this life. She knew who she was and wasn't afraid to share what she was about. Her life story has and will continue to impact many."

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