Gary ‘Coach’ Albert Loggins

July 27, 2020

Gary “Coach” Albert Loggins, 73, of Pace, FL passed away, Tuesday, July 21, 2020.  He was born in Mobile, Alabama on December 16, 1946 to Albert Clayton and Bertie Strickland Loggins.

Gary was a graduate of Dothan High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Troy State University where he was a member of the Troy State National Football Championship Team of 1968. Gary continued his education at University of West Florida receiving his Masters degree in Education Administration.

A career educator, Gary retired from Escambia County Florida School District in 2009. Coach Loggins career in education as Teacher, Coach, and Dean expanded 40 years. He served at Bessemer Academy in Bessemer, Alabama; Woodham High School in Pensacola, Florida; Ernest Ward High School in Walnut Hill, Florida; and Warrington Middle School in Pensacola, Florida. Testimonies from former players all have a familiar refrain, “Coach Loggins had a positive impact on so many lives. He worked us hard but cared for us just as hard.”

As an ultimate outdoorsman he loved hunting and fishing. Coach was an avid Alabama fan. He was also a member of the Krewe of Lafitte in Pensacola, FL.

Gary is preceded in death by his first wife, Judith Adkins Loggins, and his father, Albert Loggins.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Latham Loggins; son Adam Loggins (Stephanie); granddaughter, Haley Loggins; mother Bertie Strickland Loggins; sister, Debra Loggins Jennings (Joe); stepdaughter, Leigh Anne Russell-Jones (Alex); stepson Jay Russell (Anne); step grandchildren, Reese Jones, Weston Jones, Hunter Russell, and Sadie Russell.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 707 E Cervantes St. Suite B Pensacola, FL 32501, American Diabetes Association, 12385 Sorrento Road Pensacola, FL 32507, American Cancer Society, 5401 Corporate Woods Drive #100 Pensacola, FL 32504 or to Krewe of Aphrodite, P.O. box 12134 Pensacola, FL 32591.


6 Responses to “Gary ‘Coach’ Albert Loggins”

  1. Stephen Ragan on August 9th, 2020 3:18 am

    One thing that stands out about Dean Loggins is his STARE! His eyes could burn a hole through you! That was one big man and nobody messed with him! I found out that if you gave him respect… he would respect you. He was a cool guy! Love ya man!

  2. Stephen Ragan on August 9th, 2020 3:08 am

    I will never forget this man. No! You people do not understand this man unless you have met him. I remember him as a friend and also one BULL of a DEAN at Ernest Ward!!! I’ll never forget the ride to Hawthorne, FL. with myself, Bobby, Michael McDaniel, Chrissy, and Robby or Robbie Barrows. Bobby Franklin did a elbow drow on Chrissy and he started crying. Ha ha ha.Sorry dude. Anyway…..Dean Loggins was a BULL and kept Ernest Ward and the trouble makers in shape.

  3. Rodney on August 2nd, 2020 5:39 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Coach Loggins he had a big impact on my life and the lessons he taught us are still with me today. If anyone knows when the funeral is gonna be please post it if it is ok to attend thank you.

  4. Class of 89 on July 30th, 2020 8:06 pm

    Mrs. Morgan you as well. Coach Loggins was a part of a character building machine that was EWHS. He will be missed.

  5. Patsy Morgan on July 30th, 2020 10:39 am

    Coach Loggins helped form positive character traits in Ernest Ward students. He was most caring and upbeat coach. It was a privilege to have him touch our lives. May God fill and bless all who are left to mourn such a fine example. So sorry that I just learned of his death today 7/30/2020.

  6. David and Jackie Johnson on July 28th, 2020 9:10 am

    Condolences to the Loggins Family you all are in our prayers!

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