Anthony Alred

Anthony A. "Tony" Alred

Sunday, July 22nd, 1945 - Friday, December 18th, 2020
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Anthony A. “Tony” Alred, 75, of San Mateo, passed from this life on Friday, December 18, 2020 at UF Health in Gainesville following a brief illness. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he attended David Lipscomb College in Nashville, TN where he was a pitcher on the baseball team. In 1968, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. After returning home, he completed his BS Degree in History / Education from the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga where he also continued playing baseball and defeated several of the top ranked teams around. In 1972, he accepted a position at Palatka South High School teaching American History and coaching. Tony’s 31- year tenure with Palatka South and Palatka High School afforded him the opportunity to influence the lives of thousands of students and athletes as he taught and coached baseball, football, wrestling and girls track. Following his years with the Putnam County School District, he taught and coached another 7 years at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs. He was a member of the College Road Church of Christ in Palatka.
Tony was a passionate UT fan – and of any other team playing against the Gators! A complete sports enthusiast, Tony enjoyed playing golf and loved watching his grandchildren compete in sporting events as well as following former athletes of his as they competed on the next level. Coach Alred will be forever remembered by students and athletes for his enthusiasm and antics at pep rallies spurring on the “Panther Spirit.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lamar and Pearl Alred.
Tony is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dianna Alred of San Mateo, 2 sons, Lance Alred (Brandie) of Palm Coast and Seth Alred (Colie) of Hammock Beach, a brother, Howard Alred (Carolyn) of St. Augustine and 4 grandchildren, Zoe Alred, Addison Alred, Quinn Alred and Nolan Alred.
Services celebrating Tony’s life are anticipated to be in early January and will be announced as arrangements are completed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Palatka Wrestling Club, 302 Mellon Road, Palatka, FL 32177, Attn: Lucas Bennett.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Tony’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 2:00pm
    Veteran's Memorial Stadium
    1100 S 18th St.
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Carol White

Posted at 11:24pm
Hard to say just a few years as to what Tony meant to my family. My husband Ralph coached with him for many years as both our sons (Lance & Seth, and Josh & Seth) wrestled. He had a heart of gold but coming from Tenn it was not always easy to understand what he was But then I was the only Yankee in the group. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with Dianna, Lance, Seth and their families. I can imagine him up in heaven coaching someone in any sport! Rest In Peace Coach.

Enedina L.Stockhaus

Posted at 02:25am
Heartfelt condolences Diane and sons. Tony was quite a character who always brought a smile and left you feeling better. He chose a path that in the end, lifted him up and touch the face of God.
Enedina L. Stockhaus

Fred S Trammell

Posted at 11:00pm
So sorry to hear of Mr Alred,s passing...we grew up across the street from him way back in the 70s over off of Moseley Ave..heck of a good guy and the nicest of families...Condolescences, Fred S Trammell- Matthews NC

Buddy Mangum

Posted at 12:47pm
Buddy Mangum
Tony & I had the JV football team in 1972.....I am pretty sure we did pretty well:)
I have some great memories of Tony: ON & OFF the field.
Again, Tony was a great friend and lived a great life!!

timothy wigg

Posted at 12:23pm
Grateful for the history and coaching lessons learned🙏

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