Everett (Ebbie) Brown Neptune, Jr.
- May 14, 1939 - June 22, 2012
- Austin/Westlake, Texas
of Everett's Passing
- Contributions can be made to Ebbie's favorite charities of Saint Vincent de Paul at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, the Capital Area Food Bank, the Paralyzed Veterans, or the charity of your choice.
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“Ebbie was my brother's (Byron Spain) friend. My best Ebbie memory was when he caught a snake and was trying to keep it in his bedroom without his...Read More »
1 of 53 | Posted by: Marsha Garrett (Spain) - MD
“Uncle Ebbie was truly a special man. We will always remember his vivacious spirit and spunk. Most of all, I will remember he was a man who was...Read More »
2 of 53 | Posted by: Stephanie Smith Derrick - TX
“Uncle Ebbie was a wonderful person to be able to know and love. Our family will miss him greatly, and the annual Christmas gatherings will never be...Read More »
3 of 53 | Posted by: Rachel Suiter - Haslet, TX
“Uncle Ebbie, the world is a better place because of you. Thank you for being such amazing influence in my life. I love and miss you so much.
4 of 53 | Posted by: Laura Barrios - AUSTIN, TX
“I will always remebmer the joy and laughter Uncle Ebbie brought to our family.
He will be greatly missed.
5 of 53 | Posted by: Charles Everett Krafka - CA
“I remember Uncle Ebbie as energetic, fun, loud, and loving. I loved it when he came to watch me play basketball and greatly appreciated how he...Read More »
6 of 53 | Posted by: Katherine Maloy - victoria, TX
“Ebbie was my big brother and I was so proud to be his sister. I remember our wonderful holidays and vacations growing up. I remember his first car,...Read More »
7 of 53 | Posted by: Diane Neptune Krafka - Buda, TX
Thank you for everything you did for Ebbie. You took such wonderful care of him. You loved each other so very much. Ebbie was at my...Read More »
8 of 53 | Posted by: Linda Neptune Smith - Buda, TX
You will be missed hourly. it's hard to imagine a world without my daddy. I have been blessed a million times over with your love and...Read More »
9 of 53 | Posted by: Elizabeth neptune Dodge - TX
“May God comfort your precious family with many wonderful memories! We were Blessed to have known Ebbie & thankful for his caring of all of the...Read More »
10 of 53 | Posted by: Linda Bendele - Austin
“My Pepaw was an amazing man. Not only did he touch numerous lives, but he was also a man of God, who loved Jesus with all his heart. His...Read More »
11 of 53 | Posted by: Amanda Gibson Gahan - McKinney, TX
“If you were to ask my cousins and siblings behind me who my Pepaw’s favorite was, we would all individually say ourselves. That is how our Pepaw...Read More »
12 of 53 | Posted by: Allison Gibson Schmid - TX
I will always remember the two of you fondly. Your faith will keep you going, but I am with you in my prayers.
13 of 53 | Posted by: Lourdes Langston - Horseshoe Bay, TX
“WHAT GREAT TIME EBBY AND I HAD IN THE COACHES OFFICE! MARY SUE,
WE ARE SO SAD FOR YOU AND YOUR WONDERFUL EXTENNDED FAMILY.
I CAN REMEMBE GREAT...Read More »
14 of 53 | Posted by: MR. & MRS. DON C. LINLEY - ALTO, NM
“Austin Football Officials Association members spent many hours on the field with Ebbie officiating ball games for his teams. We are grateful to have...Read More »
15 of 53 | Posted by: Austin Football Officials Association - TX
“Mary Sue and family,
I am writing on behalf of our deceased parents, Pat and Kay (Eberhart) Ellis, who had the privilege of growing up with Ebbie...Read More »
16 of 53 | Posted by: Gina (Ellis) and Allen Laughlin - TX
Oh- such a beautiful smiling photo of Ebbie- May he rest in peace and the beautiful memories sustain you and your family during this...Read More »
17 of 53 | Posted by: Carolyn and Ron Yokubaitis - TX
“Dear Mary Sue,
We have so many wonderful memories of Ebbie. He was a lifelong friend, and we will never forget our good times together. Please...Read More »
18 of 53 | Posted by: Gary and Pat Thomas - Baytown, TX
“Ebbie was a wonderful friend - we are so proud of all his accomplishments, and Mary Sue, you and your beautiful family are in our hearts and prayers....Read More »
19 of 53 | Posted by: David & Sue Carr - Sweeny, TX
“Dear Mary Sue and Neptune families,
While I am so sorry for your loss and I will long miss my old WHS friend and SJN church buddy, Ebbie; like...Read More »
20 of 53 | Posted by: August Petersen - Austin, TX
“My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your extended family during the loss of Ebbie.
You were an amazing "caregiver" to Ebbie during his...Read More »
21 of 53 | Posted by: Juanita Lawless Griffin - Houston, TX
“Coach Neptune: One fine man and One-of-A-Kind Coach. I played for Coach Neptune in his early years at Sweeny Jr. High. I knew every board, screw...Read More »
22 of 53 | Posted by: Darryl Orr - Sweeny, TX - Friend
Ebbie was a true mentor to so many of our children who attended WHS and a cornerstone in the Westlake comunity.
My prayers and deepest...Read More »
23 of 53 | Posted by: Connie De Felice - Austin, TX
“Dear Mary Sue and Family,
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ebbie. He will always be remembered with all his time and efforts spent with our...Read More »
24 of 53 | Posted by: Barbara Schroeder Hill - Austin, TX
“I learned about Coach Neptune during the early part of my coaching career from several associates that I worked with. I was certainly aware of the...Read More »
26 of 53 | Posted by: Stanley Mauldin - Georgetown, TX
“I worked in the Eanes ISD Administration building in the early 1990's, and Coach Neptune always greeted everyone with a warm and friendly face. God...Read More »
27 of 53 | Posted by: Gena Hawkins - Austin, TX
“I am sorry to hear this news. I know that the pain of loss is overwelming but I know Coach is a much better place. Coach Neptune did alot for the...Read More »
28 of 53 | Posted by: Dayna Matysek - Midland, TX
John and want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Ebbie was such a genuinely good man, and his passing...Read More »
29 of 53 | Posted by: John & Mary Chris Knorr - Austin, TX
“His sense of humor, happy smile, and talents in sports were exceptional and will always be remembered.
My deepest sympathies are with everyone in...Read More »
30 of 53 | Posted by: Dianne Wallace Westmoreland - TX
“Ebbie was a true friend to all who met him. My best memory of him was at Westlake footbal games where he would always greet us and always remembered...Read More »
31 of 53 | Posted by: Mrs. Edie Musgrove - Austin, TX
“Ebbie was a special friend to the Hines family. Our children, Vicki and Steve, and later three of our grandchildren, were so very fond of Ebbie. He...Read More »
32 of 53 | Posted by: Barbara Hines - San Marcos
“Coach Neptune instilled integrity, respect for one self and others, team effort and a dedicated work ethic to many young men and women at Westlake....Read More »
33 of 53 | Posted by: Bob Womack - Coppell, TX
“I just wanted to say THANK YOU Ebbie Neptune for all the things you did to help me during my years at Westlake High. You will be missed and ALWAYS...Read More »
34 of 53 | Posted by: Wendy Heffington-Rahman - NC
our thoughts and prayers. "Think of him as living in all the hearts he touched. For nothing loved is ever lost: and, he was loved so much...Read More »
35 of 53 | Posted by: Ed and Jeff Ward - Austin,, TX
“Mary Sue, you were the one that helped me go to work in Research. I retired in 1995 after a very long career.
My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
36 of 53 | Posted by: Carolyn Chafin - Freeport, TX
“I remember Coach Neptune saved my life when he was my Drivers Ed instructor. He was a patient coach - especially with me.
37 of 53 | Posted by: Dale Littlefield
“What a fine person. As I was coming in as freshman , Ebbie was leaving as a new grad. He was a reason for staying at Texas Lutheran. This man and the...Read More »
38 of 53 | Posted by: Everett Simmons - Austin, TX
“I will always fond memories of Coach Neptune from the early days at Westlake High School. He was a great man, coach, mentor and friend. Coach...Read More »
39 of 53 | Posted by: Tim Davis - Hopewell, VA - Coach
“The Good Lord has blessed me with a wonderful life. Absolutely a premium time was the 25 years that I worked for Ebbie as the voice of Westlake.
I...Read More »
40 of 53 | Posted by: Dr. Robert C. English - TX
“I pray God wraps you all in loving memories of cherished family times. Blwssings, Patty Praytor
41 of 53 | Posted by: Patty Praytor - Austin, TX
“MARY SUE YOU WERE A VERY LOVING AND DEDICATED WIFE. EBBIE WAS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU. I'M GLAD YOU HAD SOMANY WONDERFUL YEARS TOGETHER.
42 of 53 | Posted by: Clemmie Falk Hext - Austin, TX
“We are sorry to hear about Ebbie's passing. He and Mary Sue were always a joy to be around. May God be a comfort and a source of strength during...Read More »
43 of 53 | Posted by: John and Rhonda Wilson - TX
“My late husband, Jerry Chambliss (of Sweeny), spoke so fondly of Ebbie. I am so sorry for your loss. He was so loved and respected by many people. ...Read More »
44 of 53 | Posted by: Kay Chambliss
“Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your children at this time. Wonderful memories of our days in the Westlake area. MarySue, you are a very...Read More »
45 of 53 | Posted by: Sally and Fred Gladden - TX
“Mary Sue and family, we are sending our love from Florida. We wish we were going to be back in time for the funeral, but we can't make it in time.
...Read More »
46 of 53 | Posted by: Jean Wakefield Crecelius - Austin, TX
“Thanks Ebbie, for teaching all those lessons on the football field which guide my sons through life. Our prayers and thoughts are with Mary Sue and...Read More »
47 of 53 | Posted by: Nancy Holloway Harris - Tow, TX
“We broke in Hill Country MS with this man and continued to rattle his cage ever since! Great man, coach, mentor and friend. The many hot afternoons...Read More »
48 of 53 | Posted by: Terry Peschka - Westlake, TX
“Our lives were forever changed by knowing Ebbie. Ebbie supported all athletic programs equally, and through his loyalty and dedication, he...Read More »
49 of 53 | Posted by: Nancy and Derek Long - Austin, TX
“God's team must've needed a new coach. They have a great one now.
50 of 53 | Posted by: Dale Ryan - Sweeny, TX
“Ebbie, Sweeny loves you and will miss you
You were one of our Best.
51 of 53 | Posted by: Ebbie you were always the nices guy I can remember. - TX
“A very special man, and a guiding light at WHS. Our family will cherish our friendship with Ebbie.
52 of 53 | Posted by: Peggy Graham and Bill Hoermann
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Neptune family and his many friends. Ebbie was a true friend to the Westlake family and through his dedication...Read More »
53 of 53 | Posted by: John E. and Linda C. Matysekj - TX
Ebbie Neptune of Austin/Westlake, Texas passed away at Legends Oaks Healthcare on June 22, 2012 while surrounded by his loved ones. He was 73 years of age. Ebbie was born May 14th, 1939 to Virginia and Everett, Sr. in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
His family moved to Sweeny, Texas in 1948, when his dad went to work for Phillips Petroleum. Upon graduation from high school in 1957, he attended Texas Lutheran College (TLC) in Seguin, Texas on a football scholarship. It was here that he met his devoted bribe-to-be, Mary Sue Pinckney of Austin, Texas, while she was attending nearby Southwest Texas State University. They were married on August 22nd, 1959 at Saint Austin's Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.
Upon Graduation from TLC, Ebbie began his coaching career. He had early on stints in La Feria, Pleasanton, and Sweeny. While at Sweeny, he was the assistant coach to Kenneth Dabbs. In 1966, their team won the Texas UIL Class 2A (now 3A) Championship. In 1969, Ebbie went to Westlake with Coach Dabbs to become the very first coaches of a program that has gone on to become one of the most successful in the state of Texas. He was the offensive coordinator and then both Head Coach and Athletic Director 1982 to 1986. During his tenure, his teams compiled a record of 39-17-1 with his teams reaching the playoffs in 1982, 1984, and 1985. His 1985 team of 12-2-1 lost in a tie to Sweetwater on penetrations in the semi-finals. Ebbie was elected Centex Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1985.
In 1987, Ebbie became the first-time-ever full time Athletic Director (AD) for Westlake and the Eanes Independent School District. While serving for 22 years as the AD, he took great pride in stressing an athletic program which offered many opportunities for young people to participate and build a strong self image. During this time, Westlake won 19 UIL State Championships and numerous district and state honors. In 2002, Westlake was awarded the UIL Lone Star Cup Award, which recognizes the best athletic and academic programs in the State of Texas. In 2004, he was inducted into the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association Hall of Honor. In 2009, he was given the Texas Lutheran Fighting Heart Award, after which, the award was renamed The Ebbie Neptune Fighting Heart Award. Ebbie retired from Westlake in July of 2003.
One of Ebbie's most honored and cherished moments (both professionally and personally) was on September 6th, 2002. The Eanes School Board named their new football field "The Ebbie Neptune Field" in recognition of his longtime service and dedication to both school and community. Other honors and awards to come were the Greater Austin Chapter of National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Award, the naming to the All Time Sweeny Football Team, and the adoption of a resolution by the State of Texas House of Representatives by Speaker Tom Craddick to mention a few.
For over 40 years as a coach, his work is most recognized and visible in the thousands of young men and women's lives whom he helped mold and positively influence. No award is big enough for this contribution that he has made to so many.
Ebbie's survivors are: his wife of 52 years, Mary Sue; his two daughters, Rebecca Neptune Gibson and Elizabeth Neptune Dodge; his two sons-in-law, S. Scott Gibson and Todd Russell Dodge; his six grandchildren, Amanda Gibson Gahan, Allison Gibson Schmid, Everett Neptune Gibson, Grant Neptune Gibson, Todd Riley Dodge, and Molly Sue Dodge; his three great grandchildren, Luke Gibson Gahan, Benjamin Gibson Schmid, and Audrey Claire Gahan; his grandsons-in-laws, Brian J. Gahan and William H. Schmid; his sisters, Linda Smith and Diane Krafka; his brothers-in-law, John M. Pinckney, III and Roger W. Pinckney, Sr. and along with their respective wives Janice and Cathy; and his nieces and nephews, Stephanie Smith Derrick, Laura Krafka Barrios, Rachel Krafka Suiter, Charles Everett Krafka, and Katherine Krafka Maloy, Kemper Pinckney Carillio, John M Pinckney, IV, Roger W. Pinckney, Jr., Thomas S. Pinckney.
Ebbie also leaves behind a host of beloved other family members, friends, and colleagues who so admired his loyalty, his bravery, his loving concern for others, his humor, his sports tales, and most of all, his love of God.
Special thanks to the Bulldog fans, friends, and families from Sweeny and Texas Lutheran College, as well as to the Westwood and Westlake neighbors who were so faithful throughout our journey.
Finally, a very special thanks and appreciation to Margarita Biddy and Jackie McClellan who gave such loving care and devotion to Ebbie in his final years, and doctors William Deaton, Michael Watkins, David Phillips, Michael Floyd, John Williamson, Mark Lindsay, John Frederick, Sara Westgate, David Harris, Bryan Koopman, Brad Theriot, Peggy Russell, Michelle and Wendy, and all the staff at Legends Oaks Healthcare in Kyle, TX. To all of them we will be forever grateful for their care and compassion.
Visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, June 25th at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, located at 5455 Bee Caves Road, followed by a Rosary service. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26th, Saint John Neumann Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Austin Memorial Park, located at 2800 Hancock Drive.
Contributions can be made to Ebbie's favorite charities of Saint Vincent de Paul at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, the Capital Area Food Bank, the Paralyzed Veterans, or the charity of your choice.