‘A good man gone to glory’: Well-wishers pay their respect to FAMU coaching legend Bobby Lang at memorial service

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On Friday, an intimate setting of mourners came to pay their respect to FAMU Sports Hall of Famer Bobby Lang inside the Lawson Center.

This public gathering served as the prelude to his funeral on Saturday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee.

The funeral will be a private service featured on a live stream broadcast.

Some relatives, colleagues, FAMU alumni, and university officials were among those in attendance at the memorial.

Soft gospel music playing through the speakers provided the soundtrack for the service.

Lang, 87, died on Jan. 6.

Former track head coach Bobby Lang listens to speeches during the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame banquet inside the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center.
Former track head coach Bobby Lang listens to speeches during the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame banquet inside the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center.

He was a championship-winning track & field coach with the Rattlers.

At the head of his black casket was a painting of him at Pete Griffen Track.

Strategically placed at the foot hung his orange Rattler National "F" Club blazer.

There was an engraving on the casket's side in orange script letters of his first, middle initial and last name.

One of the attendees was Vernell Ross. He was a longtime friend and coaching rival of Lang.

They squared off several times, beginning in the early 1960s as basketball coaches.

Ross worked at nearby Havana Northside High School and Lang was at FAMU High.

"We were friendly and competitive. When the ball was tipped, it was your side against my side," Ross said.

"He was very dedicated and serious about trying to win games. When the game was over, we were friends again. A good man gone to glory."

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