Robert Eubanks, a longtime sports editor of The Augusta Chronicle, died Friday. He was 70.
Known for his friendly, outgoing demeanor, Eubanks led the sports section for 17 years, beginning in the 1960s. He covered college and professional sports along with the Masters Tournament.
The University of Georgia alumnus later established himself as a leading authority in the cutting horse world, befriending many cutters and having a keen mind for statistics. He worked for Quarter Horse News in a variety of roles for 25 years.
"Robert was passionate about sportswriting and covered a wide range of sports from football to golf during his years at The Chronicle ," said William S. Morris III, the publisher of The Chronicle and CEO of Morris Communications. "And for over two decades, he was a valued contributor to the Morris Equine Group publications through his work with Quarter Horse News . He will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues."
Eubanks covered the 1983 Augusta Futurity finals for the newspaper and moved a year later to Fort Worth, Texas, becoming a copy editor for Quarter Horse News . The adjustment took a little getting used to.
"I was accustomed to putting out three editions a day, and if there ever was a need for editorial copy or pictures to fill space, the material literally was at arm's length," he said in an interview with the magazine. "Quarter Horse News was known as a source of information that wasn't available anywhere else in the performance horse industry, but much of the information was gathered by hand and stored in filing cabinets."
Eubanks ascended to administrative editor and senior cutting editor before leaving Oct. 31, 2009. He continued to cover the horse industry through his blog until his health began to deteriorate.
"He was just really wonderful to work with," said Bill Baab, The Chronicle 's retired outdoors editor. "You can't say too much about him. We're going to miss him."
Eubanks is survived by his wife, Sharon; his son, William; and two sisters. A funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fort Worth.