Ephraim King "Coach" Berrong Jr.
Dec 17, 2013
Ephraim King \"Coach\" Berrong Jr.
Dec. 17, 2013
Ephraim King \"Coach\" Berrong Jr., 88, of Sweetwater, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.
A native of Maryville, and a resident of Sweetwater for the last 63 years, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific during World War II. He retired from the Monroe County School System after 38 years of teaching at Vonore High School (one year) and Sweetwater High School (37 years). He was head football coach at Vonore for one year and Sweetwater for 25 years. While at Sweetwater High School, he led the Wildcats to the 1971 and 1972 TSSAA football state championships. He was an inductee into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame, the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame, the Maryville College Wall of Fame, and the TSSAA Sports Hall of Fame.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Jean Frank Berrong; his parents, Ephraim King Berrong Sr. and Susie Elizabeth Hitson Berrong; two brothers, George Robert \"Bobby\" Berrong and James Leon Berrong; and his great-grandson, William David Sweitzer.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, David and Nina Tennyson Berrong of Lenoir City, Steve and Liz Atkins Berrong of Madisonville, Rick and Peggy Trombley Berrong of Sweetwater, and Mickey Berrong of Sweetwater; one daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Kris Powers of Athens; grandchildren, Dana Berrong Swetizer, Nikki Berrong Swisher, Chris Berrong, Charlie Berrong, Heather Berrong, Chase Berrong, Josh Berrong, Adam Powers, Blake Powers, Corbin Powers, and Dannah Powers; great-grandchildren, Claudia Sweitzer, McKinna Westfield, Brayden Westfield, Millie Anne Swisher, Hunter Daffron, Landon Berrong, Kate Swisher, and Kinlee Swisher; sisters, Geveva Webb and Betty Everett of Maryville; one brother, Bunny Berrong of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Sweetwater. Funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Frank Crawford and the Rev. Tony Rutherford officiating.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Sweetwater Memorial Park with Pastor Doug Alexander officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children\'s Research Hospital or Gideons International.
Kyker Funeral Homes of Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements.