Well Known Central High School Coach Passes Away

(WVLT) - David Emory was an All-Southern Back from Knoxville's Central High School.

He played Wingback & Blocking Back on Tennessee's Team From 1955-1957, earning the distinction of Tennessee Letterman, under Coach Bowden Wyatt.

Coach Emory was also on the 1956 SEC Championship Football Team with Johnny Majors as Head Coach.

He was a longtime fixture in the Fountain City Community, working for some 32 years in the Knox County School System, where he coached track and field football at Central.
In fact, Central's Track is named in his honor.

Jeff McMillan, Central High's Current Track Coach: "He coached several State Champions. Tony Cosey was also an Olympian.
Dave was a very good Track Coach, a very good man.
He taught his kids as much about life, as he did Track & Field and Football.
Coach Emory, a Knoxville native and an All-Southern football selection as a Central tailback in 1954, played wingback and blocking back on UT varsity teams 1955, 1956, and 1957 under Coach Bowden Wyatt. Emory played on the 1956 SEC Championship team and lettered as a senior in 1957. While at UT Emory was a member of the Army ROTC.

After graduation in 1958 from UT, he began his coaching career at Central High School, where he was an assistant football coach for 36 years and was head track coach for 38 years. During his reign as coach at Central, football and track earned multiple state championships. In the early nineties the track at Central High School was named in his honor for his dedication and devotion to the school and students, including former Central grads and UT athletes Tim Irwin, Todd Helton, Reggie Cobb and Tony Cosey.

Emory was also director of Beaver Brook Country Club swimming pool for 17 years and Inskip Recreational swimming pool from 1978 to 2004.

He retired from coaching at Central in 1994. He had been in declining health for several years.

Coach Emory is preceded in death by: parents, Dorothy T. and John C. Emory; son Lawrence David II.
He is survived by wife of 45 years Evelyn Emory; his daughter and son-in-law, Cindi and Jeff Bailey of Knoxville; grandchildren Jessica L. Bailey, a freshman at UT and Joseph D. Bailey, a sophomore at Hall High School, Knoxville.

Funeral arrangements are through Mynatt’s Funeral Home, Rennoc Road, Knoxville. Greeting of friends 6-9 p.m. Friday night, June 15 at Mynatt’s. Graveside services 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at Lynnhurst Cemetery, 2300 Adair Ave. in Knoxville. Funeral procession will proceed from Mynatt’s at 10:15 a.m. to the cemetery. A celebration of life reception will be held at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 2537 Fairmont Blvd., Knoxville, Tennessee immediately following Saturday’s service.

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  • by Darcel Location: Knoxville, TN on Jun 14, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    Coach was a leader in our church, and he and his wife, Evelyn, worked with the youth of Fairmont Presbyterian Church.
  • by Laura Location: Utah on Jun 14, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    Coach Emery will be missed. He had a huge impact on my life. I wish I could have told him so.


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