Longtime High School Coach Ephraim King Berrong Jr. passes away

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Ephraim King “Coach” Berrong Jr., of Sweetwater, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville at the age of 88.

A native of Maryville, King resided in Sweetwater for the last 63 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific during World War II. King retired from the Monroe County School System after 38 years of teaching at Vonore High School (one year) and Sweetwater High School (37 years).

King was head football coach at Vonore High School (one year) and Sweetwater High School (25 years). While at Sweetwater High School, King 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.

Preceded in death by wife, Margaret Jean Frank Berrong; father and mother, Ephraim King Berrong, Sr., and Susie Elizabeth Hitson Berrong; brothers. George Robert “Bobby” Berrong and James Leon Berrong; great-grandson, William David Sweitzer. Survived by 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, Mickey Berrong of Sweetwater; 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, Dannah Powers; great-grandchildren, Claudia Sweitzer, McKinna Westfield, Brayden Westfield, Millie Anne Swisher, Hunter Daffron, Landon Berrong, Kate Swisher, Kinlee Swisher; sisters, Geveva Webb, and Betty Everett of Maryville; brother, Bunny Berrong of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Sweetwater from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Frank Crawford and Rev. Tony Rutherford officiating. Graveside service and interment ll a.m. Saturday in the Sweetwater Memorial Park with Pastor Doug Alexander officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Gideon’s International. Kyker Funeral Homes, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.

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