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Ephraim King “Coach” Berrong, Jr, of Sweetwater, Tenn., passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. A native of Maryville, Tenn., King resided in Sweetwater for the last sixty-three years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific during World War 11.
King retired from the Monroe County School System after 38 years of teaching at Vonore High School (one year) and Sweetwater High School (thirty-seven years). He was head football coach at Vonore HS (one year) and Sweetwater HS (twenty-five years). While at Sweetwater HS, King led the Wildcats to the 1971 and 1972 TSSAA football state championship. 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 88.
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; and a great-grandson, William David Sweitzer.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, David and Nina Tennyson Berrong of Lenoir City, Tenn., Steve and Liz Atkins Berrong of Madisonville, Tenn., Rick and Peggy Trombley Berrong of Sweetwater, and Mickey Berrong of Sweetwater; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Kris Powers of Athens, Tenn.; grandchildren, Dana Berrong Sweitzer, 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, and Kinlee Swisher; sisters, Geveva Webb, and Betty Everett of Maryville; a brother, Bunny Berrong of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Friday, December 20, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Sweetwater, from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Frank Crawford and Rev. Tony Rutherford will officiate. Graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at 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 Gideons International.
Arrangements were made by Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater.