Eddie was one of the first persons to befriend me when I moved my family to Knoville just over 10 years ago. He was active in the CBFO youth basketball program where he and I coached. I knew him as a kind, giving, and knowledgeable man. I later had the privilege of coaching his daughter, Myra, as a member of the Knoxville Panthers girls basketball team, along with my daughter, Taylor. It has been a distinct pleasure to watch Myra mature into such a wonderful person and we are deeply saddened by the loss of Eddie. He will always remain in my heart, and his family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.