BERRONG, EPHRAIM KING, JR. "COACH" - of Sweetwater, passed away on Tuesday December 17, 2013 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. A native of Maryville, King resided in Sweetwater for the last sixty-three years. He was a veteran of the US 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 (thirty-seven years). King 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; great grandson, William David Sweitzer. Survived by sisters, Geveva Webb and Betty Everett of Maryville; brother Bunny Berrong of Knoxville; 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 Sweitzer, Nikki Berrong Swisher, Chris Berrong, Charlie Berrong, Heather Berrong, Chase Berrong, John 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 Sweisher, Kinlee Swisher; several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Friday 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Sweetwater with funeral services following. Dr. Frank Crawford and Rev. Tony Rutherford officiating. Graveside services and interment Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Sweetwater Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to
or the Gideon's International. Kyker Funeral Home of Sweetwater in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Dec. 19, 2013