Funeral Rites Are Friday For "Coach Geren" Who Died In Traffic Accident

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Funeral services will be Friday for a longtime area teacher and coach who died in a traffic accident on Monday.

Services for Randall L. Geren, 67, of Decatur, Tn., will be at 11 a.m. at Broad Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Randy Martin and Pastor William “Skip” White officiating. Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens.

The single-car crash on Georgetown Road (State Highway 60) was just west of White Oak Valley Road. 

Investigators say the vehicle was inbound to Cleveland when it left the road in a curve and struck a tree. 

He received his B.S. degree in the class of 1969 from Lee University. He was a teacher and coach in many area school systems and retired from Cleveland High School after 30 years of teaching. 

His obituary said, "He was known affectionately as 'Coach Geren' by the many students and athletes whose lives he touched over the years. Coach Geren never met a stranger and wherever he went fun seemed to follow. He loved a good joke and to put a smile on people’s faces with his quick wit and knack for storytelling. Coach Geren also loved the water and fishing. He knew the Hiwassee River like the back of his hand. A sometimes larger than life character, possibly Coach Geren’s favorite role later in life was that of 'Papaw' to his two young grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home. 

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