Dan Crowe, former Dobyns-Bennett track and cross-country coach, passed away

KINGSPORT - Dan Crowe, retired teacher and former Dobyns-Bennett track and cross-country coach, died Thursday (Dec. 1, 2005) at the age of 75 in Holston Valley Medical Center.

An educator for 34 years, Crowe began his teaching career at the one-room Fairview School in Carter Country. The majority of his years as an educator were spent at Dobyns Bennett High School in the Social Studies Department where he introduced the study of local history into the curriculum. His innovative teaching techniques garnered him the 1985 East Tennessee Teacher of the Year Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award given by NBC and the Carnegie Foundation in 1989.

Crowe began coaching at Hampton High School in Carter County where he organized the school's first track team. Coach Crowe's lengthy and award winning career as track and cross-country coach at Dobyns-Bennett High school included three state championships. He was thrice honored as East Tennessee Track Coach of the Year. In 2004, he was inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame.

Crowe was also a noted local author and historian. His roots in the Horseshoe community of Carter County provided the backdrop for many of his writings and the source for the rich collection of oral histories he gathered from its residents. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, Crowe's love of country was also reflected in his poetry.

Crowe was a member and deacon of the Siam Baptist Church in Elizabethton where he shared his gift for teaching by serving as a Sunday school teacher. A man of strong faith, he lived a life of quiet example.

Dan was predeceased by his mother, Fannie Crowe.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Wilma Lewis Crowe, of the home; his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Gary and Judy Reedy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) and by his granddaughter Bailey Reedy (Crystal Lake, Pa). He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Geraldine Lewis Pierce and by her husband Paul and their daughter Jennifer, all of Elizabethton.

The family wishes to thank the numerous physicians and other health care professionals who attended to him during his years of declining health.

Calling hours are from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Riverside Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Jack Roddy and Rev. Earl Golden officiating.

Immediately following the funeral, graveside services with military honors will be conducted at the Wilson Cemetery with Captain Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post No. 2166 providing military honors.

Music will be provided by bagpiper Howard Ensor.

Pallbearers will be members of the Upper Room Sunday School Class of Siam Baptist Church, Ray Garrison, Paul Pless, Doug Bailey and Andy Hood.

Honorary bearers will be Phil Ellis, Howard Matherly, Charles "Dude" LaPorte, Willie Church, Tom Coughenour, Ernie Dickson, Dr. Tom Rogers, Joe Reedy, Vaughn Randolf, Elmer Carden, Eddie Hardin, Hunter Estep, Roy Huskins, Bob May, F.M. Hill, Carroll Montgomery, Charles Lipford, deacons and friends of Siam Baptist Church, Companies E and F 1950 National Guard, Elizabethton High School Class of 1950, Upper East Tennessee Track Coaches' Association 1961-1979, teachers and staff of Dobyns-Bennett High School 1967-1989, and members of the 1958-1963 Hampton High School, 1963-1967 East Forsyth, and 1967-1979 Dobyns-Bennett High School track and cross-country teams.

The family requests that those desiring to make memorial contributions do so to Siam Baptist Church, 2414 Siam Road, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the Tetrick website at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com