Larry Dean “Coach” Crumley

Published 3:40 pm Friday, February 26, 2021

Larry Dean “Coach” Crumley, 72, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Charles L “Jack” and Velsie Connor Crumley.
Larry was a graduate of Happy Valley High School and East Tennessee State University. He was a teacher, head football coach and assistant principal at Happy Valley High School and also a teacher, coach and athletic director at Happy Valley Middle School. He was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church for 61 years.
Larry was the president of the Carter County Cattlemen’s Association for 30 years and served on the Board of Directors of Farm Bureau and Soil Conservation.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Doris McAmis and Susan Annette Rosenbalm; special aunt, Ruby Leonard; and special cousin, Ron Fannon.
Those left to cherish his memory include the love of his life for 43 years, Johnnie Lyons; special step-daughter, Teresa Lyons of Elizabethton; brother, Tom Crumley and wife Edna of Johnson City; sister, Carolyn McNeil and husband Jerry of Johnson City; special nieces, Tami Crumley of New Jersey, Teri Crumley of Johnson City and Tomi Crumley-Black of North Carolina; three special cousins, Shirley McGee of Johnson City, Brent Fannon and family of Johnson City, and Wendy Treadway and husband Shawn and family of Flag Pond; nephew, Mark McAmis; brothers-in-law, Sam McAmis and Chris Rosenbalm; and special fur baby, Abbie. Several other special cousins also survive.
A private graveside will be conducted at Happy Valley Memorial Park in the Mausoleum of Faith with Rev. Gary Roe, Dr. Paul Brown and Dr. Kenneth Jordan officiating. Active pallbearers are Richard Sutphin, Chris Mathis, Austin Hicks, Bo Slagle, Thomas Norris, Sage Haun, Seth Chesser and David Osborne. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Carter County Cattlemen’s Association, Carter County Soil Conservation board members, Farm Bureau board members, members of Fairview Baptist Church, friends, neighbors, former students, football players and faculty and staff of Happy Valley High School and Happy Valley Middle School. Friends may call or come by Fairview Baptist Church, Watauga, on Saturday, February 27, from the hours of 2 and 6 p.m. to sign the guest register book and view Mr. Crumley. The family will not be present during this time. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Fairview Baptist Church Building Fund, 585 Watauga Road, Watauga, TN or the Washington County Animal Shelter, 3411 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, TN 37601. Our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve. Please understand we will be following the State’s COVID guidelines. We also encourage all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please bring and wear a mask. Online condolences may be shared with the family and viewed on our website at
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services are honored to serve the Crumley family.

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