Longtime Thomson softball backer DeWayne Poss died Monday. Friends said the former Sweetwater Recreation League coach, 53, died of cancer.
Members of the 2011 Thomson High School Lady Bulldogs softball team planned to serve as honorary pallbearers at the 2 p.m. Wednesday funeral service at Marshall Baptist Church.
Poss’ daughter was a member of that softball team. Poss was a highly visible supporter of the softball team and had been prominent as recently as a July 30 preseason benefit carwash in the Tractor Supply Co. parking lot.
Ty Poss, who helped coach the Thomson Lady Bulldogs softball team this fall, said he and DeWayne Poss worked side-by-side for years, coaching girls T-ball and softball for the recreation league.
“We coached together; we were all equal,” Poss said of those Sweetwater years.
The men were not closely related but had common interests. DeWayne Poss’ daughter, Brianna, played first base during her junior season for the Lady Bulldogs. Ty Poss’ daughter, junior Haley, was the catcher for the Lady ’Dogs.
Ty Poss said many other players had known De-
Wayne Poss for many years. Many had seen him as recently as Dec. 16.
“I always considered him family,” Ty Poss said. “As a matter of fact, we had a softball party for the girls the Friday they got out of school, and he came and spent about 45 minutes with us.”
Ty Poss said DeWayne Poss was battling cancer, but “he had a good time that day.”
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