Cot R. Presnell, of 1306 Iris Avenue, Johnson City, passed away on May 8, 2012, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Robert Julius and Lillian (Blair) Presnell. He was a former teacher and coach at Science Hill High School and served as Director of Athletics at Science Hill High School during the 1970s.
Cot was a lover of life, people and sports. He began playing sports at a young age and was the captain and quarterback of the football team at Elizabethton High School when they won the State Football Championship in 1938.
He was also a WWII veteran, having served in both the Army and the Air Force. After his service to his country was completed, he attended Milligan College, where he received his BS degree, and later completed his MA degree at Ole Miss.
Cot often reminisced about his coaching days at Science Hill High School, where he coached the golf team to the state championship in 1959. He is a member of the Science Hill Sports Hall of Fame, the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Wall of Fame and the Elizabethton High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Cot was a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church and was a loving and giving Christian who loved everyone and helped as many people as he could. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by brothers: Blair Presnell, Joe Presnell, Fred Presnell, Zeb Presnell and Bruce Presnell; as well as by sisters: Hattie Bell Presnell and Wanda Presnell Hahn.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Presnell, of the home.
The family will be conducting private services per Mr. Presnell’s request.