Brumley Tilson Greene, 84, passed away at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center on September 12, 2013.
Brumley would tell you he knew from an early age that he wanted to be a teacher and coach and he did just that for over 40 years. Even when he left the teaching profession for several years for a job at Magnavox, he was still involved in helping others to discover and use their God-given talents to be the best they could be and encourage them to never stop learning.
His life-long love of sports began as a three sport letterman at Greeneville High School and continued as a minor league pitcher for the New York Giants organization. He served in the 172nd Army Infantry and after graduating from East Tennessee State College began his career as a teacher/coach at Greeneville Junior High School, moving to GHS where he assisted coaching track and football, and served as head boys’ basketball coach.
He left the teaching profession to take a job as personnel manager for Magnavox, where he was a pitcher for the Magnavox semi-professional baseball team, before becoming their pitching coach and business manager. For 15 years, Magnavox was National Baseball Conference (NBC) Tennessee State Champions, holding the record for all-time consecutive state crowns, making 8 appearances at the national tournament in Wichita Kansas, finishing as high as fifth. Brumley was also NBC Baseball Commissioner for the State of Tennessee for 12 years and served as a Greeneville recreation commissioner. He served as a basketball official and worked as a sports announcer for WSMG before returning to his desired profession as a teacher/coach.
He served as a business teacher and coach from 1970-1995 at Morristown Hamblen High School-West, where he coached golf, boys’ B-team basketball, girls’ basketball, freshmen football, and varsity baseball. He served as head varsity baseball coach from ’79 to ’95 with a record of 253-150-6. He would tell you his biggest baseball accomplishments at West were a 12-0 Inter-mountain Conference record and being undefeated in district tournament play. His team also held the national home run record for a season with 55. But he was most proud of how many of his baseball players received college scholarships to continue their education. He coached freshman football for 25 years. Under his guidance the footballers had a record of 107-28 with six undefeated seasons and 31 straight wins.
After retiring from Morristown-West, he returned to his alma mater in the fall of 1995 to serve as junior varsity baseball coach until 2004, and junior varsity then assistant varsity basketball coach until 2008. He also coached his grandsons in peewee and midget football for the Optimist Eagles from 1995 to 2000. When he wasn’t coaching or teaching, he was on the golf course at Link Hills Country Club winning club championships or just enjoying the competition with friends.
In 2007, Brumley spearheaded the establishment of the GHS Sports Hall of Fame, realizing how important it was to recognize the accomplishments of those of the past. He wanted to thank those coaches, players, and supporters, who had encouraged him and allowed him to accomplish all that he had in life. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 as a player, coach and supporter.
His desire to preserve history and the accomplishments of the past was apparent from his helping establish the Magnavox exhibit at the Nathaniel Greene Museum, sharing his compilation of historical facts concerning the school systems of Greeneville and Greene County, and researching the history of baseball in the region.
He was a board member for Greene Valley Developmental Center. He was an ordained elder and deacon in the Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and taught the Covenant Life Sunday School Class for over 52 years.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jane Eastwood Greene; three daughters and a son-in-law: Terry Greene, Cindy and Charles Click and Tammy Greene, all of Greeneville; grandsons: Dustin Click, of Clarksville, TN, and Corey Click, of Jonesborough; a sister, Shirley Stephenson, of Greeneville; sisters-in-law: Colleen Greene, of Greeneville, and Linda Eastwood, of Niceville, FL; several nieces and nephews.
He was the son of the late Oscar Thomas and Carrie Tilson Greene and was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law: Klon and Frances Greene; a brother, Richard Greene; a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Ernest Campbell; two half-brothers: Burl and Howard Greene; and a brother-in-law, Edward R. Eastwood Jr.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home and from 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Monday in Armitage Hall at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Jamie Lively and Rev. Dr. Roy Blakeburn will officiate.
Military graveside services will follow at Shiloh Cemetery with the Greene County Honor Guard and the Tennessee National Guard conveying military honors. Pallbearers will be: Randy Campbell, Richie Greene, Kipp Stephenson, Daniel Greene, Riley Stephenson, Eddie Eastwood and Randy Tilson. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Covenant Life Sunday School class, his golfing buddies, and those who coached with him.
Memorials may be made to the GHS Sports Hall of Fame, Inc., P.O. Box 1255, Greeneville, TN 37744-1255; the Mount Hebron Building Fund, in care of Joyce Morris, 453 Possum Creek Road, Greeneville, TN 37743; or the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Greene family online at www.doughty-stevens.com.
Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, Greeneville, is in charge of arrangements.