He was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church. He received his bachelor of science degree in the class of 1969 from Lee University. He was a teacher and coach in many area school systems and retired from Cleveland High School after 30 years of teaching service.
He was known affectionately as “Coach Geren” by the many students and athletes whose lives he touched over the years. He never met a stranger and wherever he went fun seemed to follow. He loved a good joke and to put a smile on people’s faces with his quick wit and knack for storytelling. He also loved the water and fishing. He knew the Hiwassee River like the back of his hand. A sometimes larger-than-life character, possibly his favorite role later in life was that of “Papaw” to his two young grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Randall and Melba Harmon Geren.
He is survived by two children: Randall Lewis Geren II of the U.S. Army, Fort Bliss, Texas, and Hollie Geren Rapello and husband, Paul, of Nashville; two grandchildren, Charlotte Marie Rapello and P.J. Rapello of Nashville; two sisters: Charlotte Casteel of Cleveland and Tammy White and husband, Thomas, of Smithville; one nephew, Rocky Casteel of Chattanooga; and two nieces, Lacey Duke and Lindsey Holmes both of Smithville.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Broad Street United Methodist Church with Pastors Randy Martin and William “Skip” White officiating.
Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 this evening at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Geren family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.
In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the Cleveland High School Athletic Department In Honor of Coach Geren.