DENTON, N.C. -- Friends, players, and members of the community said their final farewells to South Davidson High School’s Coach Mike Crowell on Thursday.
Coach Crowell spent the last five years coaching football and 25 years coaching the school's wrestling team, he died on Sunday after a heart attack at 52-years-old.
"In a small town, you can imagine news spreads quickly and bad news spreads especially quick," explained Kelly Smith, owner of Rick's Restaurant who graduated with Crowell.
Smith says the coach will be remembered for “his persistence, just to push on and keep on going -- no matter what."
Ronnie Cook a former player of Crowell's says the coach was an inspiration for his athletes who might not have finished school without him.
"He taught a lot of kids how to wrestle. He kept a lot of kids from dropping out of school who probably would've," said Cook.
Renee Eddinger works at Flowers by Patty in Denton and her store has been overwhelmed with orders from customers wanting to pay their respects.
"We take orders every day for funerals, but with him, every person that called expressed some emotion attached with their order," said Eddinger.
Crowell’s funeral will be held on Friday the same day South Davidson will celebrate homecoming.