Bruce Carlton Lawson - Redskins #1 Fan
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January 2, 1954 Ė March 3, 2009
Sad day in 4AA and East TN for HS basketball fans/refs/coaches/etc with the passing of Bruce Lawson. He was a legend! So glad I got to see and spend some time with him at the district tourney recently. He lived and breathed Loudon sports and there aren't too many who don't think of Bruce and crack a smile. His resounding voice always had a sense of compassion and friendship toward the people he saw at each of the venues Loudon traveled to. You just got the sense that Bruce would do anything and everything he could for you and at the same time for any involved with the Redskins. His two bits cheer would always cause a glance from the opposing teams huddle during a TO and it was a special occasion when Bruce showed up to scout your game. You just knew you were Big-Time. His voice and patented one-arm hugs will be missed by many throughout this side of the state. He was always a fond topic of conversation during district and region meeetings when discussing the Hospitality Room. Bruce was bigger than life and I'm sure he is in a better place and finally resting in peace. Once after he implemented a box-n-one strategy to thwart an undefeated JV season, I could hear him roaring across the gym,"Wallace, you know it a'int personal. You still like me don'tcha?" Of course, Bruce we all love you and will miss you dearly......
Coach Wallace-AC Mavs
Bruce was no question a high school sports legend that deserves to be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame as a Contributor. When I began broadcasting Loudon Football games in 1998, Bruce gave me an introduction to Loudon History. He wrote down from memory the record of every Loudon football season for the last 30 years, and wrote some note of significance from each year. He was always a part of the broadcast crew as the stat man. He kept his stats from the sideline on a yellow pad, and they were always right on the money. When Bruce had surgery and had to miss his only football game, he kept the stats off the radio broadcast and called us at halftime and after the game and did his summary. The coaches said that after checking the film his stats were only 1 yard off from the actual total. Simply amazing. When I returned to Fulton, Bruce always told me that I had the wrong color shirt on. His blood was Loudon Red. He was a walking encyclopedia of high school sports. I'm sure someone could write a whole book of Bruce stories. He is a legend and will be missed.
Mazy thank you for posting this about Bruce. I know how much he meant to you
over the years and too all the Loudon coaches. I was one of the lucky ones who
got to be a part of the Loudon family and have Bruce do the stats for my two
Loudon teams. As I reflect back on those two years now I can give a humble smile
knowing that I got to be around a legend. So many stories could be told of Bruce
Lawson. I'll never forget after a loss to AE, Bruce coming over to apologize and
give me the hand shake like he did before and after every game. Bruce in his
legendary voice said "sorry Shane but you know I got call this in....I'm sorry!"
AE had just dropped 100 points on us and Bruce was apologizing for calling the
score into the paper. I was able to see Bruce just recently at the Loudon and
Gibbs girlsí game and I'm so thankful for that last hand shake and half hug. I
have so many memories of Loudon and Bruce in my two short years at Loudon. It
was two of the happiest years of my life being around Jackie Lefler, Mr. B,
Coach Collins, Scott Mackintosh, Ms. Chihasz, the history department and of
course the heart of Loudon Sports - Bruce Lawson.
Coach Shane Wells
I am so sorry to hear about Bruce passing. He will be sorely missed. I graduated with Bruce class of '72. I don't think I ever heard anyone utter one negative thing about him. I know he is now in the arms of Jesus but I'm sure he will still be a Redskin Fan in Heaven. My sincere sympathy to the entire family. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the memorial but my thoughts and prayers will be with you. God bless you all.
Larry Arp Class of '72
I'm hoping that Bruce gets to eat at Peddler's every night now! I'll miss you my friend.
Bruce was the spirit of LHS athletics and his dedication and memory will live on thru all who ever was lucky enough to have known him and his love of LHS sports. He was my friend, and whenever he saw me, he would always ask me how my kids were doing. He always knew how to energize a crowd with his famous 2 bits, 4 bits cheer. Bruce you were/are the ULTIMATE LHS fan.
Sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He always had great things to say about LHS athletics and those involved as well as folks in general. I know he will be truly missed.
Roy Paul Hodge
Bruce will be greatly missed at those sporting events at LHS!! I went to church with him all my life he would always say "HEY SUZIE Q!! He never missed a moment to make someone laugh! May God Bless! You are now the GREATEST CHEERLEADER OF ALL!!! May he always lead his famous cheer!
Byron and family, I send my condolences and greatest sympathy for the loss of your brother. It has been many years as we went to grade school together, but I do remember Bruce. God Bless you during this time and know when you turn to the Lord, he will provide you the most comfort.
Alyce March Todd
Sorry to hear about Bruce. I was in the band when Mr. Lawson was director. Bruce was always such a great fan of the sports programs. I know he will be greatly missed at the sporting events as well as around Loudon. Sorry for your loss.
Betty Ruth Harrison Baker
Very Sad. As a long time supporter of McMinn Central athletics, our paths crossed numerous times over the years. Always a class act. Will never forget in 1995 when Central upset the Redskins in the first round of the play-offs, he was so kind, helpful and complimentary after the game. Helped us out when we did not have the resources to do some post game stats. All of us involved in high school athletics could learn much from his example. My thoughts and prayers to his family and his extended Redskin family.
My heart goes out to the Loudon Community. Bruce visited Red Bank from time to time to see Coach Daniels and Cobble and was a pleasure to have known. He truly loved Loudon.
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