A Hamblen County Board of Education member has died after a car crash in Sevier County.
According to a press release from Hamblen Board of Education,
Charles Cross, a member of the Hamblen County Board of Education since 2006, died Monday. The Sevier County Sheriff's Department told the Citizen Tribune the accident happened at 11:53 a.m. on Highway 139 in Sevierville. Cross apparently drove off the roadway and down an embankment. No other cars were involved in the crash.
"It doesn't seem real," said Dr. Dale Lynch, director of Hamblen County Schools. "This is a tremendous loss for us in the school system and our entire community. We're grieving with the family."
"Mr. Cross was a gentleman. He was a tremendous, tremendous Christian man who loved his family, church and community and served them all to the utmost of his ability," Lynch said. "There was not a finer man than Charles Cross."
"Charles Cross' unexpected death is a tragedy," said Dr. Joe Gibson, chairman of the Hamblen County School Board. "He was a man of faith and reason. He always wanted what was best for the students of Hamblen County. His death is not only a personal loss to his friends and family, but also a terrible loss to the students, teachers and other board members of the Hamblen County School System. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
"It was an honor to serve along the side of Charles Cross on the School Board," board member Roger Greene said.
"He has been a dear friend for many years. I will never forget the courage of his faith," Roger Greene, school board member. "Charlie's friendly and caring spirit will be missed throughout the community. I have missed a great friend."
Janice Haun described Cross as "a good friend of the children of Hamblen County and a wonderful friend of mine."
She said, "Cross was a man who loved the Lord and his family and that was evident in the way he lived his life. He will be missed."
"Hamblen County has lost a true friend of education in the passing of Charles Cross," said Carolyn Holt, a member of the board of education. "I knew Mr. Cross long before he became a member of the board. He was a faithful servant for his church, his family and the students and staff of Hamblen County.
"His absence will certainly be noticed," said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time."
Clyde Kinder, board member, added, "I have lost good friend and the county has lost a great school board member who always spoke out for the education of our children. Charles loved his family, loved his church and loved the Lord. My heart goes out to his family."
Cross was a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. He and his wife, Tonda, had two daughters, Jill Reuschel, a counselor at West High, and Donna Noe, bookkeeper at Hillcrest Elementary. They had three grandchildren