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Remembering Devyn Newberry: Baconton community mourns loss of baseball coach

27-year-old coach killed in car accident
Posted at 7:10 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 14:53:23-05

Hearts are heavy in South Georgia as the community remembers Baconton's Devyn Newberry.

The 27-year-old got in a car accident on his way home from work Wednesday and spent the rest of this week on life-support until Sunday morning.

Devyn Newberry was a lot of things for the Baconton community. A teacher, coach, son, fiance and organ donor.

Sunday morning, they took him off life-support to make that final donation. ABC 27 was in the hospital waiting room packed with dozens of loved ones who all wanted to be there for his final moments.

"He's was what it meant to be a Blazer," said Sarah Culp, a former student of Newberry's "He showed what it meant to be a Blazer."

Students like Sarah Culp say there's not a lot of people like Devyn Newberry. He was the new head baseball coach for Baconton Community Charter School.

An inspiration on the field and in the classroom.

"He brought all the enthusiasm all the energy to the practices and games," said Spencer Culp, a former baseball player of Newberry's. "If he wasn't there, it wouldn't have been the same."

Newberry was on his way home from work when he was T-boned by a truck near Hartsfield. All this, just weeks after getting engaged.

"We're gonna miss a family member," said Lynn Pinson, a BCC School administrator. "I mean... that's the best way I know how to describe it. There's just gonna be a big ol' hole there where he was."

"Devyn's my best friend...even to this day," said Matthew Blackburn, a good friend of Newberry's. "We just always picked up where we left off."

Matthew Blackburn says he grew up playing baseball with Newberry, To him, coming home meant seeing him, too.

An irreplaceable bond of brotherhood.

"He was just accepting of everybody. Just so easily loved by everybody," said Matthew Blackburn, another good friend of Newberry's. "He had a smile on his face in every room he walked into."

Newberry's death leaves the small Georgia community heartbroken. But family says the mark he's left is something that will last forever.

"He was somebody you wanted to be around. You wanted to emulate him and be just like him," said Delisa Barrow, Newberry's cousin. "He was the perfect son."

Gabe Council, the assistant principal at Baconton Community Charter, says this is the worst situation he has ever been in.

Monday, he has to explain to students this tragedy and help staff that don't want to return to work because of just how heartbroken they all are.

Instead of donations, the money is asking that the community donate to Baconton Charter. You can send donations to doitfordevyn-Baconton on Venmo.