Baconton Community Charter coach taken off life support

Baconton Community Charter coach on life support to harvest organs for donation

CLARIFICATION: WALB originally reported that Devyn Newberry had died. A family member told WALB that Newberry had passed away. WALB spoke to the same family member shortly after the first publication of this story and they said Newberry is on life support until his organs can be harvested for donation.

BACONTON, Ga. (WALB) - Devyn Newberry, the baseball coach for Baconton Community Charter School, was taken off life support after his organs were harvested for donation after he was in a car crash last week.

Newberry was taken off life support Sunday morning.

The crash happened near Hartsfield at State Routes 202 and 111 around 4 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Newberry was then airlifted to a Tallahassee, Fla. hospital.

Following the news of Newberry’s condition, WALB reached out to Baconton Community Charter for a statement.

Administrator Lynn Pinson replied.

“I am trying really hard to write something, but my heart is just broken,” Pinson said in an email to WALB. “Our guidance and counseling team has shared very thoughtful strategies with our faculty and staff on how to help our children through this difficult time. They have all made themselves available to help all our students and staff share their grief. The senior members of the Blazer baseball team will be meeting with me Monday to discuss their ideas on how to honor their coach. They had been challenged in their meeting with Coach Devyn on the Wednesday afternoon of his accident to create a slogan for the season. Today, they shared with Devyn’s family that the slogan will be ‘Do it for Devyn.’ I am so glad they were able to see his mom and dad today and share how much they loved and respected their son.”

Pinson then provided an official statement:

“The loss of Coach Devyn Newberry has left a gaping hole in the heart of our Blazer family. In his role as PE instructor and coach, he has touched the lives of students of all ages. Coach Devyn was the All American young man that you just knew you could count on to do the right thing. He was the role model we wanted to build relationships with our Blazers. His leadership on campus and on the playing fields will be missed greatly, but his friendship and personality will be missed the most. He made himself at home here on our campus, and he became family. We will miss his big smile, his big heart, and his tremendous influence at BCCS. Our love and prayers continue to go out to his sweet family, and we want them to know that BCCS will alway be home to them,"

Lynn Pinson, Baconton Community Charter administrator.

Visitation is Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Thomasville. Newberry’s funeral is Dec. 19, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

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