A 50-year-old man from Memphis Tenn. died of cardiac arrest last Saturday, the same day Tennessee took an embarrassing loss to Alabama, falling 49-10.
Most of the Vols’ games this season have been much closer — too close for comfort, in fact, for many Tennessee fans. There was the unthinkable, come-from-behind, 34-31 win over Georgia on Oct. 1 and the devastating, double-overtime, 45-38 loss to Texas A&M on Oct. 8.
So when that Memphis man, a Tennessee fan named James Herbers, died last weekend, his family made sure to mention the Vols in his obituary, as well as their knack for such close games.
The final line of Herbers’ obit reads: “Lastly, the Tennessee Volunteers lost one of their biggest fans, even though they may have contributed to the cardiac arrest!”
But that’s not all. In the line providing the information for the celebration of Herbers’ life, it is noted that orange clothing is encouraged to be worn.