Coach Cremeens benefit concert

CEDAR RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - Anyone who has ever come into contact with Steve Cremeens knew he loved life and laughter. His brother Gary describes him as fun, loving, and dedicated.

"Steve was about the most fun loving guy I've ever known. He had a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh, he loved to joke around and clown around."

January 17, Steve was killed in a car accident in Cash during a dust storm. But family and friends say his work here isn't done.

"He had worked his way up, pretty much volunteering his time to get the job at Cedar Ridge, and they hired him. He taught a few classes and had never coached volleyball, but he took it by the horns. He was also coaching softball and that's what they were getting ready for, the new season."

Gary says besides being a teacher, a coach, a family man, he was also a great musician.

"All of us brothers have played together, and there is just something about that. Us, our nephews, even his daughter have shared in this passion with him. He was actually talking about doing this concert with his daughter Meagan. I'm not sure how it came about that they wanted the funds raised to go to the softball team, but they had set the date for February. He was actually coming back from a band practice when he was killed."

But it was their father Bill who still wanted them to perform.

"Dad kept asking, what do we know about that concert? How can we make it happen? So we knew that it was something we needed and wanted to do. This is something that is going to be therapeutic and a way for us to honor Steve. And really thank Cedar Ridge for all they have done during this difficult time for us."

Cedar Ridge Principal, Danny Davis, is stepping in to coach the softball team this year and he says at first the girls weren't sure how it was going to work.

"He has made such an impression on these kids and players. Some of them said, 'I don't want to be there if he's not going to be here.' But they've all told me that 'this is what Coach Cremeens would have wanted. He would want me to play, even though he's not here. This concert will benefit the team, but it's also a great way for us to let the family know just how much he meant to us and touched our lives in the short time he was here."

The benefit concert is Saturday, April 4 beginning at 6 pm at the Cedar Ridge High School Gymnasium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

There will be five groups performing on the concert:

First Day- an acappella gospel group from Searcy and Mountain Home, AR; they will have cd's available

Band of Brothers- Guy, Don, Gary, Keith and Kevin Cremeens (Steve's brothers and nephews)

Gary Prince and Sugar Creek- classic country, from Paragould

40 Pearls- a group from Cedar Ridge High School

Smog Farmer- alternative rock; from Jonesboro.

"This isn't the end. We hope to do something local as well since he grew up in this area."

"Two things you will always remember about Steve... he knew more Andy Griffith trivia than anyone I know and he truly loved his family and his work, and he never forgot to laugh!"

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"He was an amazing man, and he brought out the best in each of us. He gave us lessons we'll use throughout our entire lives. Coach Steve Cremeens will truly be missed." - Yalanda Young