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William Costa Geros, Jr.

24 janvier , 19552 septembre , 2019
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William Costa Geros, Jr., 64, went to be with the Lord on Monday (September 2, 2019). Costa was born on January 24, 1955 in Knoxville, TN.

Costa attended Knox Central High School in Knoxville Tennessee where he was a trumpet player in the band under O'Dell Willis and Norman Woodall. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a B.S. in instrumental music. Costa was a member of the UT marching and concert bands.

Costa retired from Cherokee High School in 2015, completing 38 years of dedicated teaching. He was the band director at Virginia High School in Bristol, VA, Sullivan South High in Kingsport, TN, and Cherokee High in Rogersville, TN.

Costa was a member of East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

Costa was awarded Lifetime Honorary membership in the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association in 2017. Costa's bands were active in marching competitions, concert festivals, parades, and band clinics. Band was his life. He instilled a level of excellence in his band programs. After 38 years of teaching, Costa continued working with area bands with band camps, rehearsing groups for concert festivals and private music lessons. Costas faith was strong. He had served as a choir director in his church. A highlight in his life was a recent visit to Israel. His hobbies included gardening, antiquing and his love of the arts. Costa will be remembered for his level of excellence in teaching and his jovial personality.

Costa was preceded in death by his father, William Costa Geros, Sr. and brother, Peter Geros.

Left to cherish his memory are his former students, friends, and colleagues.

Visitation will be held on Sunday (September 8, 2019) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home with Bro. David Dotson officiating.

Costa will be laid to rest on Monday (September 9, 2019) at 11 a.m. at Lynnhurst Cemetery (2301 Adair Drive Knoxville, TN 37918). Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be made to the Geros family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Geros family.


  • Left to cherish his memory are his former students, friends, colleagues, Friends
  • William Costa Geros, Sr., Father - Deceased
  • Peter Geros, Brother - Deceased


  • Visitation dimanche, 8 septembre , 2019
  • Funeral Service dimanche, 8 septembre , 2019
  • Graveside Service lundi, 9 septembre , 2019


William Costa Geros, Jr.


Lisa Atkins

12 septembre , 2019

Wow! I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Geros!! I was on the flag corp and drum major under Mr. Geros’ leadership. He taught me discipline and to always strive to work hard at everything you do. He used to frustrate me to no end, but he did it because he knew what I was capable of and to bring out the best in me! He will surely be missed, but I know he is celebrating in heaven with his grandmother that he loved so much! Condolences to the family and blessings and prayers to you all!

Lisa Atkins

Carmen Dickerson Burton

10 septembre , 2019

Several months back I had the opportunity to share with Costa! Some memories of his great leadership and how I felt to be a member of The Big Orange Band. I told Costa he was loving but hard core as a Director. I explained that his toughness helped path the way for me today! The discipline, the push ups, the laps around the track, the band camps, the long practices until darkness creeped up on us! He laughed and said that is how we became the #1 band! I then ask him! Did he remember pulling me from the Rifle Corp ? This happened because of me dropping my Rifle at our first Friday Night Football Game. I threw a triple and it landed on the ground. In front of hundreds or thousands of Bearcat Fans. On the following Monday before practice I was called in Mr. Geros Office. As I entered the room! I notice that the two assistants were present, Mrs Tilley and Mr. Scott. All three had reviewed the film from Friday Nights Performance. All three Directors decided the next home game I would not perform as a member of the Rifle Team but will join the ranks of the Drum Line and play the Symbols! I was crushed! Of course I wanted to quit! For the next to weeks I did double duty! Learning the Field Drill for the Drum Line, learning the music as to when to crash the symbols , learning to march and carry that heavy round brass and of course practicing the Rifle Routine. Costa responds! I knew you had it in you! But you needed that toughness to remain on the Rifle Team! He laughed and said! Do you think I liked have a whole in my show? In front of the entire Band? We both laughed! However I worked my butt off ! Finally I was placed back on the Rifle Squad! Costa said! I believe you had no drops throughout the rest of Marching Season. I thank him for being an excellent Band Director! Most of all I thanked him for having faith in me. He then stated he was honored to have me as a student! That was enough to know that Costa did his job and did it Well! 🎼🥁🎷🎺

Wenda Prout

9 septembre , 2019

It has been far too long my friend. You touched so many lives at Sullivan South, the numbers are endless. Farewell until we meet again, I will still be bringing the coffee (if I can find some), I will always be thinking of the good times!

Susan Singleton

9 septembre , 2019

The loss of Costa has saddened my heart like nothing has in so very long. His love for his students was nothing but amazing and I will never forget him. He was and always will be one of the most amazing people that touched my life and left me with the most amazing memories of my youth. RIP Costa your singing with the angels in heaven and I bet leading the orchestra. Till we all meet again.

Scot Fleming

8 septembre , 2019

To the Geros family,
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Costa was a wonderful band director and teacher who will be greatly missed!!!!

Love your friend,
F. Scot Fleming
(Gate City Middle School Band Director)

Denise Doty

7 septembre , 2019

May God be with Costa’s family and friends during this difficult time. So sad that Al and myself will be unable to attend the funeral. Costa touched many lives and will be missed.

“Go rest High on that Mountain “

Special thanks to Danny Arwood for his friendship and kindness to Costa.
Love and Prayers,
Al and Denise Doty & family

Jeremiah Clark

6 septembre , 2019

Too many great memories to share.
Mr. Geros will be greatly missed.

Tonya Deel

5 septembre , 2019

I was in the first class he taught at Virginia Junior High .I admired his teaching the way he related to us the stories he told
and never yawned without thinking of him he said they were contagious.
Rip Me Geros

Laurie Kaudewitz

5 septembre , 2019

Wonderful memories of my son being in band under Me Geros at Sullivan South. He was well respected and loved by many. My heartfelt sympathy to all grieving this loss

Karen Tench

4 septembre , 2019

Wow! What an amazing man! We were his first band that he singlehandedly led to victory wherever we went. He never hesitated from the beginning, jumped in with both feet and led like a pro. He worked us hard, expected a lot, gave a lot and taught us to be proud of our hard work and accomplishments! He knew how to teach us and get out of us what other teachers couldn't and also what we never imagined we could do! We were a big band too! 200+ members but he handled every one of us. We love and will miss you Mr. Geros! You've earned those wings!! 😍