After graduation in 1958, he began his coaching career at Central High School. Emory was an assistant football coach for 36 years and was head track and field coach for 38 years. During his reign at Central, football and track earned multiple state championships. In the early 1990s, the track at Central High School was named in his honor for his dedication and devotion to the school and students, including former Central grads and UT athletes Tim Irwin, Todd Helton, Reggie Cobb and Tony Cosey.
Emory also was director of Beaver Brook Country Club swimming pool for 17 years and Inskip Recreational swimming pool from 1978-2004.
He retired from coaching at Central in 1994. He had been in declining health for several years.
Emory is preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy T. and John C. Emory; and his son, Lawrence David II. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Evelyn Emory; his daughter and son-in-law, Cindi and Jeff Bailey of Knoxville; grandchildren Jessica L. Bailey, a freshman at UT, and Joseph D. Bailey, a sophomore at Halls High School in Knoxville.
Funeral arrangements are through Mynatt's Funeral Home, Rennoc Road, Knoxville. Greeting of friends is Friday at Mynatt's from 6-9 p.m. Graveside service is Saturday at Lynnhurst Cemetery, 2300 Adair Ave., Knoxville, beginning at 11 a.m. The funeral procession proceeds from Mynatt's at 10:15 a.m. to the cemetery. A celebration of life reception will be held at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 2537 Fairmont Blvd., Knoxville, immediately following Saturday's service.