Saturday, February 24, 2018

Former LCHS Standout Dies During UTK Charity Boxing Weekend


LAWRENCEBURG, TN- Tragically, the mother of a former Lawrence County High School student-athlete confirmed her son died Friday night during an annual boxing event in Knoxville.
 The LCHS Wildcats and the Volunteer community are in mourning after the news of a standout student had passed away.
Amy Long Schisler, posted to her Facebook page this morning that her son Tanner had passed away following a collapse at a charity boxing event in Knoxville.


The Lawrenceburg attorney and Wayne County native said her son died after suffering "cardiac arrest."

Joseph “Tanner” Wray, was a 2015 graduate of Lawrence County High School. His Facebook page says he was studying aerospace engineering at the University of Tennesse.
Wray was the former quarterback of the LCHS Wildcats and a standout student.

He was boxing Friday night for Chi Phi fraternity in the junior light heavyweight in the 38th Annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament.
WBIR, reported that Wray collapsed in his corner after the second round. Sources say that medical personnel attended to him by providing an oxygen mask and performing CPR. After 10 minutes, an ambulance arrived and transported Wray to UT Medical Center where he would pass away.
Sources say that a doctor who was in attendance at the event jumped into the ring after seeing Wray collapse.
Daily Beacon
The Daily Beacon said that approximately 300 people gathered to pray for Wray. 


The annual event is a three-day amateur boxing tournament held each February for UT fraternities. The event consists of 11 weight classes and around 55 boxers. Proceeds from the tournament go to Knoxville's chapter of Golden Gloves, which provides boxing equipment for those who cannot afford it.
Friends and family took to Facebook on Saturday morning to post their remembrances and condolences.
One friend said "Tanner Wray, you were one of a kind. Funny, outgoing, loved life, and one of the sweetest guys I know. LCHS class of 2015 will forever hold you in our hearts. You will be missed."

Final arrangements for Tanner Wray are as follows:

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Friday also at the First Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg.
Interment will follow immediately after the funeral and will be at the Lawrence County Memorial Gardens.