He was talking in an exaggerated country style. I almost died laughing but knew he was trying to pull the wool over someone’s eyes. This time the recipients of his antics were our counselor, Marilyn and her daughter, Stephanie. I discovered then and there that David was quite the trickster. Val was standing there also and we looked at each other and smiled, but didn’t laugh. I think I was biting my tongue to keep the laughter away. We were watching Marilyn and Stephanie. Their eyes got rather large and I’m sure they were wondering, “Where in the world did this man come from??? Is he a parent of one of our students?? Oh my!!” Then he introduced himself as Val’s husband and this caused an even greater shock factor. After we stood and conversed for a while, he finally took out those teeth and we could not hold our laughter any longer. It was great roll in the floor laughter. The kind of laughter that makes your sides hurt. I can still see Marilyn and Stephanie standing there, bewildered by this man!!! That was the beginning of many
My hubby and I have watched Cedar Hill basketball many times. We watched Daniel and Jason Horton, Shawn Glover and many more play some great BB. For the past 4 years we have had a more personal connection to the team while watching Tanner play. We certainly appreciate David’s style of coaching. He is calm and caring, but has a firm hand on those young men. David teaches his players more than basketball; he teaches them about life and he makes sure they are taken care of. David and Val have their players over to their home for cookouts and he has players that return to see him when they are in town.
David is retiring this year. He wants to be able to travel and see Tanner play basketball in college. He also wants to be able to see Rylea play basketball. What David didn’t anticipate was a diagnosis of lung cancer. It has been extremely stressful for David and his family.
Please visit his caring bridge site to read his story. What made David an even better man was his devotion to God and family. I consider David, Valree, Tanner, and Rylea to be family. You may read my memories of David here. My thoughts and prayers are with the Milson family. Our "Team Milson" will continue to embrace Val, Tanner, and Rylea.