In Chickamauga, the Gordon Lee school community is mourning the sudden loss of a beloved teacher. Greg Landers has passed away at the age of 49.

Landers had just begun his 27th year at the school. He was an 8th grade science teacher and assistant softball coach for 27 years. 

Colleagues say he had a great sense of humor to match his smile. He would often amaze former students by remembering their names, even after 27 years. The school had an assembly Thursday morning, and has brought in several counselors and youth pastors.

Landers was a Chickamauga native who graduated from Gordon Lee High School. 

Superintendent Melody Day said, “He was a caring and supportive teacher, with a servant’s heart. He was an excellent role model with a positive attitude. Our Gordon Lee family has lost one of our best.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.