David Perry could not believe the news when it came Sunday.
Another member of his 2018 Munford High School graduation class had died.
According to multiple media reports, Marcus Webb, 22, died in a car accident around 1 a.m. on Sunday in Murfreesboro. Webb was the front passenger in a Dodge Charger that left the road and hit a tree. The four other men in the car, which included former and current Cumberland University football players, survived.
Webb was not playing this season, though he played in previous seasons at Cumberland after signing with the school in the spring of 2018.
Perry said he was in a group text chat with Webb about an hour before the accident occurred. According to Perry, Webb was still a student at Cumberland and expected to graduate in December.
Two other members of the Munford class of 2018 – Steven Kendrick and Chase Suggs – died shortly after graduation. Kendrick died in a car accident in January of 2019 and Suggs died in an ATV accident in November of 2018. Kendrick, also a standout baseball player, played football on the same Munford team as Webb.
Perry added that three other members of his class have also died over the last couple of years.
“It’s tough,” said Perry. “He (Webb) was a good guy, hands down one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was a great ball player, but he was also a great guy.”
During his time at Munford, Webb was a very athletic edge rusher and receiver who was all-state his senior year. Nick Markle, who coached Webb at Munford, said it was the first time a Munford played had been named all-state in about a decade.
“He was probably the best athlete on a team full of talent,” Markle said about Webb’s senior season in 2017. “That team was one of the best I’ve ever coached and probably one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve ever coached, just being around those guys.”
Munford went 9-3 that season, achieved a top-10 state ranking and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
Markle remembered one game that season when Webb caught a touchdown pass, had multiple tackles for loss and blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.
“He was kind of a quiet type of leader. He didn’t say a whole lot in the locker room, but his play kind of set the tone,” Markle said. “It’s just devastating. He had his whole life ahead of him … I have good memories of the time we spent together.”