By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Flower Mound _ Owner Jerry Jones and the Cowboys brass took a break from their pre-draft preparations to attend the funeral of former special teams coach Joe Avezzano, who died of a heart attack April 5 in Milan, Italy.
Avezanno, 68, was funeralized at Trietsch United Methodist Church before a crowd of roughly 200 family, friends, fellow coaches and former players in what was somber but light hour-long service.
Cowboys radio voice Brad Sham and Avezzano’s son, Tony, were the designated eulogists.
The list of attendees included Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Chargers coach Norv Turner, former Texas A&M coaches Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum as well Jones, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones and Cowboys executive Jerry Jones Jr. along with their families. Also there were Cowboys assistant coaches Joe DeCamillis, Skip Peete, Chris Boniol and former Cowboys assistants Robert Ford and Tony Wise.
Among the former Cowboys in attendance were Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, Darren Woodson, Dat Nguyen, Dexter Coakley, Randal Williams, Bill Bates, Russell Maryland, Tony Tolbert, Chad Hennings, Daryl Johnston, Jay Novacek, Ryan Neufield and Kelvin Garmon.