Remembering a fallen classmate

Remembering a fallen classmate
By: Arnold Wyrick
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Classes at Carbondale Community High School were canceled on Friday to give students, staff and the community a chance to mourn the death of Corey Williams.
The 18-year-old junior was participating a track event on Thursday afternoon, when a bolt of lightning struck him.  Efforts to revive the young man were unsuccessful, and Williams was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale at 4:42 p.m.
On Friday his classmates and friends spent the day comforting one another.
"It's a very sad for all of us here," says Sandy Brown who counseled Corey during his high school years.
"He truly was a student who knew no boundaries in his life, or when it came to making friends."
Grief counselors and members of the Carterville Lifesavers were on hand to offer hugs, and a shoulder to cry on.
" It's never easy.  But, it is easier for them to talk to us because we are also students.  That's what is so good about Lifesavers.  It's a student lead thing," says Brian Stearns of Carterville.
And now those who knew Corey, have only their memories of a young man who wanted to achieve so much in his life.  But who always took time to help those around him.
"He was interested in languages.  He was teaching himself Japanese and was taking a Chinese class.  He loved computers, he loved art.  And of course he loved track.  That was the one thing that really kept him going," Brown said.
"I'm going to remember him as that ray of sunshine that came into every ones life."
Funeral arrangements for Corey Williams are being handled by Huffman & Aarker.  Visitation for Corey will be onFriday,  April 6th at the Carbondale Community High School gymnasium, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. And then his funeral services will follow, there in the school's gymnasium.