Mother says Corey Williams was 'the perfect kid'

Mother says Corey Williams was 'the perfect kid'
By: Carly O'Keefe
CARBONDALE, Ill - Funeral arrangements have been finalized for 18-year-old Corey Williams of Carbondale. Williams was struck by lightening Thursday at a Carbondale Community High School track meet. "He was a perfect kid, he didn't smoke, didn't do drugs, never drank alcohol, he was just a perfect kid," said Vanessa Webb, Corey's mom.
Webb says Corey was about as well-rounded as teenagers come: he was a track star, a football player, a wiz at x-box and very smart. "He was learning Japanese, he was taking Chinese classes at the high school, and he already spoke Spanish fluently," said Corey's sister Tequita Douglas. "His biggest dream was to go to Japan. He actually started teaching himself Japanese and he actually got pretty fluent with it," said Webb. "Last night it really dawned on me that he was, as the young phrase goes, all that and a bag of chips. And a soda and a lollipop," said Douglas.
Since Thursday, Webb has been amazed to learn how many people loved her son. "I have never seen such an outpouring of love. Corey touched a lot of lives, probably more than 100 people could in their lifetimes," said Webb.
But even surrounded by flowers, cards and words of condolence, Corey's family is having a tough time coping with the reality that his life was so tragically cut short. "I'm mad that god took him away from me because I know he would have made a more profound impact on people had he been given the chance. I'm mad and I'm angry and I'm confused and I'm hurt," said Webb.
While there's certainly cause for grieving, the family wants others to live life as Corey would: to it's fullest. "I would tell the track team, you know he had a goal of winning first place in hurdles, go get that gold and bring it home for him," said Douglas. "I don't want anyone to mourn him. We've started asking family not to wear black to the funeral because it's time to celebrate such a precious life."
Because Corey's death was so unexpected, the family is asking for help from the community to offset the cost of funeral expenses. You can make contributions to the Corey Williams Memorial Fund through any Old National Bank. Visitation will take place 10 a.m. to noon Friday April 6 in the Carbondale Community High School gym. Funeral services will follow at noon.