Students Remember Classmate

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

A Perry County school community is mourning the loss of 11-year-old Josh Williams, who officials say drowned Friday in an oil pit in his grandparents' garage.

The boy was found unconscious in three feet of water.

11-year-old Josh Williams was a student at Chavies Elementary for most of his life.

Now grief counselors want to make sure his fifth grade classmates can express how they feel about losing him.

“They're searching for a way to make sense for themselves, and at this age, some of them have very little experience with death and it's very difficult,” Cristiana Walker said.

They found a creative way to cope by writing messages of love and happy memories on a bulletin board in Josh's honor. It's clear he had a sense of humor, and charm.

“Josh had made a comment telling one little girl that when he looked into her eyes he needed a map because he got lost,” Walker said.

Kids here have experienced their share of tragedies; this is the third death of a Chavies Elementary student in the past few years. Principal Eddie Browning says though it's never easy, it's important not to break the students' routine.

“We need to talk about what's went on, and then we need to go ahead and go on with the day, as normal as possible,” Principal Eddie Browning said.

Counselors say Josh's classmates are helping each other move on.

Their art work gives them a piece of Josh to hold on to.

Josh Williams' visitation is going on right now, until nine tonight at the Engle-Walker Funeral Home in Hazard.

Funeral services are Tuesday afternoon at one, also at the funeral home.


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  • by JAMES Location: CHAVIES on Mar 3, 2008 at 10:38 AM
    I'm in the same grade with him and he was a very good friend of mine. I will miss him alot!!!!!!!
  • by Ree Location: Buckhorn on Feb 26, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    His sister, (edited), and his mother were to distraught when I called them Saturday evening. (edited) kept remembering things he said about fog, and oh the rain poured that night. It's sad that a young boy had to go like that. and his loving sister and mother are so upset.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2008 at 01:24 PM
    My son was in his grade and this has been a terrible loss for everyone at the school and my heart goes out to his family
  • by angel maria winchester Location: RICHMOND KY on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:43 AM
    I DIDNT KNOW JOSH .MY DAD IS FROM BARWICK.AND MY HEART GOSE OUT TO JOSH FAMILY.HIS GRANDFATHER WAS MY LATE UNCLE DAVIDS,BEST FRIEND.SO ID LIKE TO LET THE FAMILY NO WE ARE SORRY FOR THERE LOST.
  • by Ricki Jo Location: Ky on Feb 25, 2008 at 04:54 PM
    Josh waz a very good person and friend to me and all i can say is we love u and miss u and rest in peace.....

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