High School Drowning Victims Remembered

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Students from Powell County High School had the day off from class on Tuesday to remember two fallen students.

15-year-old Brian Rowland and 14-year-old Billy Eversole were fishing Friday night when they went in to the water. Emergency crews found their bodies in the pond on Saturday.

Both teens attended Powell County High School where they were members of the football team.

"They weren't just my friends, they were my brothers, both of them," said Andrew Ledford, a friend and teammate to both boys.

Funerals for both boys were held on Tuesday afternoon.

Billy Eversole's funeral was held at Powell County High School at 11am Tuesday morning.

"Billy wasn't scared of anybody and he would do anything to help a friend in need," said David Crowe, a friend and teammate to Eversole.

Brian Rowland's funeral was held in Winchester at 1pm.

"Brian always had a smile on his face, laughing all the time," Ledford said of his friend.

"We will miss them so much, school just won't be the same," said Crowe.

"I will miss them boys but I will always have the memories we made, they are in my heart," said Ledford

Brian Rowland was laid to rest at Clarmont Memorial Gardens, in Winchester.

Billy Eversole was laid to rest at Sparks Cemetery in Stanton.


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  • by Dawn Timbers Location: Abington Pennsylvania on Apr 18, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    This message is for brian Senior, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I think of you often and wish things could have been different sometimes. I was looking you up online to see where you were and find out how you've been. I pray to god that this is not the same man I knew when I went to school in Lancaster. But, if it is, I am so sorry. Nothing can be more difficult to overcome...I know this myself as well. I wish you well. If there is anything I can do. I come to Kentucky frequently, believe it or not and I'd love to see you and maybe give you some encouragement. Sincerely and with Love, Dawn
  • by ShawnaH Location: Richmond on Feb 17, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    It has almost been two years since this horrible accident. I was Billy's 4th grade teacher. I know that we aren't suppose to have favorites, but Billy was one of my favorite students. He taught me what a true teacher is, someone who doesn't just care about what happens inside the classroom but outside as well. There isn't a day that goes by I do not think about his strength and determination. My thoughts go out to both families as the two year mark approaches.
  • by Mary Location: Bourbon Co on Apr 9, 2009 at 12:59 AM
    Billy and Brian I love you and miss you both when i first heard about this i just cried in bed and hoped that it was just a bad dream i miss you alot it kills me to know that i cant call you up to talk and take advice from you.. you were always Great for that... Brian I miss talking to you and i know that i never gave you a chance but i really did love you now that your gone ill always go throughout life wondering "what if" and "why" but i kow that you are both in better places ill be seeing you one dayy Much love Your friend Maryy
  • by lynn Location: irvine on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    i wish i could do anything to get you all back because i would in a hard beat you all was the best and i miss you all like crazy... love ya :(
  • by lynn Location: irvine on Feb 26, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    this is lynn smith Billy Eversole x girlfriend he was a good friend and he was allways there for you when you need him.. i love you and still miss love ya :(
  • by laci morris (brain cuz) Location: clay city on Nov 4, 2008 at 05:43 AM
    I LOVE YOU BRAIN AND BILLY I MISS YOU BILLY AND BRAIN
  • by laci shane morris Location: clay city on Oct 17, 2008 at 05:15 AM
    we will never know what really happended that night and i lov you boys like my big brothers i miss you billy and brain very much i wish you guys where still here i lov you soooooo much and i will see you guys soon LOVE YOU & MISS YOU i'm also brian cuz
  • by angie Location: winchester on Jun 15, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    The family of Billy Eversole would like to say thank you for all the notes that you have put on the computer about them it means alot to all of us.. WE LOVE YOU BILLY EVERSLOE AND MISS YOU ALOT...
  • by torilyn Location: powell county on Apr 1, 2008 at 09:25 AM
    i didnt know brian that well but i knew him and i knew billy he was a really good friend to me they were honestly true pirates they were like family to everyone i want to say im sorry for missing there funrels i really wanted to go but it was just to hard on me i love them boys and i will always remember them in my heart it all comes from the heart and i just know that they are up in heaven right know i pray every night for them and i really miss them i really do and nobody can take memorys or friendship away so i just miss them and i will remember them forever in my heart.
  • by Jcaqualyn Location: winchester, ky on Mar 29, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    I just love them sooooooo much and if their was anything i could do to bring them back i would do it, no matter what is was even if it meant taking my life away from me, i would do it. They were just too young and had a whole life ahead of them. The last time i talked to billy he was very excited about driving and everything and it just absoulely kills me to watch him go....i loved him sooo much. :(

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