School mourns loss of student and teacher

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

On Tuesday night a ten year old child died as a result of an accident on an icy highway 15 that happened on Monday afternoon in Perry County.

Staff members at Riverside Christian School say the sudden death of one of their teachers and students was both tragic and untimely.

Now they are doing their best to honor the memories of Shirley and Curtis Watts.
The Riverside Christian School has students from k through 12 but there are only 40 of them, making it impossible to ignore two desks that are now empty.

One of the desks belonged to Shirley Watts, the school's librarian; employees say her passion for teaching and for children was unmatched.

The other empty desk belonged to Shirley's 10-year-old grandson....Curtis watts.

Staff members say both Curtis and Shirley were cornerstones of the school's foundation.

Employees say that faith gives them strength in this situation, and they are hoping it will give the students faith as well.
Curtis's sister, Kayla, was also in the car crash and remains in serious condition at UK hospital.

The visitation for both Curtis and Shirley will be held Thursday night from 6 until 8 at Watts Funeral Home in Jackson.

Their funeral will be held Friday at 1.

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