Friends remember Johnson County teen who drowned in Paintsville Lake

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Friends and family members are remembering a Johnson County teenager who died last week.

On Friday, the body of Luke Caudill, 15, was found in Paintsville Lake after police say he fell into the water.

The teenager was a freshman at Johnson Central High School. Over the weekend, friends, teammates, coaches, and teachers gathered to remember Caudill.

"He was a hard working individual, took pride in everything that he did. He had an infections smile that went around the classroom and just brightened up anyone's day that went around him" said Justin Arms, Caudill's coach and algebra teacher.

Friends say Caudill could brighten anyone's day.

"We used to argue every day about who had better hair, we used to do that every day and that was a real big battle at lunch," said Braxton Kelly, Caudill's friend.

Caudill's sudden death left the Johnson Central family in shock. Now, they are left with the memories of the fun loving person he was.

"We would be out here on the field and you would look over and he would just make you laugh. Coach Matney's making us run or something he would just make you break down and laugh and make it pass a lot faster," said Gunner Slone, Caudill's teammate and friend.

Caudill was a quarterback for Johnson Central. Coaches and teammates said Caudill had a promising future in football.

"He was a good leader, he rallied his troops together, got them ready to win, he always had a positive outlook on the game. If you were down he was going to try to lead you back to a victory and he was ready to do the job," said Gerodon Blanton.

Visitation for Luke Caudill is after 6:00 Monday night at the J.W. Call Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 on Tuesday at the R.H. Ratliff Cemetary in Shelbiana.

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