East Texas school district: 'Our Chireno ISD family is heartbroken'

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

In the wake of a two-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of a seventh-grader and her father early Monday morning, Chireno ISD has canceled classes for students on Thursday.

"Our Chireno ISD family is heartbroken," a post on the school district's Facebook page stated. "We mourn the loss of Kenadee Williams, a 7th-grade student, and her father, Tommy Williams, a CHS alumni."

Brandy Gray, a principal with Chireno ISD, said that Kenadee brought joy to everyone she knew.

"Her smile and happy-go-lucky personality lit up the room wherever she went," Gray said. "The halls of our school will forever miss this sweet and precious young lady. She never met a stranger and was a friend to all."

Chireno ISD Superintendent Tim Norman echoed Gray's sentiments and said that Kenadee was a special girl that loved to laugh and make other people smile.

"She was a beautiful, loving, and caring child who genuinely put the feelings of others above her own," Norman said. "She loved to bake and surprise others with her cookies, pies, and treats. She was truly one-of-a-kind."

According to the Facebook post, classes are canceled for students only. Faculty and staff will report at their regular times.

The funeral services for Kenadee and Tommy will be at 2 p.m. in the Chireno High School gymnasium.

"Any student scheduled for the U.S. History EOC on Thursday will report to school and be released when the assessment is complete," the Facebook post stated. "Please continue to pray for the Williams family."

Thomas Williams III, 45, and Kenadee Williams, 13, both of San Augustine, were killed in a two-vehicle wreck that occurred on State Highway 21 at about 7:20 a.m. Monday morning. The preliminary Texas Department of Public Safety crash report shows that Williams was driving a 1994 Nissan passenger car east on SH 21 when a westbound 2014 GMC SUV driven by Courtney Bush, 27, of Center, crossed into the eastbound lane and hit the car head-on.

Bush and his 3-year-old passenger were taken to Nacogdoches Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

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