CHIRENO, TX (KTRE) - It was almost standing room only when Chireno residents gathered in the CISD gym Thursday to say goodbye to Thomas and Kenadee Williams, who were killed in a wreck on the morning of May 7.
Earlier this week, Chireno ISD announced that it would be canceling classes for its students today.
"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."
Thomas "Tommy" Richard Williams III, 45, of San Augustine, graduated from Chireno High School in 1991, according to his obituary. He worked for Noble and Company as a certified OMC boat mechanic, and for the last few years, he worked for the Texas Forest Service.
"Tommy could often be found in the deer stand or on the Attoyac River enjoying the great outdoors, his obituary stated. "He was very caring, outgoing, and always helping others with a contagious smile on his face."
The obit for Kenadee Cheyanne Williams, 13, said that she was a student at Chireno ISD and a member of the Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Her obituary said that she enjoyed hunting, sewing, creating artwork, and spending time with her family.
Known for her love of animals, Kenadeee spent plenty of time at Ruff Cuts Pet Grooming and Daycare in San Augustine. Her obituary stated that she impressed customers with her maturity and was always eager to care for their pets.
Kenadee participated in the Nacogdoches County 4-H Dog Project and One-Act Play at Chireno Junior High School.
"Kenadee was a character, always charming friends and family with her candor and witty remarks," Kenadee's obituary stated. "She had the gift of gab, always finding topics of conversation in any situation. "With a pure heart, she found the best qualities in everyone."
Thomas and Kenadee William 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.