Service planned Tuesday afternoon
WATERTOWN - Watertown High Principal Jeff Luttrell confirmed grief counselors from other Wilson County schools were on his campus Friday following the passing of sophomore Katie Wilson.
A member of the Lady Tigers softball team and an officer with Future Farmers of America, Wilson, 16, was removed from life support Thursday night at a Nashville hospital after suffering a traumatic brain injury earlier in the week.
She and two other friends were riding in the back of a pickup truck when the vehicle rounded a curve, and Katie fell out of the bed.
She is survived by her mother Dusty Huff Wilson and sister, Kayla Wilson of Watertown; her adopted father Jason Wilson of Dowelltown; father Michael Key of Portland; grandparents J.T. and Alice Key of Portland and June Martin of Lebanon.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Lonnie Adcock, Iva Dean Key and Gerald Huff.
"Katie exemplified everything we look for from our students. She had a great impact on her classmates. There's nothing that could have prepared us for something like this," Luttrell told The Wilson Post.
He added that 90 percent of the students and staff wore camouflage in Katie's honor on Friday.
"We allowed our kids the opportunity to grieve," he said. "We will make sure her legacy lives on here at Watertown High School."
A Celebration of Life service will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Watertown First Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Ford and Principal Luttrell officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Watertown High School FFA or the Lady Tigers softball team.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Editor's Note: This story was edited Friday evening to include additional family members.