Williford High School Teen Remembered for Service to Community

September 26, 2006--Posted at 5:45 p.m. CDT

WILLIFORD, AR--The Sharp County town of Williford is remembering the life of 16-year-old Christopher Bodkins.

Bodkins was a student at Williford High School and the small community is reflecting on the life of this community servant who died when his vehicle was swept away while responding to help others in need.

"A lot of people are taking it real hard, but we are trying to be strong, because he would be strong for us," said friend Caleb Pierce.

"Chris was a good kid.  He was always there for me when I needed him," said friend Matthew Miles.

Bodkins was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had heart for serving his community.

"He worked for the volunteer fire department in Williford. He was always on call and ready to help out whenever needed," said Williford High School principal Roy Causbie.

"He's a good ole boy. What can I say about him? He was always there for anyone who needed him. He was just a really good guy," said Pierce.

His service continued at Williford High School. He helped with landscaping, maintenance and other odd jobs.

"Chris was a young man that always wanted to help when we needed help around school. If we needed things moved or projects done, he was always the first person we would ask," said Causbie.

Chris will be remembered as a people person, someone who was always smiling and giving his classmates hugs. He will have a lasting impact here at Williford High School.

"He loved to work outside. He loved to work on cars and physical work of any kind. His attitude for that kind of work, I think will have a great influence on kids for the rest of their lives," said Causbie.

"He's always going to be remembered. No one is going to be able to forget him. He is one of those kind of people you never can forget," said Pierce.

Over the summer Bodkins became a father. A new adventure he was excited to take on with his fiancée Tiffany Stricklin. Now, it's an adventure he'll never fully get to enjoy.

Bodkins will be remembered with a firefighter's funeral Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Williford School gymnasium.