A recent Lee County High School graduate and former Yellow Jackets quarterback was killed in a car crash over the weekend, multiple sources are reporting.
Will Patterson was killed Saturday while home in Lee County, according to WSLS TV in Virginia. Patterson was a freshman at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia, and “was listed as a quarterback on the team’s website,” according to the WSLS report. Details about the crash were not available on the North Carolina Highway Patrol’s website as of Monday.
According to an online obituary from Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Patterson was “a standout multi-sport student.”
“He recently graduated with academic and athletic honors from Lee County Senior High School where he played football and baseball. In addition to school athletics, he played travel baseball for several local teams and worked for Carolina Trace County Club where he met many friends and developed a love for golf,” the obituary reads.
Patterson played football for four years, starting nine games as a junior and 13 in his senior season. For his career, he threw for 4,227 yards and 44 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions. Lee County went 17-5 in his final two seasons.
According to the obit, a “Willie P Football Scholarship” has been created in his name. Memorials made to “Willie P Scholarship” can be mailed to the Lee County High School Booster Club at P.O. Box 2421, Sanford, N.C., 27331.
So very tragic, I pray for his family to find peace in this time of heartbreak for them. We also need to make sure that any students attending Lee County High School that are friends with him and knew him are given grief counseling if they need it. This will be equally as hard on his young friends.