Longtime Employee of the Public Schools of Robeson County Dies in Tragic Accident
LUMBERTON, GA – According to an online news report at robensonian.com, the Public Schools of Robeson County is mourning the death of a 41-year employee who died earlier this week in a fiery accident.*
The man, aged 63, perished in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 74. He was an employee of the Maintenance Department of the Public Schools of Robeson County for 41 years.
“We all loved Mr. Billy,” the superintendent said. “He was one of a kind and so genuine. There was mutual respect between Mr. Billy and anyone he encountered.”
The superintendent notes that the victim worked on the day that he perished, notwithstanding the fact that his wife wanted him to stay home and rest.
“He was so dedicated and still came in because he knew we needed him as we worked on the school closings and consolidations,” she said Wednesday. “Today, the Maintenance Department came together for a small memorial session at 7 a.m. They all said, ‘He’s irreplaceable.’ The very last text I got from Mr. Billy was, ‘Thank you for your support, Billy.’ My response, ‘You’ve always helped me.’”
Per the police report, the male victim was operating a 2003 Ford pickup truck going eastbound on Interstate 74 located roughly 6 miles west of Lumberton. When the vehicle left the roadway, it slammed into a tree and exploded into flames. The man was the only occupant of his vehicle and was killed instantly. The accident caused massive damage to the vehicle, which was owned by the school system.
According to the Georgia Highway Patrol, there were no witnesses, and there is also no indication as to what caused the man’s vehicle to veer off the road and slam into a tree.
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