School holds memorial at track for Voyles
by Sparta Live | October 31, 2008 12:00 am
The death of WCHS star athlete, Markie Voyles, has hit school hard again. Jut a little over a year removed from an accident that took the life of Jeff Griffin and left Jackson Butcher in a coma for several weeks, the students are again having to come to terms with how to deal with grief.
That is hard to do for anyone, much less high school students who have undergone such tragic accidents in two consecutive Octobers.
Voyles was remembered Tuesday in a memorial ceremony at a place that typified Voyles. The ceremony was held on the school’s track. The Voyles family was in attendance at the ceremony and Markie’s father, Mark, even spoke about his daughter to those in attendance. Other speakers included three of Voyles’ coaches. Those were Dave Bruce and Stephanie Naaktgeboren, who were her track and cross country coaches, as well as softball coach, Rebecca Beaty. Three teammates also spoke. Chelsea Holland and Crystal Holland, softball teammates, and Casey Bales, a running teammate, all took to the podium and provided some personal insight into Markie Voyles.
Following the ceremony, the entire crowd walked a lap around the track in memory of the fallen star, who in two years, logged many a mile around that track.
Voyles was scheduled to compete in the state cross country meet this weekend after winning the region last week. Several runners, including the entire Cumberland County cross country team, plan to memorialize Voyles this weekend when they run by wearing maroon and gray ribbons. Since moving to Tennessee, the senior runner, who had several scholarship offers on the table at the time of her death, has appeared in every cross country and track state meet.