MMS student dies after collapsing at game
by By John Conley email@example.com
A 12-year-old Mullens Middle School student died last Friday night after collapsing at the Wyoming East-Westside football game at New Richmond.
Kaimyn Michael Anderson was remembered as a big sports fan.
“Kaimyn was a wonderful young man,” said Terri Smith, principal of Mullens Middle School. “He loved being a Mullens Rebel and playing football and basketball,” she added. “He couldn’t wait to be a Wyoming East Warrior and play sports there.
“We will miss Kaimyn and all that he added to Mullens Middle School,” Mrs. Smith remarked. “Our faculty and students are very sad today. We just want to remember all the good times that included Kaimyn.
“We want to honor and cherish his memory,” she continued. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and especially to his sister, Kyrsha, who was a student at Mullens Middle School last year.”
“It is a very sad occasion here in Wyoming County,” stated Superintendent of Schools Frank “Bucky” Blackwell. “Everyone’s heart is broken, especially for a student in the prime of his youth. He was the kind of student everybody liked and was a good athlete. Everyone who knew him said he was a very nice young man.”
The football game was stopped for a moment of prayer for Anderson after an ambulance crew rushed him to a hospital.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department indicated that there is no police investigation of the death.
Kaimyn Michael Anderson, 12, of Mullens, was ushered into Heaven by Angels on Friday, September 6, 2013.
Born June 13, 2001, at Beckley, he was the son of Chrystal McKinney Anderson of Mullens and Michael James Anderson, Jr., of Beckley.
Kaimyn was a 6th-grade student at Mullens Middle School. He was actively involved in football and basketball where he played for the Mullens Football League and was looking forward to his first basketball game on Tuesday for Mullens Middle School. He had previously played baseball and last year was a member of the Mullens All-Star Baseball Team that played in the State Baseball Tournament in Moorefield. He also played for the East Warriors AAU Basketball Team and Kaimyn was an avid Miami Heat fan.
K-Man always preferred and proudly wore the number 13 on all his sports jerseys.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Chrystal McKinney Anderson and her fiancé, Herbie Brooks of Mullens; his father, Michael James Anderson, Jr., and his wife, Kelli, of Beckley; a sister, Kyrsha Anderson at home; his maternal grandparents, Hayden and Louise McKinney of Corinne; his paternal grandparents, Michael and Rezetta Anderson of Beckley; two half sisters, Erin Anderson of South Carolina and Brooke Holmes of Florida; two half brothers, Braxton Berry and Blake Penn both of Beckley; three stepsisters, Neriah Galloway, Kennedi Galloway, and Baylee Brooks all of Beckley; and Derek Brooks of Mullens and Kelsey Brooks of Beckley; an aunt, Sonya Williams and her husband, Denny, of Corinne; close cousins, Garrick and Gary Weaver of Corinne, aunts, Melissa Gill of Beckley, Dorothy Tabor of Reidsville, NC, and Lisa Anderson Bandy of Murfreesboro, TN; uncles, Shawn Anderson and Brandon Anderson both of Beckley; and a host of other family. Kaimyn also leaves behind many friends and sports buddies whom he will miss playing and spending time with.
When we pause to remember Kaimyn we shall remember his love for all sports, his polite, kind nature, his sense of humor, and his friendly smile he showed to all of us!
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Mullens Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Gilbert Dodson officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Kaimyn loved sports so in keeping with his wishes the family requests in lieu of flowers donations of sympathy be made to Mullens Middle School Athletic Fund, 801 Moran Avenue, Mullens, WV 25882, or Wyoming East High School Athletic Fund, P.O. Box 390, New Richmond, WV 24867.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.
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