By Clellie Allen
WAKE FOREST — Timothy Michael Adams, who graduated last month from Wakefield High School, drowned Saturday in the Tuckaseigee River near East LaPorte Park River Access Area about 3.5 miles outside of Cullowhee, according to news reports.
“Tim was taken from us too soon in a sudden, unfortunate accident,” his mother, Susan Adams wrote in a gofundme.com page set up to raise funeral expenses.
Adams, 18, was attending WCU’s Summer Academic Success Program at the time of accident. He was enrolled at the school as sports management major, a university spokesman said.
At the time of the incident, Adams was reportedly swimming in the river. The East LaPorte River Access Area is a popular destination with hatchery supported trout fishing, among other attractions. When rescuers arrived, he had been pulled out of the water and was receiving CPR from bystanders. He was later pronounced dead at MedWest-Harris Regional Hospital.
Adams was a wide receiver for Wakefield High School and wore jersey No. 11. He was also a Kerr Y afterschool counselor at Forest Pines Elementary.
“(Tim) approached every afternoon with the kids with enthusiasm, compassion and energy,” said Walt Reynolds, Kerr Family YMCA/YMCA at the Factory Branch Executive Director in a written statement Tuesday. “At 18, Tim already showed a commitment for helping others. Tim loved his job at the Y, his coworkers, and the children in the after school program. The Y loved him back,” Reynolds said.
To assist the Adams family with expenses, see gofundme.com/b350wk.