The South Carolina baseball community has been hit hard by the recent sudden passing of Gamecocks commit Brett Williams.
And while both the White Knoll High and South Carolina baseball programs endure unimaginable grief alongside Williams’ family and loved ones, the leaders at nearby baseball programs are stepping up with classy ways to honor the 16-year-old who reportedly passed away after complications stemming from the flu.
Brian Hucks, who coaches at nearby Lexington High in South Carolina, tweeted a photo on Thursday morning showing that he was planning to retire the No. 22 jersey that Williams wore at White Knoll for his team this season.
— Brian Hucks (@bhucks17) January 19, 2017
In response to the gesture, Blythewood High coach Banks Faulkner also announced that his school would set aside the No. 22 jersey for the 2017 baseball campaign:
— Banks Faulkner (@BanksFaulkner) January 19, 2017
Williams’ coach and teammates have indicated that they’ll do something to honor their fallen teammate, but it may take some time for that tribute to surface.
The Lexington County Coroner said Williams tested positive for influenza B last Saturday and his symptoms got worse the next few days. But it could be weeks before a final cause of death is determined.
A memorial fund has been set up for Williams by the school. All donations are tax deductible and will assist the family with funeral cost.
Visitation has been scheduled for Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Caughman-Harmon Funeral Home in Chapin, South Carolina.
The funeral for Williams has been set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Northside Baptist Church in Lexington, South Carolina. The family is requesting that the media not attend the services.