By Alton Porter
The Crockett community lost an outstanding young man, student and athlete in a one-vehicle accident that occurred in Houston County early Sunday morning, Oct. 1.
Tyress Anderson, 17, a Crockett High School senior and two-way starter on the Bulldogs varsity football team, lost his life in a single-vehicle wreck that occurred off County Road 1825 near Latexo about 6 a.m.
Anderson played in his last Bulldogs football game— CHS's homecoming game against the Coldspring Trojans—Friday night, Sept. 29.
"Tyress was a fine young man who is going to be very much missed here in our district," said Superintendent Terry Myers of the Crockett Independent School District. "He was a great young man and he will be missed.
"He always had a smile and was one of those young men who was a fierce competitor, and was also a friend to a lot of kids and a lot of folks here in our community. We loved him and we'll miss him. He played football, basketball, and I believe he ran some track as well."
Concerning Anderson's participation in the Bulldogs' homecoming match-up against Coldspring, Myers said, "He showed a lot of heart in that ballgame."
Myers added, "We—the coaching staff, a couple of the principals, counselors and myself—spent some time with the family yesterday (Sunday). Losing him is just like losing one of my own children. They (students in the district) are all mine. It's very, very difficult for me as superintendent to lose one."
Myers said circumstances like these are "why we all pull together and why we all love one another and take care of one another."
Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jimmy Thompson, confirmed that Anderson was a two-way starter for the CHS football team this year, in addition to participating in basketball and track.
"When Tyress walked into a room, the room became brighter," Thompson said. "He was smiling, dancing, joking and having a good time with his teammates.
"I never saw him get in an argument with anybody and I never heard anyone say anything negative about him. He lived each day to the fullest.
"He was an all-around wonderful kid who had a great future, but God took him home early. He was one of those kids that you love being around. It breaks your heart (to lose him)."
Thompson added, "Losing is always tough, but this puts everything in perspective. I lay there Friday night (after the Bulldogs lost to Coldspring) and can't sleep because I lose a football game.
"You feel sorry for yourself and then something tragic like this happens. It makes you open your eyes and realize that losing a football game isn't really that big of a deal."
Thompson said a balloon release, followed by a candlelight ceremony, was held in memory of Anderson at Monte Jack Driskell Stadium Sunday evening.
About the incident that took Anderson's life, Myers said, "All we know, is he lost control of a vehicle he was driving. That's what caused the accident that took his life. It was somewhere out past the Latexo schools on a county road."
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, Anderson was traveling south on CR 1825 about six miles north of Crockett at an unsafe speed when the vehicle he was driving failed to negotiate a curve.
The vehicle—a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe—veered off the road, entered a side skid and overturned.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Clyde Black of Houston County pronounced Anderson dead at the scene of the accident.