Friends remember Johnson County teen who drowned in Paintsville Lake

Published: Apr. 10, 2016 at 4:28 PM EDT
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The Johnson Central family remembers one one of their own.

On Friday, the body of 15-year-old Luke Caudill was found in Paintsville Lake after police say the teen fell into the water.

From the classroom...

"He was a hard working individual, took pride in everything that he did. He had an infections smile that went around the classroom and just brightened up anyone's day that went around him" said Justin Arms, Caudill's coach and algebra teacher.

To the football field...

"He was hard working and he would always put a smile on your face. He would always pick you back up and he worked very hard," said Matthew Horn, Caudill's teammate and friend.

Friends, teammates, coaches, and teachers remember 15-year-old Luke Caudill.

A teen they said could brighten anyone's day.

"We used to argue every day about who had better hair, we used to do that every day and that was a real big battle at lunch," said Braxton Kelly, Caudill's friend.

Caudill's sudden death left the Johnson Central family in shock.

Now, they are left with the memories of the fun loving person he was.

"We would be out here on the field and you would look over and he would just make you laugh. Coach Matney's making us run or something he would just make you break down and laugh and make it pass a lot faster," said Gunner Slone, Caudill's teammate and friend.

The freshman quarterback, who coaches and teammates said had a promising future in football.

"In the past year, he came leaps and bounds on the field, he had a lot of success in our system," said Chris Pierce, Freshman/JV Football Coach.

"He was a good leader, he rallied his troops together, got them ready to win, he always had a positive outlook on the game. If you were down he was going to try to lead you back to a victory and he was ready to do the job," said Gerodon Blanton, Caudill's teammate and friend.

As the team pulls together to prepare for another football season, keeping in mind their friend and leader who will forever be a Golden Eagle.

Visitation for Luke Caudill is after 6:00 Monday night at the J.W. Call Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 on Tuesday at the R.H. Ratliff Cemetary in Shelbiana.