Friends and teachers in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas are mourning the loss of 27 year old Zachary Roddy, who was killed in a wreck over the weekend in Oklahoma.
Roddy was born in Vernon, grew up in Burkburnett, and graduated from Oklahoma State University.
He taught jazz and orchestra in Tulsa and this school year moved to Bentonville High School in Arkansas to teach music and band.
Oklahoma authorities say Roddy was killed Saturday when his car went off the turnpike in Oklahoma City and crashed into a culvert.
Teachers at Burkburnett High School say though it's been many years since he graduated, he is an easy student to remember.
Pam Francis, Roddy's former chemistry teacher said, "Zach was a ball of energy. He was enthusiastic about everything and that's what I remember about him the most. When I knew him and of course he's in band so I knew that he was really into music. Always said he wanted to be a band director and go into music. But as a science teacher he was very good at science and always very enthusiastic about anything we ever did in class."
His former math teacher Lee Seman told us, "Zach was just one of those kinds of kids who, when you'd talk to him I mean he always had a smile on his face. He was gregarious, he was outgoing, everybody loved him."
Tuesday grief counselors were at the four schools where Zachary taught in Bentonville to help his students cope with the loss. They say they had recruited Zachary very heavily and he was making a deep impact on his students.
Visitation is Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home in Burkburnett. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Burkburnett.
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