Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

February 27, 2013

Fankell memorial scheduled Wednesday

By Leeann Akers - Editor

Feb. 27, 2013 — The victim of Saturday’s fatal car accident will be remembered on Wednesday at East Carter High School.

Lewis John “Johnny” Fankell, 17, of Grayson, was operating a Pontiac Firebird eastbound on Mayhew Flats Road when he lost control of the vehicle, traveled over an embankment and struck a tree.  

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Carter County Deputy Coroner Ronnie Wallace. Because of the severity of the crash, it is not known if Fankell was wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Fankell, who played baseball for East Carter High School, was the son of Thomas and Rachel (Burton) Fankell.

“You coach sports and there is this connection you have as a team, conditioning, practice, bus rides, the conversations in the dugout, the highs and lows of wins and losses,” said Assistant Baseball Coach Bradley Cotton via Facebook Saturday. “But it's more than being a team, it really becomes a family. I’m saddened tonight that we are saying ‘see you later’ to a brother. Thankful though that we have had the privilege of knowing you, No. 31, Johnny Fankell.”

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. at Harold D. Holbrook Athletic Complex, East Carter High School.

Visitation was last night, also at ECHS. Sparks Funeral Home in Grayson is in charge of the arrangements.

Carter County sheriff’s deputies, emergency workers, and Grayson and Hitchins fire departments assisted the Kentucky State Police at the scene.

KSP Trooper Shane Copley is the investigating officer.