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Polk senior dies

Quinton Webber killed in car crash last week

COLUMBUS—Polk County senior Quinton Webber, 18, of Green Creek died on the night he was supposed to graduate high school. 

Webber was in a car crash last Monday night along U.S. 74 that eventually took his life. 

Polk County graduation was held on Friday night, where the school awarded him his diploma in absentia. Webber died at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center at 10:22 p.m. Friday night. 

“Our Polk Schools family is heartbroken by the tragic loss of class of 2021 senior Quinton Webber,” said Polk County Schools Superintendent Aaron Greene. “Dealing with the loss of a family member or friend is very difficult. It is even more difficult when they are young, and when they are a member of a small, close-knit community. Obviously our deepest sympathies go out to Quinton’s family and friends.” 

Greene said Webber had completed his senior year and was awarded his diploma last Friday night at the class of 2021 commencement exercises. The ceremony was paused during the reading of names for principal Dr. Brandon Schweitzer to recognize Webber and explain that he had been in an accident that prevented him from attending. Schweitzer asked the audience to keep Webber and his family in their thoughts and prayers. 

“Unfortunately Quinton passed later that evening,” Greene said. “It is indeed a terrible loss for our Wolverine family and entire community.” 

Polk County Schools will have counselors available on Thursday, June 15 at Stearns Education Center in Columbus from noon-6 p.m. to meet with and support students who may need it. 

Greene said anyone with questions or needing support are encouraged to contact him at 828-894-3051. 

No services have yet been announced for Webber, but an announcement has been made at Petty Funeral Home in Landrum. 

A GoFundMe page is available at https://gofund.me/1a9e44b5.