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11/29/07-Arp

East Texas High School Remembers Student Killed In Accident

An East Texas student dies in a car accident and fellow classmates are doing what they can to pay their respects. Samuel Travis McGilvra, 16,  of Arp died when he lost control of the car he was driving and flipped over into a ditch. It happened on County Road 2106 in Smith County around eight o'clock Wednesday night. School counselors and teachers at Arp High School say Sam, as kids called him, was the sweetest of boys.

With only 300 students at Arp High School, everyone knew Sam McGilvra.

"He would always come in a with positive attitude and want to tell you something great that happened to him," says former teacher, now school counselor Donna Lowery.

Positive, shy, and charming--those are the qualities about him, teachers say, they will miss the most.

"He was your friend through thick or thin," says former teacher, now Assistant Principal Wendy Popescu.

DPS says Sam lost control of the car he was driving, over-corrected and then flipped over into a ditch.

"It's been hard, and when you're this small community and you have the ties you have with these kids, the time they spend with each other, it's just like part of the family and we lost part of our family," Donna says.

Now, posters line the halls--a reminder for students of the young life, taken too soon, and how much they will miss him.

"There was something about his smile, it really lit up the room when he came in," Lowery said.

Sam McGilvra's funeral has been set for Saturday at 10 o'clock in the morning at Arp Emmanuel Baptist Church. 

A passenger in the car, 17-year-old Ashley Lynne Kitchings of Overton was rushed to the hospital with incapacitating injuries. She's listed in critical condition in the ICU

Tracy Watler, Reporting. tracy@kltv.com

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