First-ever Hunter Caraway Memorial bestowed


For the first time, the Hunter Caraway Memorial has been given away—to a close friend of its namesake no less.

The inaugural recipient, Deandre Williams, is someone Caraway likely would’ve picked himself if given the chance. He and Williams were “best buds,” according to teacher Jane McLeod.

“Hunter couldn’t leave the room every day until he told Deandre bye, even if it meant his aunt, Libby, or his cousin, Alexa, waiting an extra 10 minutes in the parking lot,” explained McLeod. “There was no rushing him.”

Caraway was set to graduate as a member of Swainsboro High’s Class of 2020. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2019 prior to being able to wear his cap and gown. However, his family created the memorial in his honor this year and generously donated a cap and gown to Williams, a current senior at SHS set to graduate in May 2022.

“We love thinking back on these kinds of precious memories—the ones Hunter and Deandre shared—that make us smile, laugh, and cry. They help us to always remember Hunter,” continued McLeod. “We would like to thank the Caraways from the bottom of our hearts for sharing their precious Hunter with us and creating this memorial to honor him.”

Moving forward, the Caraway Family plans to continue making cap and gown donations in Hunter’s memory every year possible.

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