, Muskogee, OK

December 16, 2013

Benefit for family of student scheduled for this week

By Anita Reding
Times Staff Writer

— A Fort Gibson pre-K student is being remembered as a smart, personable child.

His school family is hosting a dinner that will benefit the family of Charles Blayke Spence, 5, who died in a car crash Dec. 6, organizers said.

Blayke was the “sunshine of our class,” said Jodie Jones, Blayke’s teacher.

“He’s very much missed,” Jones said about Blayke, who was one of the 17 students in her class.

“Blayke was an excellent student,” Jones said. “All of his classmates loved him.

He got along with everybody. He was very polite.”

Blayke was very close to his brothers — one who was 2 and another who was in the first grade — and often talked about them at school, Jones said.  

One of his favorite subjects at school was art,” his teacher said, adding that he also enjoyed the development center.

“He loved to build.”

Jones also remembers that Blayke was always respectful and had great manners.

“He got along well with everybody,” she said.

In addition, Blayke was a good student who was very eager to learn, Jones said.  

“He was here to learn, and he was ready to learn,” she said.

"He was a great kid, he's going to be greatly missed," said Shelly Holderby, principal at Fort Gibson Early Learning Center. “He was a good student, always smiling and always happy," she said.

The beans and cornbread dinner will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school’s main cafeteria, 500 S. Ross St.

Cost for the meal will be $5.

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If you go

WHAT: Benefit Beans and Cornbread Dinner

WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Main Cafeteria, 500 S. Ross St.  

COST:  $5.