A 2014 graduate of Watertown High School drowned early Monday morning in Wilson County during a Midnight swim with friends.
According to Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, 17-year-old Kent Foster dove into Old Hickory Lake at the Misty Cove Boat Ramp and never resurfaced.
The sheriff’s department and Wilson County Emergency Management had boats on the scene searching the area by 1 a.m.
Foster’s body was found a short time later.
Sheriff Bryan said drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor.
A prayer service was held Monday evening at First Baptist Church in Watertown.
“He was a good Christian kid,” said the church’s youth director, Ben Putnam. “And he’s gone to be with our Lord now.”
Foster’s friends and former classmates are also organizing fundraisers to help the family.
Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings, who formerly coached Foster’s youth baseball team for many years, said the small community is rallying around the family.
“The young people just want to do something,” Mayor Jennings said. “They want to do something and gosh, they handle things so well.”
Visitation for Foster will be held Thursday from 2 until 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Watertown.
His funeral will be held on Friday at the church at 2 p.m.
A memorial fund has been set up to help the family with Foster’s funeral costs. Donations can be made to the Kent Foster Memorial Fund at any Wilson Bank & Trust.
The site where Foster drowned is about a mile downstream from Hunter’s Point, where James Davis Jr., 15, of Lebanon, drowned a year ago also on July 14.