Accident occurred near Chipley on I-10

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — Students and faculty at West DeFuniak Elementary School spooned up servings of ice cream Monday in honor of their classmate, Micah Goldsmith.

The idea to have a cold treat was voiced following a two-hour memorial at which the school attempted to come to grips with the death Saturday of the talented and bubbly fourth-grader, who died with two others in a church bus accident near Chipley.

“One of the students said, ‘I wish I had ice cream. Ice cream makes everything better,’ ” said principal Darlene Paul. “So we had ice cream.”

At West DeFuniak, as well as at nearby Maude Saunders Elementary, grief counselors were called in to help students struggling to cope with the deaths of 11-year-old Micah and 8-year-old Maliya Chrishon.

Maliya, whom her cousin Tabitha Green described as a “big ol’ goof ball” that “loved to make people laugh,” was a third-grader at Maude Saunders.

“She was a very precious young lady, very sincere, who worked very hard,” said principal Tracey Dickey. “We will certainly miss her.”

Both girls were on their way to a Gospel of the Kingdom Church function when a tire blew on the 2001 Dodge van in which they were passengers.

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