Cancer Claims Life Of Local School Principal’s 4-Year-Old Son

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email

The 4-year-old son of the principal of a Waco-area junior high school around whom teachers and students rallied has died of inoperable cancer.

Kyle Coker (Family photo)

WACO (May 13, 2014) Funeral services are Wednesday in Waco for Kyle Coker, the 4-year-old son of Connally Junior High School Assistant Principal Jon Coker.

Kyle died Sunday of an inoperable brain tumor.

Connally ISD teachers and students rallied in support of the youngster and his family after Kyle was diagnosed in March with a form of cancer called pontine glioma.

The tumor was sitting on the pons of his brain stem, which controls such critical functions as breathing, making it all but impossible to operate.

Jon and Krystal Coker are both Connally ISD graduates and longtime employees of the district.

Krystal Coker serves as the district’s math coach.

On April 29 students and employees staged a walkathon for Kyle at Connally High School to raise money to help pay medical costs.

Over $17,000 was raised that night, but the walk was about more than money.

"It's more just to show how much we love them. We are 100 percent behind the Coker’s, whatever they need," said Connally High School teacher Jarra Exum a close friend of the Coker family.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Baptist Church in Waco.

Burial follows at Moore Cemetery in Chalk Bluff.

Visitation was Tuesday night at Lake Shore Funeral Home where hundreds turned out for the service.

The state-bound one-act-play troupe from Connally ISD will be holding a special performance Thursday night at Connally High School where the proceeds from the show will go to the Coker family.

Kyle is survived by his parents and his twin sister, Julie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kyle Coker Fund at American Bank for medical expenses.


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