By WCTI Staff. From Originally posted: September 29, 2014. Original Article.


BEAUFORT COUNTY – Family members have identified a 5-year-old boy who was killed after falling into a grain cart in Beaufort County.

Colby Gray Williamson died in the accident Saturday evening, his family said. It happened at their home on Wharton Station Road, about 7-and-a-half miles north of Washington.

Colby was on top of the grain cart when farm workers began to load grain into it, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. The 5-year-old then fell into the cart, sunk into the grain, and was unable to breathe.

Deputies responded at about 7 p.m. Saturday. The Sheriff’s Office said workers tried to get the preschooler out of the grain cart, but could not immediately reach him.

At his home, friends and relatives filed in and out to pay respects. The Williamson family called the death of their 5-year-old son a tragic accident, but declined to comment further.

Colby was born in Pitt County on Sept. 21, 2009, according to his obituary. He attended preschool at First United Methodist Church.

The obituary says Colby was known as “Mama’s Candy Monster.” He was always in a good mood, loved his family’s farm, and enjoyed fishing and hunting, the obituary says.

Colby is survived by his parents, older brother, younger brother, maternal and paternal grandparents, and other family members.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Paul Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington.

Colby’s funeral services are scheduled to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Old Ford Church of Christ, located at 6040 U.S. Highway 17 North in Washington. His burial will be private at the Williamson Family Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the following:

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, Tenn. 38105

Children’s Miracle Network
P.O. Box 8369
Greenville, N.C. 27835-8369