Posted 11/15/23


A Maury County teen who died in a fire is being remembered for his bright spirit and personality. Will Spiess, 19, died in a camper fire at the Natchez Trace campground in Lewis County over the weekend.

Spiess had been part of the Maury County school system since preschool. His mother even serves as a school nurse.

Spiess was an 11th grader at Columbia High School with special abilities. He was often found in the hall greeting students and teachers with his bright smile.

His passion was always to be part of a team, dedicating much of his time to the basketball team.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate Spiess’ death, saying at this time the fire appears to be accidental. Spiess’ funeral service will be held Thursday.

The school will host a balloon release Friday and is asking for everyone to wear purple along with a cowboy hat and boots in Spiess’ honor.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up to help the Spiess family during this difficult time.