Markie Voyles, a stand out cross country athlete, who represented Macon County’s Cross Country team in 2007, died in a tragic automobile accident, October 26, 2008, in White County.
Markie, 17, was the only passenger in a 1995 Nissan pickup truck driven by Travis B. Young, 18 of Sparta. According to a report by Trooper David Hickey, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the vehicle was traveling West on Bunker Hill Road, in White County, and veered off the west side of the roadway and struck a tree on the passenger’s side.
Information from the report stated neither Voyles nor Young were wearing a seatbelt and alcohol could have been a contributing factor.
Markie Voyles attended White County High School in Sparta, after she moved from California to Tennessee with her family in the summer of 2006.
“WCHS did not have a cross country team,” Head Cross Country Coach Glen Gattis said Monday, explaining that before the cross country season begins each year, a jamboree at Cookeville High School is held, which is where he first saw Markie run.
“The next Saturday, she won the Macon County Invitational,” Gattis recalled. “As the year progressed, her father, Mark Voyles, began talking to me about co-oping with Macon County High School,” he said.
“No other School Board near White County was willing to let her run for their school, and I knew she was an awesome athlete. He did not have to ask me twice,” Gattis declared.