In tribute: High school junior remembered for aspirations

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer

Cory Holcomb had plans. He wanted to be an expert in automotive mechanics. He enjoyed heavy metal music and wanted to start a band. He aspired to be a professional body builder.

Holcomb, a junior at Clovis High School, died Dec. 28 in a two-vehicle accident at a county intersection. The occupants in the other vehicle were treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital.

Friend Corey Lewter, 18, said he and Holcomb were going to start a band.

“He liked to play guitar, I like drums. … We made a perfect team,” Lewter said.

The car Holcomb drove that day, an older-model Nissan, was a new purchase and embodied Holcomb’s passion for cars.

Lewter said he and Holcomb talked about going to college to study automotive mechanics.

Holcomb loved to body build. He lifted weights on a $300 bench he recently set up in his bedroom, Lewter said.

“He was getting big. He’d worked out every day, at home and at school,” Lewter said.

For laughs, Holcomb would impersonate famous Hollywood body builders, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

“We called him the Governator. He’d impersonate Rocky and Arnold,” Lewter said.

Holcomb started attending Faith Christian Family Church over one year ago, after a girl he was dating invited him to go, the Rev. Rick Burke said.

“What I liked about Cory was he was a guy that was real accepting about everyone around him. He had a gentle spirit about him. He was an easy guy to like,” Burke said.

Lewter said Holcomb was a member of their skateboarding club.

“We’d skateboard at Yucca (Junior High). If he (Holcomb) didn’t land a trick, he’d get mad and throw his board. He broke a few boards,” Lewter said with a laugh.

Before Holcomb died, he was pumped to go see his favorite band, Seven Fold, Jan. 20 in Lubbock with his circle of friends, Lewter said.

“Now we’re all going to the concert and dedicating it to Cory,” Lewter said.

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