Names Released of the Two People Found Dead in River Watch Community House Fire

September 19, 2023
By: Dwayne Page

The names of the two people found dead in a house fire last week in the River Watch Community of DeKalb County have now been identified.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, the State Medical Examiner has identified the deceased as 33-year-old Kristin Kerrigan of Nashville and 34-year-old William Waynick of Franklin

The residence is owned by the Waynick family.

The address of the property, previously reported as 566 River Watch Trace, is actually 110 Mountain Harbour Drive Sparta (DeKalb Co)

Cause of the fire remains undetermined as the investigation continues.

Information on any plans for Kerrigan’s memorial were not immediately available.

William Thomas Waynick, II, age 34, passed away on September 13, 2023. Will was born on May 10, 1989 to Roger and Nancy Waynick. He was the second of their four children, their eldest son. Will was a naturally gifted athlete and excelled at baseball, football, and track. Will was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was stationed at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida and served aboard the USS Gettysburg. Will was an avid hiker and loved the outdoors, which he enjoyed during his years spent in Maine and Colorado. He returned to Tennessee last year and went to work for Tennessee State Parks at Montgomery Bell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roger Waynick, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Helen Malone and Jerry Malone; and paternal grandparents, June and Bill Waynick. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Waynick; siblings, Elizabeth (Eric) Pike, Roger Waynick, Jr., and Katie Waynick; niece, Annie Pike; aunt and uncle, Hope and Scott Stawski; and cousin, Henry Stawski.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 18 at Brentwood United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Visitation with the family begins at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Will’s memory to Home Street Home TN via Venmo @homestreethome or 413 Rockwood Drive, Hermitage, TN 37076.

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