Stokes teen dies in accident

By Amanda Dodson -


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A West Stokes High School alum was killed in an accident at Campbell University.

Ezra Goldbach, a graduate of West Stokes and freshman at Campbell University, died after officials said the 18-year-old fell from a third-floor dorm window on campus Thursday night around 9:30 p.m.

Goldback was part of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and studying in the Professional Golf Management program.

His former golf coach at West Stokes, Jeff Robertson received a call hours after the accident.

“I was just in shock,” he said. “It’s hard to believe. My heart goes out to the family.”

Robertson coached Goldbach throughout his four years in high school and said days earlier he’d texted the teen to see when he’d be back in town so the two could play a round of golf together.

“I told him I still had his all-conference certificate from back in the spring and I wanted to make sure I gave it to him,” Robertson said.

The coach described Goldbach as a kind, laidback young man who went out of his way to work with younger players.

“He was a student of the game. When he first came in as a freshman, he had blonde, white hair and I called him Cotton Top. He just smiled. He was a great kid and a great player. He’s going to be missed.”

West Stokes athletic director Chris Manley said the loss had impacted many at the high school.

“He was an unbelievably great kid and an asset to our athletic program. He was also a heck of a golfer. He comes from a great family and our entire West Stokes community is deeply saddened. Our condolences and prayers go out to the family.”

Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

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