Photo Courtesy: Sherry McCallister

By: Ashley Bishop | Posted: July 8, 2018 | Source: WCHSTV

Community holds event for drowning victim. (WCHS/WVAH)

Hundreds of people came out to Clendenin Main Street on Sunday for the Cody McCallister Spaghetti Dinner Benefit.

17-year old Cody McCallister drowned on Thursday while swimming in the Elk River with some friends. This dinner is the second event that was held to help the family with funeral expenses.

“I can’t imagine the pain that a parent feels in having to bury their child, it’s the worse thing I can think of as a parent,” said benefit participant, Tony Brown of Hurricane.

In the first hour, nearly 100 people were served pasta, salad, and dessert. Dee Miller of Walton came out with her grandchildren and husband. She says she knows the feelings the McCallister’s are going through as she lost her nephew the same way.

“I have had family that has drowned before, and I really feel bad for the family, it hits close to home,” said Miller.

The Spaghetti Dinner Benefit went in the works just hours after Cody died. It was held a Momma Payne’s Diner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers said…