- Last Updated on 04:25 PM 02/17/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Trevant Coleman, an inspirational fourth grader at South Boston Elementary School who touched this community and other surrounding areas, lost his battle with brain cancer Saturday.
The 9-year-old died at Halifax Regional Hospital with his mother by his side.
The young cancer victim captured the heart of many as he valiantly waged his fight over the past year after being diagnosed March 26 with an inoperable tumor on his brain stem.
The cancer was found after his mother, Adrean, noticed Trevant having weakness on the left side of his body.
The youngster’s strong faith in God drew people together in the community, his school and area church families to rally on his behalf as he fought.
Last month local Ladies In Red organized a benefit for the Coleman family sponsored by Good Shepherd Outreach Mission Church.
The program included performances by the Rock of Salvation Praise Dancers, Spanish Grove Baptist Church Choir and Abiding Branch Praise Dancers, Cord Cole, Nat Buster and others.
Making the event especially memorable were presentations by Sheriff Fred Clark and the South Boston Fire Department who made Coleman an honorary deputy of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and an honorary firefighter.
Employees of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative also presented Trevant with a certificate and a hard hat making him an honorary lineman.
When first diagnosed with brain cancer, Trevant took the news of his illness very well, his mother said last month. His faith in God helped get him through, she added.
Prayer is what his mom said helped her deal with her son’s illness.
In addition to his mother, Trevant is survived by three siblings, 3-year-old Kendra, 4-year-old Kierra and 6-year-old Darius.
Through it all, Trevant’s mother said the ordeal has really brought her family closer together, and they have given her much support during this trying time.
While her family has been a big help, Coleman said she also is very grateful for the support she has received from people in the community, school system, her church, the New St. Luke, and other local churches.
A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Virgilina with a wake being held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Jeffress Funeral Home in South Boston, according to Trevant’s uncle, Alonzo Coleman.