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A valiant fight

You couldn’t help but love him.

That ear-to-ear grin made even those who didn’t know the precocious 9-year-old want to just reach out and give him a hug.

South Boston Elementary School fourth grader Trevant Coleman died Saturday at Halifax Regional Hospital with his mother by his side.

Suffering an inoperable tumor on his brain stem, Trevant fought a valiant fight over the past year touching the lives of many in this community and surrounding areas.

We admired Trevant’s courage and fortitude as he fought for his life despite the great odds of which he was all too well aware.

Several weeks ago, he put his best face and foot forward when the Ladies In Red hosted a benefit on his behalf. Visitors flocked to his hospital bedside bestowing titles of honorary firefighter, deputy sheriff and power company lineman on the little fella.

But as cancer ravaged his body’s strength, the young man — wise for his nine years on this earth — told his mom, Adrean, he was ready to go with God.

And that’s where the 9-year-old is today, free from pain, IVs, oxygen tubes and medicine, thanks to his strong faith that captured the attention of multitudes.

We will always remember that smiling face and friendly wave.

Rest in peace Trevant. You were an inspiration to all who knew you.