11-year old Hayden Alexander will be laid to rest on Sunday. Alexander attended John Coleman Elementary School in Smyrna. Alexander died on Tuesday after a fall from a backyard tree house. The Rutherford County School System provided counseling services to students affected by his death on Wednesday at the school in Smyrna. Woodfin Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of arraignments.
A candlelight vigil will be held Friday night at John Coleman Elementary School in Smyrna at 5:30. The public is invited to attend.
According to a fundraising page set up to pay for funeral expenses:
"On February 18, young Hayden was playing in the backyard and fell from a treehouse. In a flash he was gone leaving a space we can never fill. Always energetic and excitable, Hayden had that childhood love and passion for football, for games, for Yu-Gi-Oh, for jokes and for all the things an eleven year old can get out of life. With such sweet innocence he looked up to his older brothers, Michael, Trent, Dalton, and Johnathan. His caring and compassion was guided by the strong women of his family, Selena Phillips, Karen Thompson, Donna Glenn, and Kristi Stringer."
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Service Information from Woodfin Chapel in Murfreesboro:
Funeral service will be 2:00pm Sunday February 23, 2014 at Woodfin Chapel Smyrna, with Bobby Goode officiating. Burial will follow in Mapleview Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Hayden is survived by his mother Selena Alexander, parent Karen Thompson both of Mt. Juliet; brothers, Michael Perryman, Trent McCay, Dalton Thompson, Jonathan Thompson all of Smyrna; Grandmother, Donna Glenn of Murfreesboro; Aunt, Kristi Stringer of Alabama; cousin, Anthony DePietro of Alabama; maternal Great Grandmother, Joyce Martin Breeding of Hartselle, AL; paternal Great Grandparents, I.C. “Shorty” and Elsie Stringer of Hartselle, AL; and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfather Chuck Stringer, and his two great-grandfathers, James Martin and Theron (Mr. T) Breeding.
Additional: WGNS was told that he is also survived by his father Larry Alexander and two half brothers Shawn and Charles Alexander of Murfreesboro.
Visitation will be 4:00pm until 8:00pm Saturday February 22,2014 at Woodfin Chapel Smyrna. Donations in memory of Hayden may be made on line HERE. On line condolence may be made to www.woodfinchapel.com (615) 459-3254.