Lauderdale County, Miss.
Clarkdale students and staff packed the gym wearing camo to some of Dylan Mabry's favorite songs, Country of course, for someone who his closest friends and Clarkdale Faculty members labeled as a "good ole country boy." Tuesday morning's service served as a celebration of a life many say was taken too soon.
Friend and classmate Tanner Strickland says, "A lot of us have had class periods with him. In my 7th period class, Dylan and I would always try to sneak out of class to come down to shop, and now I have to do it on my own. 'Little Bit' was an outdoorsman. If it was outside, he wanted to do it. He loved camouflage, to hunt and to fish. He's probably wear camouflage to church if he could."
Mabry's cousin, Dalton Riley, remembers fun times growing up with him and says, "When we were small, we'd act like we wanted to be on America's Funniest Home Videos, and we'd do some stupid things, and he was like a brother to me, and he's good," while fellow classmate Shaun Bickford says, "He loved camo. He loved his boots and hats too.
Some of his closest friends shared several stories about their time with Dylan, while Middle School Principal Dr. McNeill spoke about the grieving and healing process. Mabry's friends and classmates have memorialized his legacy in a number of ways, including a garden at the school, and tattoos of a picture he drew the last night he was alive.
Fellow FFA member Brad Burcham says, "This was going to be our break area, and Dylan had started working on tables for the break area, and we just thought it's be a good memorial for him."
The group released balloons from the football field to conclude their service.