Funeral services set for Mid-State H.S. student, athlete - WKRN News 2

Funeral services set for Mid-State H.S. student, athlete

Posted: Updated: June 13, 2012 04:30 PM
Jaelin Davis was a member of Lebanon High School's basketball and football teams. Jaelin Davis was a member of Lebanon High School's basketball and football teams.
Demetria Davis called her son a 'peacemaker' and a 'good child.' Demetria Davis called her son a 'peacemaker' and a 'good child.'
Around 300 people gathered for an impromptu prayer service Tuesday night. Around 300 people gathered for an impromptu prayer service Tuesday night.
Jaelin Davis (right) with cousin Taye Davis (left) Jaelin Davis (right) with cousin Taye Davis (left)
LEBANON, Tenn. -

Funeral services have been set following the loss of a Lebanon High School student and athlete.

Sixteen-year-old Jaelin Davis died in his sleep and was discovered by family members in his bed on Tuesday morning.

According to the Wilson Post, funeral services for Jaelin have been set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at the old Lebanon High School Gymnasium on Harding Drive. The receiving line will run from 10 to 11 a.m.

Nashville's News 2 spoke to Jaelin's mother, Demetria on Wednesday who called her son a "good child" and "peacemaker."

"He touched a lot of lives," she said about her son who was on both Lebanon High School's football and basketball teams. "He was the one who kept everyone together, he was a peacemaker. He was a good child."

She added, "His assignment has ended, but he's gone up in heaven to do more work for the Lord."   

Family, friends and coaches told Nashville's News 2 that six foot, two inch Jaelin was likely to start this year as a pass receiver on Lebanon's football team, but they all said the young man was much more than a budding athlete.

Cousin Taye Davis called Jaelin his brother because they had been inseparable since birth.

"It's such a big lose because everything I did, I did with him, so stuff just is not going to be the same," Taye said.  

As word passed in the Lebanon community Tuesday about Jaelin's sudden death, at least 300 people, many of them fellow students, gathered in the high school auditorium for an impromptu prayer service and remembrance.

"That was testimony to the kind of young man that he was because he touched so many people's lives and it was not just athletes, it was everyday students," said Lebanon head football coach Troy Crane.

"He will be so sorely missed," added the coach.

Jaelin's cause of death was not immediately known, but Lebanon police have said there is no indication of foul play.

A preliminary autopsy report is expected to be released in upcoming days, but a final determination of the cause of death could take months.

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