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Schoolmates, neighbors will remember Paxon

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — Incoming second-grader Paxon Jordan planned a trip to Kreme Delite this summer to get free ice cream from owner Jimmy Greenhaw for completing the accelerated reading program at Cowart Elementary.

That's a treat the 7-year-old will never eat.

He died Thursday night when his dog, Gus, knocked over a launch tube and the firework inside struck Paxon in the chest, causing his heart to stop beating.

Paxon's principal, Janet Poole, said Paxon was the typical feisty redhead.

"I told his mother (Beth) that his life was short, but he lived every second of it at full speed," Poole said. "Paxon never worried. He had fun."

Poole said Paxon played baseball and hockey.

His favorite number was No. 3, for Huntsville Havoc hockey player Jason deGuehery. This summer Paxon was playing in a 10-year-olds hockey league to fill in for a missing player.

Poole said Paxon loved academics as well, and loved to read and do research online.

"For peer tutoring, everyone wanted Paxon to tutor them, and students wanted Paxon in their research group," Poole said. "He had friends in all age groups. He was a special boy."

His neighbors in West Gate Subdivision are tying ribbons in the Havoc's team colors, red and black, on their mailboxes this weekend, Poole said.

The family appreciates the community's support, she said.

"They have found out what a special town Athens is," Poole said. "They said Marty Bruce (police captain) stayed with them at the hospital, that people are rallying around them, and they appreciate all the prayers."

The community knows the special boy it has lost, Poole said.

"Paxon was the kind of boy who insisted on going to his kindergarten teacher's wedding in Decatur. He was so adored and will be so missed."

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