Exactly one week ago, little Logan Reynolds lost his nearly year-long battle with a rare brain tumor. While many in Lewisburg are still trying to come to terms with the 7-year-old's death, neighbors are helping his friends and schoolmates understand their loss.
"Heaven is so amazing, it's more beautiful than anything here on earth," Sunday school teacher Melissa Hyde read to the class.
For the past month, students in Lakeview Baptist Church's Sunday school have been learning all about heaven.
"There's no anger, no sickness," Hyde continued.
The teachers wanted to prepare the children for the day the congregation prayed wouldn't come but did - Logan's death. The second-grader passed away last Sunday surrounded by family, friends and his faith. Hundreds turned out for his funeral service Thursday, all except his schoolmates.
"None of them attended Logan's funeral service because we didn't want them to see him in a coffin or being buried. We wanted them to have the visual of him in heaven," Hyde explained.
So Sunday, his teachers held a special service just the kids, opening with a reading of the book Heaven is for Real. Afterwards, the kids wrote little messages for Logan, tied them to green balloons then released them.
The ceremony was bittersweet for Logan's uncle, Jeremy Reynolds.
"I think it brought a smile to his face to see all these kids honoring him and want to pay tribute to him," Jeremy Reynolds said.
"I might have been Logan's Sunday school teacher, but he taught me more in the last year about faith than anyone ever could," another teacher, Brenda Phifer, recalled.
Logan was a little boy, Phifer added, whose faith continues to light the community's way through a dark period.
Before he died, Logan was invited to be the Grand Marshal in Petersburg's Christmas parade. On Saturday, his family went in his place to raise awareness about childhood cancer.
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