Friends and loved ones of Silas Edenfield focused on how he lived in his four brief years instead of the cancer that claimed him so young.
Pastors recalled, despite a rare form of cancer, Silas always kept positive outlook. They credited that to a Christian faith shared to him by his parents.
"He seemed to always have a smile on his face whenever possible," recalled hospice worker Jalayne Coleman after the funeral. "I often work with the elderly and some of them are afraid of death. This little boy had no fear. He was eager to be with the Lord."
One of the people Silas befriended was Nick Eason, a Toombs County native and current NFL player for the Arizona Cardinal. Eason became a fixture in the Edenfield house, spending time with Silas and his three brothers.
"He talked about his love for Christ and he talked about wanting to see Heaven," Eason said Friday. "To be on your death bed and be able to talk that way is something some adults can't do."
Silas shared that faith beyond just the people who came to see him. His parents set up a Facebook page "Praying for Silas" that amassed 50,000 followers. On it, the family shared their thoughts on the various developments in his condition. The page includes hundreds of posts of encouragement and testimonials how the family's displayed faith had impacted readers.
Many of the posts are dedicated to Silas' statements, equally funny and profound.Silas would have turned five next week. Coleman said he questioned her and other nurses on whether there would be birthday cake in Heaven if he didn't reach the date.
"We assured him there is," she said.
Silas also brought attention to the fight against childhood cancer, often symbolized with gold ribbons. At Silas' suggestion, thousands of people displayed bows or painted their fingernails gold and posted the pictures on Facebook from around the country and beyond.
He also loved sea turtles and adopted them as his mascot. Georgia's sea turtle rescue center invited him for a visit earlier this year and released a sea turtle into the ocean with a tracking device. That turtle was named Silas.
"He did what I've only dreamed of doing," Eason said Friday. "He made us one people. This four year old boy brought our community together."
In lieu of memorials or gifts, The Edenfields encouraged people to support three organizations related to Silas' three priorities:
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