As the community mourns the loss of 8-year-old Nathan Braddy, friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help his mother, Sayrah Greeson, with funeral and burial expenses.
According to the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, deputy sheriff’s responded Sunday, April 16, around 7:30 p.m. to an emergency call to a poultry farm on Old Boone Ford Road near Sonoraville, in response to an accident involving an ATV and Braddy.
Braddy’s grandmother, Laura Worley, said that the boy was driving his Gator ATV around the farm. “He was driving it by himself; being a boy in the front yard. Somehow, it tipped.”
Braddy was removed from the scene by Gordon EMS and rescue personnel. He was transported to Gordon Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Nathan was an absolute joy,” said Worley of the Fairmount Elementary second grader. “He had a heart of gold; he never met a stranger. He had to hug and love on everybody that he met. He was a clown. He loved to dance. He touched so many lives.”
“His most favorite thing is Legos,” said Worley. “He loves the Batman Legos and he loved video games. Some of the kids in his class said he was the class clown, but he was a good clown.”
“He took care of everybody,” said Worley. “He was a guardian angel walking on Earth.”
The family is raising funds to supplement funeral costs and to give Nathan a custom headstone. “His mother wants to get him a Lego headstone,” said Worley. “I know that’s going to be quite expensive, but that’s what we want to use the money for.”
At press time, more than $1800 of the $5000 goal had been reached. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/funeral-for-nathan
The investigation into the accident is continuing by the Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Office. Sheriff Mitch Ralston said in a statement, “Our hearts go out to the family of this little boy in the wake of this tragedy. We can never put the sense of loss into words, but the family and friends he leaves behind are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Gordon County Schools released a statement Monday morning, saying “Gordon County Schools expresses its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this child. Fairmount Elementary will have additional counseling staff on hand over the coming days to assist students and staff in grieving this heartbreaking loss.”
Nathan is survived by his mom, Sayrah Greeson; his grandparents, Danny Greeson, Laura Worley, Randy and Lori McElrath, and Mitzi and Ricky Reed; his sister, Madison Johnson and other family member and friends. The funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Antioch Baptist Church. Nathan’s body will lie in state at the church on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the funeral at 2 p.m. Burial will follow the service at Haven of Rest Memorial Park.