Community Celebrates Trey Erwin at Funeral
(Germantown, TN) – It’s amazing how the life of a 15-year-old football player from Collierville can inspire an entire town.
“Trey changed this community,” said Mason Manguno, one of Trey’s friends,“ just from being diagnosed with cancer.”
Trey’s faith and courage in battling pancreatic cancer drew people from all across the country to pray for him as he fought for his life.
“I wouldn’t expect him to be the one who had cancer because he was so innocent,” said Manguno. “He’s just such a great kid. He didn’t seem like he deserved it, but yet God still used him through it.”
Trey Erwin’s family and friends packed into Germantown Baptist Church Saturday, wearing bright colors and glow sticks, doing more than just grieving his death.
“It was a celebration of Trey’s life because he preached his funeral when he was living,” said Daniel “Roscoe” Black.
New Collierville football teams were unveiled at the service, each bearing the number 13 for Trey.
Each game, a different captain, who displays certain leadership characteristics, will wear 13 as their team number.
Trey’s parents, Lisa and Jay, want their son to be remembered not as a boy with cancer, but rather a young man who loved Jesus.
Though Trey’s days were numbered, he lived his life like it would never end, but then again, many believe his life is truly just beginning.
“We celebrate that he is up there with the Lord. He’s pain free,” said Manguno. “He’s walking and he’s not having tests and everything done. I mean, he’s being himself.”
The Erwin’s say they appreciate all of the love and support people have given them during this very difficult time.
Any memorial donations can be given to the Friends of the Erwin Family fund at Bank Tennessee. You can also give to Germantown Baptist Church, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or West Clinic.