|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 2001|
|Death: ||Apr. 20, 2010|
From The Huntsville Times:
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Shane Malone was a typical 8-year-old boy who loved sports, claimed Spider-Man was his hero and wanted to grow up to be a police officer.
"He was impressed by them," Shane's dad, Darren Malone, said about his son's affection for police.
But the Central School third-grader's life was taken too early when he was killed in a lawnmower accident Tuesday while his father was mowing a neighbor's yard. While following the ambulance to the hospital, Shane's family was involved in a wreck, hitting a telephone pole along U.S. 72 at the intersection near Dug Hill Road.
Shane's father wasn't injured, but his mother, Gina, was in surgical intensive care late Wednesday in fair condition. Shane's brother, J.D., and a family friend in the car received minor injuries.
On Wednesday, Darren Malone was at home briefly to clean up before heading back to the hospital. He worried about his wife in the hospital while grieving for the loss of his son, often found by his side.
"They were sort of a Mutt and Jeff," said family friend Kirk Minor.
Shane was the youngest of four children and had a close relationship with his family, especially his dad.
Shane was the mediator of the family, often making sure everything was fair and everyone was happy, said Darren Malone, who is a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Buckhorn High School.
Even after Shane's older sister, Christina, moved to Tuscaloosa for college, Shane always made sure his parents bought her favorites at the grocery store.
"He was always concerned about his sister," Darren Malone said.
Shane was a baseball player, a soccer player, a basketball player and a wrestler.
"He was a heck of a goalie," Minor said.
As a Boy Scout, Shane and his dad often went camping, one of Shane's favorite activities.
"He was a big fan of it," Darren Malone said. "He was outgoing and was always ready for whatever came his way. He was fun all the time."
He always made younger kids laugh and loved acting goofy, Darren Malone said. He loved Pop Tarts, just like his older brother, and his favorite thing to do was catch crawfish in a spring behind Mary's Pit Barbecue in Gurley, his dad said.
Central School principal Alex Hughes said extra counselors were on hand Wednesday to talk to students who knew Shane or had questions about the accident. Shane's 10-year-old sister, Adena, stayed home from school Wednesday.
A vigil will be held at Central School tonight at 7:30.
Madison County Schools released a public statement offering condolences to the family. No funeral arrangements have been made for Shane.
Friends of the family have set up a fund at BB&T Bank branches in the Malone name to help with medical expenses and funeral costs.
Shane Aaron Malone of Gurley passed away April 20. He was 8.
Shane was a student a Central Elementary School.
He is survived by his parents, Darren and Gina Malone; sisters, Christina Renee Malone and Adena Lynn Malone; brother, John D. Malone; grandparents, Robert and Jane McKelvey; grandmother, Sherry Deaton; and great-grandfather, Milton C. Malone.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Jackson Way Baptist Church. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with Pastor Mike Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Pleas Mount Cemetery with Berryhill Funeral Home directing.
Pleas Mount Cemetery
Created by: Erica Green
Record added: Apr 25, 2010
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