Mourners say goodbye to Leslie County teen who died of cancer

HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - Folks in Leslie County said their final goodbyes Thursday to a football player who many say left his mark on the community. Earlier this week the teen lost his battle with cancer.

People at the funeral said 18-year-old Jordon Melton's fight with cancer continues to inspire, and his memory will live on for years to come.

Friends and family remember Jordon Melton as a humble and gracious young man.

"Nobody has had anything to say about Jordon except for praise and just encouraging words," said Jamie Couch, director of missions at Great Commission Outreach Church in Berea.

Hundreds gathered Thursday to pay their last respects. Leslie County football players wore purple ribbons in remembrance of their fallen teammate. The team's coach said they were there to support the family.

"You know it's trying on us, but you know for them it has to be extremely hard and you know we're here to show our love and support to them and let them know we're here for them," said coach Eddie Melton (no relation).

Jordan died Sunday of clear cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Those who knew him say he faced his illness with bravery and faith.

Jordon's pastor says the family is handling the loss as well as could be expected and they take solace knowing that Jordon is in a better place.

"A Christian never dies; he only changes uniforms," said Couch. "So today Jordan changed from a Leslie County Eagle uniform to God's, to being in the presence of God."

The pastor says Jordon's story and life of faith continue to be an inspiration to the entire community.

He says area churches recently held a fundraiser at the high school to benefit Jordan's family, and they raised more than $11,000.

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