Friends and family remember Clark County teen who died from meningitis

WINCHESTER, Ky (WKYT) - Family and friends of a Clark County teen who died after a battle with meningitis say they have happy memories of the time they had with him.

"Whenever we think Cole we think laughter, he was always trying to make people laugh," said Emily Rogers, Cole Hon's cousin.

That laughter is a common theme when talking to Hon's family.

"Always the life of the party, never met a stranger, always could make anybody laugh," said David Bush, Hon's uncle. "I think he took that as a challenge."

Hon died Tuesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after contracting meningitis.

He was a sophomore at George Rogers Clark High School and played on the soccer team with his older brother, Alex.

"He was just a spark on the field, there was nothing about him that was dull," said his teammate Logan Blankenship.

The 15-year-old had played soccer since he was four.

"It just won't be the same playing without Cole on the field," said Arron Paynter.

Though Cole's time on Earth was shorter than they would have liked his relatives say he taught them a valuable lesson by the way he lived those 15 years.

"If there's anything that anybody can take from this I hope that they will live life to its fullest because we don't know when our time is," Bush said.

The form of meningitis that Hon had was not contagious.

His family has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral and medical expenses.

"We're flowers in God's garden and God tends to us and sees to all of our needs and when it's time to go and be in his presence he picks that flower," Bush said.

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