Sevierville family says goodbye to 12-year-old Regen Morris

Sevierville family says goodbye to 12-year-old Regen Morris

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Regen Morris lost his year-long battle with brain cancer on Christmas Day. Regen Morris lost his year-long battle with brain cancer on Christmas Day.
A receiving of friends and funeral were today at the First Baptist Church in Sevierville. A receiving of friends and funeral were today at the First Baptist Church in Sevierville.
In just 12 short years, Regen touched countless lives. In just 12 short years, Regen touched countless lives.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A Sevierville family is saying goodbye to 12-year-old Regen Morris.

Regen lost his year-long battle with brain cancer on Christmas Day. A receiving of friends and funeral were today at the First Baptist Church in Sevierville.

Thousands of people around the world kept track of his journey through his Facebook page, Rootin' for Regen.

Today, hundreds of people filled the church to say their final goodbyes. In just 12 short years, Regen touched countless lives.

"Regen did something that I know I couldn't have done or I don't know anyone else who could have done what he's done," Joy Maples, Regen's aunt, said.

Toward the end of his life, Regen wasn't able to talk, see or even move much, but Maples says today is about remembering what he did do.

"That little boy, without any of those capabilities, touched more people and made more changes for the world and anyone I have known in my lifetime. That is a testimony to the strength of Regen," Maples said.

She says Regen loved sports and learning, but most of all, serving others.

"Regen would walk in and start cleaning the kitchen or say 'What can I do to help?' He was always wanting to help, and always thinking of other people, to do something for them," Maples said.

Regen's loved ones say they are finding comfort through their faith in God and the support of people around the world.

"There's a lot of people here. I figured there would be. The family has a lot of support. A lot of people that didn't even know them that are here. It's sad, but joyful at the same time to know that he's in a better place. He's not in pain anymore," family friend Corie Jones said.

"When you look around the world and you don't see that many beautiful things all the time, we've seen quite a beautiful thing. It gives you hope that there really is good," Maples said.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking for memorial contributions to Preston Gentry. He went to school with Regen, and is now battling leukemia. More information can be found on his Facebook page, Praying for Preston.

 

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