CHIPLEY - Washington and Bay County communities are rallying support for the family of two-year-old Aarion Jasiyah James McLeroy, who passed away Tuesday at Gulf Coast Medical Center after being rushed to the hospital from his Panama City home.
Circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear.
His parents, Sarah Eck of Panama City and Joseph McLeroy of Chipley, held funeral services Friday at Turning Point Church in Chipley.
Aarion is remembered as a "very sweet and loving young boy with the biggest, [most] beautiful eyes."
"He was a very sweet and loving young boy with the biggest beautiful eyes," reads Aarion's obituary. "Everyone that came in contact with him loved him. He was very independent and loved watching his favorite shows, SpongeBob, Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse, as well as playing his favorite game chase."
"He also loved riding with his father on dirt bikes, going to the park, playing with his Dad’s hats, and sharing ice cream with him after all the fun. He was such a handsome little boy that he was often mistaken as a girl. His loving smile will be truly missed."
Donations to help offset funeral expenses can be mailed directly to Obert Funeral Home at 1556 Brickyard Road, Chipley, Florida, 32428.
Donations made also be made by calling 850-638-2122 or via GoFundMe at: gofundme.com/yghny-taken-too-soon.
As of press time Friday, the GoFundMe account had raised $225 of the $3,500 goal.
In addition to his parents, Aarion is survived by his paternal grandmother, Priscilla Ann McLeroy of Chipley; maternal grandmother, Jessica Downey of Panama City; maternal grandfather, and Gary Lee Eck of Panama City.