The Navarre community gathered Sunday evening with students and teachers of Holley-Navarre Middle School to comfort each other after the loss of a beloved daughter, sister, mother, friend and teacher, Sharon Aydelott.
Sharon was remembered by fellow teachers and students as well as her sisters, Pam Hill and Patricia Hawkins. Alicia Pettus, Youth minister and Elder at Navarre’s New Life Deliverance Temple Church began by reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 from Sharon’s Bible.
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Sharon’s sisters encouraged the students by telling them how proud their sister was of them and how much she loved each and every student. Fellow teachers shared incidents depicting Sharon’s sense of humor and her love for her students.
Sharon’s sisters asked for prayer for Brandon and said that they were working on forgiveness, and that Brandon was in God’s hands now. Brandon Aydelott was arrested and later confessed to the murder of his mother, Sharon Aydelott, on Christmas Eve.
The evening ended with a powerful prayer and words of encouragement from Alicia Pettus encouraging the students to speak to their youth pastors and to be strong for each other and fellow students that weren’t able to come to the memorial.
The funeral for Sharon Aydelott is at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3 at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola.