Callaway, Fla. - Tonight, heavy hearts in the Callaway community, as residents remember the life of a young teenager. Nathan Todd, 13-years old, of Panama City was killed last Friday evening.
Nathan was highly involved in his church community. So tonight, not only is the community mourning his loss, but so is his church family.
The wreck happened Friday night around 11:30 P.M. on State Road 22 near Nelle Street. Nathan was taken to a Tallahassee hospital, where he died from critical injuries on Saturday.
"It's okay to grieve. You have a young man who, in my opinion was letting Christ shine through. And he was setting an example. Everyone who met him admired him, they loved him. And it didn't matter if they were 12 or 82," said Pastor Jessie Dasher, First Baptist Church of Callaway.
First Baptist Church of Callaway is where Nathan spent much of his time. From volunteering to youth groups, Nathan was a beloved member of his church. Besides being an active member at First Baptist, Nathan's favorite hobby was fishing.
"Nathan was a very ingenious boy. He was always looking for ways to help, at the same time he was saving money. He was very wise with his money but he bought himself a boat and a motor," explained Pastor Dasher.
Pastor Dasher says that if Nathan were still alive he would want his friends and family to celebrate and share their memories.
"If they knew Nathan personally, one of the best things I think to do is to bring up and remember something good that he did. It gives the family something else to remember about him," said Pastor Dasher.
Nathan also found joy in giving back to his community through his involvement in his church. A celebration of Nathan's life will be held tonight at First Baptist Church of Callaway.
The celebration of life began tonight at 6:00 p.m. Friends and family are also honoring Nathan tomorrow morning 8:40 at Everett Middle School with a prayer at the flag pole.