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14-year-old drowning victim remembered as smart, athletic and caring

(Source: Serenity Stradford) (Source: Serenity Stradford)
(Source: Serenity Stradford) (Source: Serenity Stradford)

GREAT FALLS, SC (WIS) - The family of 14-year-old Jeramie Coleman gathered at their Great Falls home Sunday afternoon to remember the boy who they affectionately called the "man of the house."

Jeramie was an all-around caring teen, who loved his family and would cook many of their meals.

The basketball and football player, who just turned 14, was hanging out with his family at Lake Wateree Friday when he swam out too far and became tired.

Jeramie struggled and went under when some bystanders tried to save him but couldn't, Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said.

Jeramie's body was recovered an hour later by the Fairfield County Dive Team, Ramsey said.

"He was a good dude," said 17-year-old Kendrick Cohen, Jeramie's brother. "He was a kind hearted, free spirited person. He was always there for me. He was like my little side kick. Everywhere I went, he was there and it just hurts so bad to see him gone."

Jeramie took on a fatherly role after his father died.

"He was a good brother," said Jeramie's 12-year-old sister, Channing. "He was smart, athletic, Christian. After my daddy passed, he stepped up and became a father."

Jeramie's eight brothers and sisters are still grappling with the fact that he's no longer here.

"We're sad every once in a while when we think about it," Channing said.

For now, they're left trying to find support in each other.

"We just going to be as one, not let anybody bring us down," Cohen said. "We are going to be a family."

Funeral services for Jeramie are scheduled for Wednesday at First Baptist church in Great Falls at 4 p.m.

Visitation hours will be at Washington Funeral Home on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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