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Friends remember teen who died in car wreck

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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - A day after a Bainbridge High School graduate died in a single car crash, close friends and mentors of 18-year old Dylan Faircloth spoke with WALB.

Faircloth was returning from a church trip in Pine Mountain Georgia when he crashed his car on US 27 in Clay County.

Dylan's friends, family, and teammates got together at his home Sunday and they spoke about what they'll remember most about him.

"He's unique. Dylan loves God. He was a fantastic writer, poet and a phenomenal runner," his friend's said.

When Josh Dykes heard his good friend was in a bad car accident Friday afternoon, he immediately started praying. He knew Dylan would do the same.

Dylan's mom says he was a strong leader in church. His Christian leadership surged through everything he did including Cross Country, playing bass guitar in his church praise band, and advancing his quiz bowl team to it's very first high school national tournament.

"Dylan was my first team and I will coach many others but he was my first one," said his Quizbowl coach, Mitch Alday.

Most of all his friends recall his wittiness. They say it just wasn't funny unless Dylan said it.

"He would just take humor and make their grief go away," said his Cross County Coach," Mandi O'Mara.

"He would do announcements occasionally and I would always hold my breath to see what quote he would give us for the day," said Bainbridge High School Principal, Tommie Howell. "The whole Bainbridge High School family will miss Dylan terribly."

"Dylan was always the greatest man to be manly. That's what he always said about himself,"  said his praise team member, Kelly Brooks.

Everyone who knew Dylan says his strongest characteristic is his faith. Dylan's family says he  was an organ donor and even though he may not be here today, he's still affecting the lives of many who are able to live. That was important to him.

Dylan Faircloth's family and friends held a celebration of life for him Sunday night at Fellowship Baptist Church in Brinson. They say he would have wanted them to remember his lively personality and love for music.

The visitation will be Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m at Ivey funeral Home in Bainbridge. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church in Brinson.

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