Coleton Comes Home
Community Celebrates Return Of Coleton Parsley After 5-Month Recovery Process
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Family, friends, and community members lined both sides of the road at the Chalybeate Sports Complex on Sunday, June 3, 2018 as they cheered for local hero, Coleton Parsley, as he rode in the front seat of a Chalybeate fire truck in his return home celebration after a grueling five-month stay in hospitals and rehab centers as a result of a devastating sledding accident in January.
Hundreds of people gathered in Coleton's honor at the park to celebrate his return home. There were bouncy houses, music, food, hugs, prayers, and tears of joy as what once looked like certain doom had now been changed to celebration.
Coleton's father, Brian Parsley addressed the crowd shortly after they arrived in the parade, which was made up of local emergency vehicles.
"There's no way Heather and I could ever say thank you enough to everyone that's supported us. It goes beyond words because 'thank you' is not enough," he said as his voice wavered. "It's been the most humbling situation to see this community, churches, and so many people far and near come together on Coleton's behalf. We're all grateful. Most of all, we want to say we're thankful for the prayers. We know that's what's got us and Coleton to where he's at. That's why his shirt says Proof that God answers prayers."
He then asked his brother in law, Bro. Joseph Wyatt, an area minister, to come forward and lead the crowd in prayer before food was served.
Before Bro. Wyatt led the prayer, he shared an inspiring story that helped him and other family members to remain faithful during the long recovery process.
"Back when Coleton was at one of his worst spots after God had answered my prayer and let me know he was going to make it, one morning I was sitting at the breakfast table and the Lord let me see in a vision," he said with tears in his eyes. "All I could see was a sign that said 'Welcome Home Coleton.'
He said his wife came in the room and asked him what was wrong, as she could see a different look on his face.
"I said there was going to come a day when there's going to be sign hung somewhere that says 'Welcome Home Coleton' and you'll see a lot of people there. So I'm thankful I got to be a part of this day and for what God has done."
He then asked all of Coleton's family members in attendance to join him in prayer as they all bowed together. Bro. Wyatt then led a very heartfelt prayer that moved many members of the crowd.
Coleton was presented his own custom fire helmet as he was named an honorary member of the Chalybeate Fire Department. He was also issued his own official unit number, 661.
Coleton sustained life threatening injuries when he struck a utility pole after being thrown from a sled on a family farm on January 13, 2018. His family immediately reached out everywhere for everyone to pray for Coleton. Over the course of five months and stays in Nashville and Atlanta hospitals and recovery facilities, his condition began to slowly improve and the family finally made their way back to Edmonson County last week.
Coleton will still undergo therapy three days a week, but is expected to make a full recovery. His mother, Heather, plans to return to work this month at Brownsville's A+ Family Healthcare Clinic after a lengthy leave of absence during Coleton's recovery.
Coleton was all smiles as he enjoyed the rest of the afternoon's celebration with his family, friends, and community.
6/4/2018 11:31:05 am
I have followed this whole ordeal of his accident through his battle of fighting a recovery that seemed very dim...I had faith through God he would pull out of this darkness. I prayed Colton for healing and strength, and for his dear family of faith.
6/4/2018 03:13:42 pm
Prayers have reached heaven for Colton and his return shows that God hears and answers prayer. Thank you Lord for your blessings on this family. !
6/4/2018 05:00:36 pm
So glad to finally see what God has done for Coleton and your all’s family. I’ve followed his story like others have. So glad all is home and safe and what a gracious and precious impact this little boy and his family has had over all of us. This goes to show you how our God works. I have a Colton and same age. Bless you all.
6/4/2018 05:45:12 pm
So happy for this family. God does answer prayer.
6/4/2018 08:37:06 pm
Bless you! So proud of you! I meet you at the Braves vs Yankees game! I was with Sonny Gray’s Mom and Grandmother. You’re an angel!!👍🏻😇😊
Juanita R Tanner
6/4/2018 09:15:35 pm
I have been praying for Coleton. I am so thankful that he is home and doing well.
Judy Reed Elmore
6/4/2018 09:17:21 pm
Thankfully God does answer prayers! We will still pray forColeton! Welcome back to your home!
Mary Ann Lockhart
6/4/2018 09:28:13 pm
Praise God for answered prayers and yes I believe with all my heart that Coleton is living proof of what our Heavenly Father can do. Thank you Lord for your healing of this child. Maybe by seeing this miracle that you have performed someone that doesn't know you will come to be your child. Still praying for a complete recovery.
6/4/2018 09:57:08 pm
We serve a good good god and I know he brought this young man where he is today ! So glad to see him smile and be so happy ! May god continue healing Coleton ❤️️🙏🏻💙
6/5/2018 07:07:46 am
To Coleton and family, i am from Joplin, MO, i sat and cried when I read this. Coleton, you are an inspiration in so many lives. God has a PLAN for you, and always remember GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME! We never know why, but we have the faith. Keep up the good work, and enjoy your summer. To Mom and Dad, I can't imagine what the ups and downs u have had, but your faith has brought u thru this. We had a boy, the age of Coleton hit in head by a fly ball and got to come home after 3 months. Prayers are amazing. Again, God Bless you and keep intouch. I would love to continue to follow him. My facebook is Judy Miller Spurgeon, I was born and raised in Kentucky, but live in Missouri. God Bless
6/5/2018 04:11:03 pm
I have kept up with Coletons progress from the beginning. Prayers is the key to a miraculous healing and I believe this was one. Praise the Lord he looks great and I’m sure his therapy will continue to bring total recovery.
6/6/2018 07:20:44 pm
I am so glad that Coleton got to come home. I have followed his story from the beginning and shared everything I saw to a lot of ppl that was just waiting for any news. I’m sure this reached far and near and lots of prayers went out. This touched my heart that this little guy was in such a bad condition. But, once I read he had been saved, my heart was thrilled for him and his family. I am so glad that God saved his soul and now prayers were answered. God bless your family and keep healing Coleton. God is good. ❤️❤️❤️, Love from the Manion’s from Oak Grove Church in Grayson Co.
6/9/2018 12:10:00 pm
I have followed Coleton and prayed for him along his journey. My daughter and grandchildren went sledding the same day of his accident . I was so thankful mine had arrived home safely , followed by the news of Coleton, my heart broke for him and his family . But God answered prayer!!!! He is so good!!!!
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