"Tomorrow is promised to no one...and few people get second chances at life to fix mistakes..." Hayden Shrum entered these words in his caringbridge Journal on May 9, 2009, and one year later, on Wednesday evening of May 26, 2010, he departed this life.
He looked at his situation as a time to reflect and learn how to see, how to think, how to help, and in his own words, how to feel in ways he never knew before... Rejuvenated by the grace of God.
David Hayden Shrum attended school at Macon County. His high school baseball coaches spotted his talents early in his baseball career and the pitcher's mound was where this young man first began to shine.
As a member of the MCHS Baseball team, Hayden made his mark on the Tennessee Baseball Report State Record Book, pitching 284 strikeouts from the years of 2002-05; he also achieved the Tennessean's All-Midstate Team and the TSWA Team. After graduating Macon County High School in 2005, Hayden chose Vol-State for his next adventure, where he was able to also continue his love for the game.
He later transferred to Middle Tennessee State University and was named to the 2008 Dean's list for having a 3.5 GPA or higher. Hayden’s love for sports and writing led him to become to become a part-time summer sports writer here at the Macon County Chronicle, where he expressed a growing interested in journalism and photography.
Along with Hayden's love of baseball, he also had great desires to see the world. He ventured off into college, later traveling to Europe for a foreign exchange student program, giving him the opportunity to explore and learn about other cultures.
On May 4, 2009, Hayden received the biggest shock of his young life when he was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Hayden was born on November 17, 1986, the son Fellisha Deering Shrum and David Dewayne Shrum Shrum, and left this earth at the young age of 23. He is survived by his parents Fellisha and David, sisters Hunter and Halle, and brother Holden.
Hayden spent the last year living everyday to the fullest, and tried to enrich the quality of life, for everyone he met. Hayden made a deep impression on a lot of people before he became sick, yet during his time of trials this past year, he has engraved his memory, his strength, his courage, and his understanding of a better life, on the hearts of everyone, who now see that this is our time for a second chance at life.
Hayden is also survived by grandparents Harold & Paula Gregory, Bill & Bonnie Stone, fiance April Stone, step-grandmother June Shrum. He was preceeded in death by two grandfathers, the late Jerry Deering and the late J.T. Shrum.
Visitation for David Hayden Shrum was in the Alexander Funeral Home in Lafayette, Tennessee, with services being held in the MCHS Auditorium on May 30, 2010, and was conducted by Reverend Kenny Sullivan.
Hayden's friends served as pallbearers, carrying him to the Macon County Memorial Gardens in Lafayette, TN for his final resting place. Hayden Shrum will be forever missed by his family and friends.