Funeral services set for Urbana student who died after cancer battle

Jack Sherrick, 9, passed away on Jan. 6 after his battle with cancer. CONTRIBUTED
Jack Sherrick, 9, passed away on Jan. 6 after his battle with cancer. CONTRIBUTED

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday for a fourth grade Urbana Elementary student who succumbed to cancer this week.

Jack P. Sherrick, 9, passed away Monday, according to a Facebook page that tracked his battle against cancer. “With sad, hurt, angry, broken hearts, at 4:08 a.m. he laid down his sword and shield at the feet of cancer and walked away from a brutal, epic fight with his head held high. He ran into the arms of Jesus,” the page, Jack Jack’s Journey, says.

Urbana City Schools took to Twitter to post about Jack.

“The Urbana City Schools Board of Education would like to extend it’s condolences to the family of Jack Sherrick,” the district wrote in a post. “We are deeply saddened by his passing and offer our thoughts and prayers to the family, our students and staff, and our community at this difficult time.”

The young boy touched the lives of many, according to his obituary.

“Jack was happiest when he was at home surrounded by his favorite people,” according to his obituary. “He touched the lives of so many; beloved, shining, happy boy, the light of his parents’ eyes, protector of his little sisters, and the star of many hearts. He leaves us smiling through our tears.”

Jack is survived by his parents, three sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins, according to his obituary.

“He was the essence of joyfulness and life,” his obituary says. “You could find him playing outside with his friends, riding his bike at his mamaw and papaw’s and playing with their dog Maverick, playing video games with his dad or playing with anything that was dinosaur related.”

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Jack’s funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Walter & Lewis Funeral Home, 642 S. Main St. in Urbana.

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Condolences can be given by visiting www.walterfunerals.com. Flowers and gifts can be sent through the Tribute Store, and donations can be given through the Tribute Fund, both on the funeral home's website.

“Jack Jack’s Birthday Balloon Release,” will be held on at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Melvin Miller Park, 731 Children’s Home Road in Urbana, to celebrate Jack’s memory and his 10th birthday, according to the an event shared on the Facebook page.