Colby Zane Mickel

Colby Zane Mickel, 14, of Dayton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Rhea Medical Center in Dayton. He was born on Feb. 9, 2005, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Colby was preceded in death by his grandfather, Johnny Mickel, of Dayton; and papaws, Joe Yearwood, of Dayton, and Bobby Burke, of Rossville, Ga.

Colby lived in Dayton all of his life and was a freshman at Rhea County High School. Colby was an incredibly talented and intelligent young man. He was an expert video game player, active in sports and loved hunting and anything outdoors. Colby was a devoted Tennessee Vols fan and could always be found looking sharp in his orange and white. He loved his family and especially his little sister, Layla. He was such a prankster and they always had the best of times when they were together. Colby has more friends and family then we can count and he will be greatly missed until we all meet again. “We love you Colby.”

He is survived by his father, Johnathon (Jessica) Mickel, of Dayton; mother, Erica (Raun) Alley, of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.; sister, Layla Ann Mickel, of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.; stepbrothers, Randal Evan Alley, of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., and Spencer Staggs and Mason Staggs, both of Dayton; grandmothers, Margaret Yearwood, of Dayton, and Frances Burke, of Rossville, Ga.; aunts, Amanda (Aaron) Gravett, of Spring City, and Jamie (Jared) Price, of Athens, Tenn.; uncle, Jamie Burke, of Rossville, Ga.; and Nany B. and Papaw B., of Dayton.

Funeral services for Colby will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Vanderwall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Sneed officiating. He will be laid to rest in Buttram Cemetery in Dayton followed by a white dove release.

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The family is being cared for by Vanderwall Funeral Home where they will receive friends Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.