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Sharon Aydelott laid to rest today

ESCAMBIA COUNTY  --  The Holley-Navarre Middle School teacher murdered on Christmas Eve was laid to rest today. Sharon Aydelott was stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat in her Gulf Breeze home. Deputies say her 17-year-old son, William Brandon Aydelott confessed to the murder. Aydelott was a student and baseball player at Gulf Breeze high school. Prosecutors said last week he'll be tried as an adult for second degree murder. The funeral service for Sharon Aydelott was held at Olive Baptist church this afternoon.

To say Sharon Aydelott will be missed is truly an understatement. She was loved by family, friends, and students. Those who knew her well say she was a woman of strong faith who never stopped smiling.

The woman with the "Megawatt Smile" that's how many will remember Aydelott.
"Sharon's smile so bright and welcoming to everyone she came in contact with," said her co-worker Kathy Clark.

Hundreds gathered at Olive Baptist  Church to pay their respects.
Flowers and pictures lined the front of the church.
   
Friends who spoke during the service say Aydelott loved to dance, laugh, and play sports.
   
She loved her children, including the ones she taught at Holley-Navarre Middle School.

"The world is going to be a little darker without Sharon," said Clark.
There was music, prayers, and readings, as friends and family leaned on each other for comfort.
   
Although a somber time, the service was mainly a celebration of her life.

Aydelott was a member of Olive Baptist Church. She knew the pastor  well.
He shared some of his favorite memories..

"I'm telling you, any woman who can take on the wrestling team, and she did at one time! I would have loved to see that," he said laughing.

The service ended with Aydelott's daughter singing. She dedicated the song to her mother. No doubt it'll be an especially difficult day for students as they arrive back to school on Monday. Grief counselors will be available at Holley-Navarre middle school and Gulf Breeze High school.