TOWNVILLE, S.C. – The Upstate community came together Tuesday evening to pay respect to Jacob Hall and his family a day before his funeral.
Visitation was held at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville from 5 to 9 PM.
The crowd of Captain Americas, Batmans, Supermans, Hulks, and the list continues, said some of their final goodbyes nearly a week after little Jacob was shot on the playground of Townville Elementary School.
The family dressed Jacob in his favorite superhero, Batman, costume in his casket. But, Jacob had a surprise visitor at his visitation. Batman drove his Batmobile to Townville to see Jacob and give an inspirational speech to the young people in the community.
However, many people said even though the superheroes lightened the mood, it’s still painful to be celebrating the life of someone just six-years-old. For many, seeing a small casket with a ninja turtle perched on top was just too much.
“I was looking at little Jacob in that casket, and I just couldn’t bear,” family member, Jerry Gambrell said.
“Tomorrow, we may cry, and we may hurt, and we suffer, but we have tomorrow…Jacob doesn’t have that luxury,” Jacob’s great aunt, Rebecca Hunniicutt, added.
Jacob’s aunt said Jacob had asthma and vision problems and thought his obstacles were what made him so fond of superheroes.
“Superman when he was Clark Kent he wore glasses,” Hunniicutt said. “He was clumsy. He was awkward…And I think that’s the way Jacob saw himself. ‘Ok, me being Jacob, I can’t do everything I want to do. I can’t save the world. I can’t save Townville, but as “Catboy”, when I’m my superhero, I’ve got it going on.’”
The little boy, called “Catboy” by his family because he absorbed everything, had the power to assemble “Team Jacob” from lands near and far.
“A superhero is someone who does something extraordinary,” Rob Sosebde with South Carolina Upstate Heroes said. “Sadly, his extraordinary was cut short, but he did bring this community and a lot of people together.”
The funeral begins at 11 Wednesday morning at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville. It is open to the public, but the church can only hold 1000 people.