Pastors at Oakdale Baptist Church prepare for Jacob Hall's funeral. (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 3, 2016)
TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The sanctuary at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville was quiet Monday afternoon.
The only sound came from a page turn of a Bible. Reverend Tim Marcengill sat in a pew and reflected on what happened in the small town and he said the presence of God brings him peace.
"Heaven's a whole lot more real today in my life today than it was last Wednesday," Marcengill said. "There's a lot that I have to look forward to in Heaven and now there's one more."
The one more is a 6-year-old Jacob Hall. He was shot and killed while on a playground at Townville Elementary on Wednesday.
"It's a testimony of God's grace and the family and in Jacob's life and we thank the Lord for that little boy," Marcengill said.
He's that associate pastor at Oakdale Baptist Church. It's where a visitation and funeral service will be held for the little boy who used to greet fellow church members as they walked into the sanctuary.
"The outpouring of just everybody coming together in concern for our kids and for Jacob and his family- it's awesome to see that," Marcengill said.
He says the sanctuary, the gym and an overflow room will be packed.
"We're looking at, comfortably, maybe a thousand people," he said.
On Sunday there was a balloon release in honor of Jacob and a small crowd sang songs Jacob used to sing. Jacob's mother, Renae Hall, said she's grateful for the six years God gave Jacob to her.
"Jacob's not going to have an ordinary funeral," she said. "There's going to be a lot of children to come see Jacob to say goodbye and I don't want suits and ties and I don't want it to be scary for them."
She said her son has taught us all something.
"Jacob was an angel that was brought to this Earth to share love, to share kindness, to share forgiveness," Renae Hall said. "What happened to Jacob, Jacob forgives already."
Visitation will start at 5 p.m. at Oakdale Baptist church and a funeral service will be also be held there on Wednesday, at 11 a.m. The family is asking everyone to dress like superheroes or wear superhero t-shirts. Pastors are asking those who are coming to pay their respects to be patient given the crowd.
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