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Funeral held for 2-year-old Brantley Smith

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GRAY COURT, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The family of Brantley Smith used Friday’s funeral not only as a celebration of life, but to raise awareness about child abuse. A family spokesman says Brantley's loved ones hope his story will prevent more abuse and deaths.

Brantley Smith's favorite show was PJ Masks. His favorite character was Cat Boy, but family members say he called him blue boy.

It’s only fitting Smith’s favorite superhero is now watching over him as loved ones say goodbye.

"He was a bright light,” said family friend Diane Smith, “He loved his brothers, his Papa and JoJo, he called her JoJo. He just loved them. He was a joy to be around."

It’s only natural his family members welcomed others with warm embraces at Rabun Creek Baptist Church. Reverend Jayson Payne says Brantley was a typical 2-year-old boy.

"I understand he loved the woods,” explained Rev. Payne, “He loved dirt and he loved getting dirty."

Brantley’s dump truck with his favorite superhero rests above the altar; symbols Brantley’s of his short life.

Smith says the community's support is helping the family through this difficult time.

"It helps them that the support and love and most importantly the prayers of our community is helping to give them strength and carrying them through this most difficult time,’ said Smith.

Smith says the family hopes their little angel, Brantley can be a guardian angel for others to prevent tragedies like Brantley's death.

"They want everyone to know that this was senseless,” explained Smith, “This does not have to happen."

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