The mood was somber at Brandon High School on Nov. 14, as a school community learned of the death of mathematics teacher and cheerleading coach Heather Bates Hall, 28, who lost her years-long battle with cancer the night before.
But it's with a "joyous" and remembering heart that Hall's husband, Jarrett, a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, hopes students, teachers, family, friends and neighbors will pay tribute to his young wife, who died from cancer Nov. 13 at age 28.
In a Facebook post about Hall's visitation and worship service at Plant City's First Baptist Church this weekend, Jarrett Hall wrote on Nov. 14:
Well folks, today is a day to rejoice. Heather Hall was met by a heavenly host and is experiencing something we believers are envious of.
I am so grateful for all of you who love my wife and I truly appreciate all of the kind words and gestures. The 5K [run] is still in full swing to celebrate and honor Heather's life, so sign up and come join us.
This week will conclude with a joyous visitation on Friday at 6-8PM. The following day, we will have a worship service honoring God and remembering Heather at 11AM. Both events will be held at Plant City First Baptist.
Again I am so appreciative for all the support.
To Pay Your Respects To Heather Bates Hall
- The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Plant City, at 503 North Palmer St.
- At the church on Saturday, Nov. 17, a "Celebration of Life" service will be held at 11 a.m.
- Private intermission will follow at Hopewell Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Plant City.
- In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: LifePath Hospice, 12973 Telecom Pkwy., Suite 100, Temple Terrace, FL 33637
- Expressions of condolence have been collected online at Hopewell Funeral online.
- The Heroes for Heather 5K Memorial Run is scheduled for Dec. 1 at Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria St. Registration and check-in is at 9 a.m., with the run to follow an hour later. The cost is $15. Each runner will receive a "Heroes for Heather" T-shirt and other amenities. Electronic registration will close Nov. 26. Walk-up registrations will be accepted.
From Heather Hall's Obituary (posted at Hopewell Funeral online)
- Heather Hall received a master's degree in education from the University of South Florida, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She taugh math and coached the varsity cheerleading squad at Brandon High School.
- She is survived by her husband, Jarrett Hall; parents, Cheryl Bates-Switch (John) and William Edward Bates (Ladonna); sister, Jennifer Bates-Moores (Scott); brother-in-law, Will Hall; grandparents Richard and Donna Kincade and Colon and Arline Smith; and parents-in-law, Ron and Betty Hall.