Gloria Brown contributed to this article
Eagle Mountain Elementary School, a part of Batesville School District posted on their Facebook page about a unique and touching tribute to a “sweet and loving student” that passed away last week.
According to the post, during the funeral service of Sammy Southall, the priest described how Sammy enjoyed his share of ice cream and cotton candy. The priest asked that we all have a scoop this week in memory of “Super Sammy.”
Samuel Southall was a fighter. He was battling childhood cancer from a very early age. “Super Sammy,” as the kids at Eagle Mountain Elementary called him, fought and beat cancer.
He was a loving child who enjoyed building anything with Legos. His artistic streak was well known and his recent works included his two favorite animals- dinosaurs and dragons.
Sammy loved to draw hybrids of these two animals, combining their traits into new and interesting artistic pieces. He loved his Cheeto, a stuffed animal that went with him through all of his treatments and surgeries.
Ultimately, cancer claimed his life on July 7.
“Super Sammy” was loved by so many in our area.
On Thursday, July 18, have a scoop of ice cream and remember the fighting spirit of Sammy Southall.
Take a picture of you and your family enjoying ice cream and post it on any social media platform with the hashtag #ScoopForSammy.
Let’s show Sammy one more time how much we love him.
Sammy Southall, photo from Willis Funeral Service