Memorial run for beloved Baldwin teacher raises money for future educators

LOXLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — Family and friends gather to raise money in memory of a Baldwin County teacher who died in 2021. A crowd of people takes off from Loxley Municipal Park as the first Josh Hall Memorial Run begins.

“He makes everybody feel special in their own way. In their own individual way. Like everybody had their own individual relationship. He made you feel like it was your world and he was living in it,” said Josh Hall’s cousin Tiffany Hall.

Josh Hall died in a crash in late 2021 when authorities say his jeep veered off Highway 59. He was a special education teacher at Mathis Elementary. Coworkers also gathered to run and pay tribute.

“We loved Josh for his personality. He was so sweet. He was great with the kids. He worked with our special needs kids. He lit up a room when he walked in,” said Principal Dr. Shannon McCurdy.
Nearly three years after his passing, people still look back fondly on the life and legacy of Josh Hall.

“A different kind of young man. He was a very special, very loving and very caring individual for anybody that he came in contact with, never met a stranger and just cared about everybody. Like, if you got to meet Josh, you got to meet a very immaculate young man,” said another Hall cousin Taylor Knight. The money raised this weekend goes to a memorial scholarship named for Josh Hall.

“If you are a [high school] senior in Baldwin County, you can apply for this to become a teacher. The scholarship, become a teacher, and if you’re already a teacher, you can apply for the scholarship to further your education to get better and have more credentials,” said Kris Anderson with the Doomstrikers Club.

They’re grateful to the event’s sponsors: Delta Marine, Caldwell Banker Coaster Realty, The Village Cooperative, Mitchell Landscape & Concrete, and Sequins & Seasonings Catering.

A donation link to the run can be found here.

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