POTTSBORO — Family, friends and community members gathered at the Pottsboro High School Auditorium on Wednesday afternoon to remember Pottsboro student Nathan Halfmann.


The 16-year-old died late Saturday evening after reportedly falling into the waters of Lake Texoma. He was a member of the Pottsboro boys golf team, who won the Class 3A state championship last week in Austin.


The service started with a prayer from Pastor Bill Shultz of Preston Community Church, who called on those attending to “draw strength from others who mourn.”


Pottsboro Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Josh Recer shared memories of Halfmann on behalf of the student’s classmates and friends. Many of them remembered him for his smile, being “kind-hearted” and having the “sweetest soul.”


That was followed by a video tribute put together to celebrate Halfmann’s life.


Following that tribute, the Rev. Dyan Dietz of Lakeway United Methodist Church told the audience about having Halfmann and his family as part of the church’s congregation.


“It was a blessing to have Nathan as part of our church family,” Dietz said.


Following the news of Nathan’s passing over the weekend, the church opened its doors Monday at 7 a.m. to give everyone a chance to come together and simply reflect. Dietz said about 200 people showed up to the church that morning.


The penultimate message was delivered by Pastor Bobby Hancock of Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro. In his sermon, the pastor spoke to the audience and encouraged all to live their life to the fullest.


“There are a few things about life,” Hancock said. “Life is valuable, it’s brief … and it’s filled with obstacles. It’s those obstacles that help give our life meaning.”


The service concluded with a final prayer from the Rev. Nancy Powers of St. John the Apostle Episcopal Church in Pottsboro.