Hundreds gather to mourn the loss of West Limestone Senior Cole Smith

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The community of West Limestone High School is in mourning tonight, after 18 year old Cole Smith was killed late Thanksgiving Night in a single car accident.

Smith spent many nights under the lights at James Kennember Stadium. “Just a great guy, big heart, loved his teammates," says Charlotte Craig, principal at West Limestone High.

Friends and family say it was common to see number 27 racing down the field. “He played with all his heart in football," says Craig.

On the same turf he gave his all for his team, loved ones gathered Friday night to remember and reflect.  “Cole was one of those kids everyone loved to be around," she says.

Cole was a Senior at this close knit school, with a bright future and an infectious personality. The size of the crowd exemplified his impact.

“This is just like a pebble that you drop into the water, it has such a ripple effect," says Craig.

Stricken with grief, Cole's mother was driven onto the field and given a chair to sit in.  “As any mother would be, she’s devastated," says Principal Craig.

Through her tears, she found strength in the sea of people who thought the world of her boy. “Every time somebody came by, she said thank you for coming, thank you, I don’t know if I’d have the midst to say that," says Craig.

Principal Craig says funeral arrangements aren't finalized, but they anticipate the service to be held at the school.

"The Cole Smith Memorial Fund" has been set up at First National Bank.