HALLSVILLE — The Hallsville Baseball Association Board has teamed up with Hallsville Movie in the Park to host a celebration of life and fundraiser in memory of a Longview youth pastor who died last week.
A July Fourth benefit will be held on Thursday at the Hallsville Baseball Association Complex honoring the memory of Longview Missionary Baptist Church Youth Pastor Ryan Johns Carlisle, 37, who died Thursday at a Longview gym.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Carlisle's surviving family, wife Bridgit, daughter Ava and son Max.
"Ryan was an All Star coach with Hallsville Baseball Association this whole season and his son Max played as well," Hallsville Baseball Association Board member Marc Smith said on Tuesday. "The board wanted to get together to make this event happen and raise some money to help Ryan's family during this time."
The Fourth of July event will begin at 6 p.m. at the HBA complex, located off of South Access Road near I-20 and FM 450 South in Hallsville.
"We will have bounce houses, slip and slides, a home run derby and we will sell hot dog plates and host a silent auction," Smith said. "We will also be collecting money for the family throughout the night. All proceeds will go to the Carlisle family."
The hot dog plates will consist of hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts for $7.
"We have had a ton of businesses donate items for the silent auction," Smith said. "We have guided fishing trips, massage packages, Yeti coolers, a guitar from Mundt Music and appliances."
Longview Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Nathan Rogers will be on hand to pray for the Carlisle family.
When the sun sets on Thursday, Smith said the HBA will set off a fireworks display, immediately followed by a viewing of "The Sandlot" by the Hallsville Movie in the Park group.
"People can bring out their blankets and lawn chairs and set them up in the outfield to watch the movie as soon as the fireworks show ends," Smith said.
Fireworks Express is also donating 10 percent of sales for customers who show a flier for the HBA's Ryan Carlisle benefit.
In addition to the benefit, folks can also donate to A GoFundMe page that has been set up to help the family at https://www.gofundme.com/f/ryan-carlisle?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnstaticsmall_r&fbclid=IwAR0J_mo86NXwhVjj3fhvQvAFgmR8i-_8LxvslMtcd9DotaIqoTZAOmaAVuw
“He was the kind of man all men should watch and learn from the example he set,” Rogers said.
According to GoFundMe, Carlisle did not have life insurance, and help is needed with funeral costs and the family’s support.
Carlisle, a Longview High School graduate, joined Longview Missionary Baptist Church in April 2018, Rogers said. He had served as a youth pastor in Mount Enterprise for eight years before coming back to Longview.
As a youth pastor, Carlisle spent much of his time in Bible studies, mentoring teenagers in the church and planning mission trips and camps, Rogers said.
“He had a great relationship with the kids that he ministered to,” Rogers said. “He was very deeply loved.”
For more information about the July Fourth event in Hallsville, visit the event's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Hallsville-Baseball-Association-301020851043/