CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Sunday, people gathered in Charlottesville to celebrate the life of a former city councilor and clergyman who passed away Tuesday.

Doctor Elisha Hall was on the Charlottesville City Council from 1980 through 1988, and served as vice mayor for two of those years.

He also served as pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Charlottesville for 37 years, where the ceremony was held.

Current pastor Lehman Bates says one of Hall's most lasting legacies was leading his congregation through the racial struggles of the 1960's.

"He lived a large life. He was a very personable pastor, and he made you feel welcome, and he made you feel like someone, and during his tenure that was very important for us as the various social struggles were going on, and so we do celebrate that and we do honor him on that today,” stated Bates.

Hall was 87 years old.

He is survived by his wife Antrynette and his daughter Rachel.