1942 – 2013
Jerry Hall, 71, good friend, exceptional father, and beloved husband, left this life on Friday, March 8, 2013, in Galveston.
The service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at Springtown Church of Christ. Interment will follow at Jaybird Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15 at Springtown Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to: Ghana West Africa Street Children Fund – Springtown Church of Christ, P.O. Box 96, Springtown, 76082; or Cook’s Children Medical Foundation, 801 W. 7th Avenue, Fort Worth, 76104.
A native of Springtown, Jerry was the second son of Melvin and Laverl (Tommie) Hall and was born Feb. 26, 1942. A graduate of Springtown High School and North Texas State University (UNT), he received a BA in science with plans to coach football and teach biology. He met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Tootie” Roden on a blind date in 1963, marrying Jan. 4, 1964. He was a lifelong member of Springtown Church of Christ and served as an Elder. Jerry coached and taught in Ganado ISD in South Texas, White Settlement ISD in Fort Worth and Azle ISD where he retired to go into business in 1983. His love of and success in football and track during his high school years served him well as he produced winning teams and track stars. His first airplane flight was to Sacramento where his national champion hurdler was included in the Sacramento National High School Invitational Track and Field Meet. He had several state qualifiers in relays and hurdles in his career. Upon retirement from education, Jerry purchased a granular fertilizer business and made a successful run for 16 years. Since he said he had to “change careers every sixteen years,” he concentrated on raising cattle, baling hay and Wednesday golf. He was always grateful for the opportunity to purchase the old home place where he spent his childhood and continued to farm until his untimely death. Dealing with heart disease, Jerry was placed on the heart transplant registry in Nov. 2011. In Jan. 2012, he received the call for a new heart and drove to UTMB Galveston for the successful transplant. When asked if he was sure he wanted to drive, he said he wanted to think about “something besides what’s coming up next!” He never met a stranger and no matter where you went with him, he always ran into someone he knew. He was a caring, compassionate, kind and generous man who was greatly loved and will be missed.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jimmy Hall; infant son; and infant daughter.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Liz “Tootie” Hall; sons, Mike Hall and wife, Sabra of Springtown and Pat Hall and wife, Lisa of Fort Worth; daughter, Wendy Hall Kennedy and husband, Kyle of Springtown; sister, Melinda Bradshaw and husband, Terry of South Fork, Colorado; brother, Tim Hall and wife, Linda of Springtown; and grandchildren, Jake Hall, Josh Hall, Zachary Hall, Erin Hall, Savannah Hall and Abby Kennedy.
The Azle News,
March 13, 2013 Edition