Grandad Hall passed away today…
My dad’s dad, Charles Hall (yep, I am named after him) passed away today. His obit is included… more memorial stuff to follow.
Here’s a quote he loved: “It’s the little things that bother us, And put us on the rack; You can sit upon a mountain, But you can’t sit on a tack.”
Charles Robert Hall, 92, 91 Tree Farm Road Horner passed away at 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2007 in United Hospital Center of Clarksburg following an extended illness. He was born on Kincheloe in Harrison County on August 3, 1914: son of the late Addison Floyd and Emma B. Hall. On July 3, 1941, he married Helen Marie (Howell) Hall, who survives.
Also surviving are one daughter Carola Stephens and special friend Bob Leonard of Martinsburg and two sons David Hall and wife Faye of Glen Rock, PA and Dana Hall and wife Donna of Clarksburg. Mr. Hall is also survived by eight grandchildren Douglas, Cassandra, Justin, Crystal, Candace, Allen, Lyndon, and Abigail and one great grandchild Aaliyah. He is also survived by one sister Helen Marie McCoy of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, five sisters Gertrude Beall, Evelyn Taylor, Emma Jean Benbow, Ava Hall, and Bertha Miller and two brothers William “Bill” Hall and James Hall.
Mr. Hall graduated from Weston High School in 1933 and graduated from West Virginia University in 1939 from the “first ever” forestry class. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy, where he received the WW II Victory Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Ribbon. Mr. Hall retired from the United States Naval Reserves as a lieutenant.
After WW II, he joined the West Virginia Conservation Commission as District Forest Protector in Ripley in 1948. In 1950, Mr. Hall was transferred to Buckhannon/French Creek as District Forester. In 1977, He was promoted to West Virginia Assistant Forester, where he retired in 1979 with 31 years of service. In 1950 Charles and Helen Hall purchased the “How Come” Christmas Tree Farm, where he continued to farm until his death.
In his early career, Charles was fortunate to meet and work with Norman Borlaug, 1970 Noble Peace Prize Winner. Mr. Hall was a devoted member of the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church and then the Stone Coal United Methodist Church, where he was a licensed lay speaker and taught Sunday school faithfully. He was a volunteer leader with Lewis County 4-H programs and a local and state PTA leader. Charles was a long time member of the West Virginia Farm Bureau, chosen for Distinguished Service in 2003, served with Tygart Valley R.C. and D. District and was inducted in the Forestry Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a charter board member of the Lewis County Park. And in 2006, he was chosen the Lewis County Citizen of the Year.
Friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Carolyn Nettles and Reverend Veryl Simmons officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Kincheloe in Harrison County.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Charles Robert Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to Stone Coal United Methodist Church, in care of Carolyn Nettles, Pastor at 303 Main Avenue, Weston, WV 26452 or Louis Bennett Public Library, 148 Court Avenue, Weston, WV 26452.