James Hall, Jr.
James William Hall, Jr, 76, a resident of Troy, AL, died on Tuesday, October 7, 2008.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Presbyterian Church with Reverend Claude McRoberts officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Hall was born on December 23, 1931. He was a graduate of Robinson Springs School and Sidney Lanier High School, and he attended Huntington College in Montgomery and graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA degree in Journalism and post-graduate work in Political Science. He also had post-graduate work in Political Science at Tulane University and received an MA degree in Journalism from the University of Alabama. At the University he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, scholastic honary, and he was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Delta Chi, The University Press Club, Quadrangle, Jason’s, Chi Phi Social Fraternity, of which he was president, and he was Editor of the Crimson White, the student newspaper.
After high school, he joined the United States Air Force, from which he received an honorable discharge. Mr. Hall was employed for several years with the Montgomery Advertiser as a General Assignment Reporter, Headline Writer, and Makeup Editor. His other employment included stints with Southern Bell Telephone Company, The Alabama Press Association, The University of Alabama, Troy State University, and The Pike County Leader. With his wife, Martha George Hall, he started his own business, Jim Hall Media Services, and stayed with it until they both retired.
Among his organization and honors, he was a member of The Young Men’s Business Club of Greater New Orleans, The New Orleans Floral Trail, The Press Club of New Orleans, Industrial Editors of New Orleans, Southern Council of Industrial Editors. Newspaper Association Managers, where he was elected editor of Roundtable and Chairman of National Newspaper Week, Sigma Delta Chi, Alabama Journalism Foundation, where he was charter member and founding officer and later the Secretary-Treasurer, The Tuscaloosa Exchange Club, Troy Rotary Club, a Mason, a Scottish Rite Mason, the Troy Country Club, the Birmingham Press Club, and the Troy Chamber of Commerce.
He was also a member of the Alabama Highway Beautification Board, The Jobs for Veteran’s Task Force Committee, Alabama Resource Development Committee, Committee to Increase Funding for Vocational Education, The Rural Cleanup Committee, Alabama Guatemala Partners of the Alliance, and The City of Troy Council on the Arts and Humanities. Among his awards were the “Hands in Service” Award from the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs, The “Top Beef Award” from the Alabama Cattleman’s Association, “Honorary Blind Man” Award from the Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind, “Distinguished Alumnus” Award from the University of Alabama Department of Journalism, an “Honorary Staff Member” from the Office of the Alabama Attorney General, a recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation from the Alabama Farm Bureau Federation. Mr. Hall was listed in “Who’s Who in America”, listed in the Dictionary of International Biography, was an Honorary Lt. Col. Aide-de-camp of the Alabama State Militia, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Alabama Society for Crippled Children and Adults. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, and by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Hall, Sr.
He is survived by his brother and his brother’s wife, Robert Edward and Susan Hall of Jupiter, Fla; nephew, Robert R. Hall and his children, Evan and Carly of Peachtree City, Georgia; brother-in-law, Jim George of Trenton, Ga., David George, also of Trenton, Ga., Floyd Lee George of Sylvania and Mr. J.T. George of Sylvania, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Ima Buttram of Goodwater; nieces, Georgianna Pollock of Trenton, Ga., Bonita Dalession, Jupiter, Fla., Shannon Rains, Henagar, Ala., Sandra George of Ft. Payne, Ala., Debbie Beasley, Valley Head, Ala., Kay Johnson, Sylvania, Ala., Mary Ashcraft, Sylacauga, Ala., Rose Graham, Montgomery, Ala., Janice Shokey, Atlanta, Ga., Linda Faye George, Gadsden, Ala., Kathy Bailey, Fyffe, Ala., and Bobbie Frazier, Ider, Ala.; nephews, Tommy George, Trussville, Ala., Barry George, Fyffe, Ala., Michael George, Sylvania, Ala., Bill Williams, Sylvania, Ala., Steve George, Trenton, Ga., Brian George, Trenton, Ga., and many loving great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church or to one’s favorite charity. Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 at Leak-Memory Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m.