A funeral ceremony honoring and celebrating the life of John W. Hall will be 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, Claremore. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Dean Selby, John Detter, Josh Corn, Harold Carter, Chuck Scot and Rome Igarta will serve as pallbearers. A viewing for friends and family will be held Sunday, Oct. 16 from 2-4 p.m at the funeral home.
John Walter Hall was born Dec. 8, 1929 and passed away on Oct. 12, 2016. He was the only child of James and Francis Hall of Dublin, Texas. John grew up in the 1930's in the small town of Dublin where he excelled in school. His father was the local banker and this allowed John to meet and get to know many people. After High School he went to the University of Texas where he graduated with a degree in Accounting. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed near Seoul, Korea during the Korean War.
The Korean War had a major influence on John as he described in his letters home. The number of war orphans he observed struggling to survive led him to a life of service to others. On return from the war, he went to work for the Young Men's Christian's Association in Tulsa, Okla. to put his Christian principles into his life's work. John accomplished much in the YMCA and was a fund raiser and Director for the construction of the Thornton Family YMCA, along with projects for renovation of the Downtown and West End YMCAs. He met his wife Betty Pack while working for the Tulsa YMCA. John married Betty at the Boston Ave. Methodist Church in June of 1962.
After John and Betty were married they moved to Beaumont, Texas. In Beaumont, John continued his service to the YMCA which resulted in the construction and development of new YMCA's for the area. After his retirement, they moved to Claremore, Okla. which suited their desire for a smaller town and allowed them to be closer to family. Using his organization and people skills, John started Property Managers of Claremore which specialized in managing residential rental properties in the Claremore area. John used his Christian principles and desire to serve to provide many families fair treatment and access to rental property in the Claremore area while Betty taught school in the Oologah School System.
While John and Betty had no children, they were mentors to the younger members of their family and to many others in their community. Their greatest love was for their work in the Church and they were active long term members of the First United Methodist Church of Claremore. John and Betty sponsored the first Stephen Ministers Program and Betty was one of the first graduates. John was active in his Sunday school classes and sang in the choir. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Claremore Veterans Center in Claremore for their care for John and also express our appreciation for the support of John's church family.
Survivors include Tom Pack and wife, Nancy, of Alvin, Texas, Jerry Pack and wife, Susan, of Tulsa, Marilyn Root and husband, Tom, of Ormond Beach, Fla., Rose Baker and husband, Bill, of Prescott, AZ, Bill Corn and wife, Debbie, of Parrish, Fla., and John Corn and wife, Carol, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and more than 50 nieces and nephews.
John was a kind, loving, and gentle person, known for his generosity and revered by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. www.ricefuneralservice.com.
Published on October 15, 2016