George Washington Hall, 82, lived a life of faith, gratitude, and humility. He died December 12, 2022, with loving caregivers by his side who offered Mr. Hall the compassionate care and dignity all deserve, regardless of our blessings or infirmities. Mr. Hall was grateful for his blessings and nobly bore many infirmities.
He was born May 22, 1940, Charlotte, North Carolina, the son of the late Earl Nelson Hall and the late Bertha Jenkins Hall.
Mr. Hall enjoyed many camps and schools and finished the Nevins Center and Nevins School programs for children and adults with disabilities. Beyond the usual human disabilities shared by all, Mr. Hall had cerebral palsy and polio. Neither prevented George’s encouraging Parents or George’s own drive from impacting favorably the lives of others and enjoying his own life.
As a young man, George served the public in a hardware store, where he duplicated keys, matched and mixed paint, helped customers choose building materials, and ran the cash register. Mr. Hall loved his customers and his special friends who owned the hardware store. Then, Mr. Hall worked at Radiator Specialty for more than two (2) decades. George took pride in the fact that he had dozens of friends among his colleagues and that his division might have been one of the world’s largest manufacturers of traffic cones. (George was thrilled to share that he had many years of perfect attendance at work and even had certificates—at least one framed and above his bed at Courtland Terrace—to show to others.) George fondly recalled the periodic visits made by Mr. Blumenthal, whose family owned Radiator Specialty and supported the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, when Mr. Blumenthal would walk through the plant and speak to everyone, including George. George stated once that the Blumenthals must be good people because they “employed someone like me.” That humility, gratitude, a natural work ethic, and God’s grace might have helped George be one of the very best employees and servants wherever he was.
Throughout his life, George loved piloting his own boat by himself on Lake Norman or surrounding Catawba River Chain Lakes. After he married, George was not alone on the Lakes. His late wife, Hazel Hall, and he would spend many happy times together. Others who accompanied George in or behind his boat were the Scout Troop Members when George was a Scout Leader. George arranged for many of those Scouts to have their first plane ride—on a military biplane.
George served his Church with the Men of Boldness, who built hundreds of wheelchair ramps and offered service to others across North Carolina. Most recently, George was grateful and a bit proud that he encouraged his Church to pave more parking places for his Church to support growth and always to have a place for “someone like me.”
George loved the outdoors (even hunted for part of his adulthood), brightened every time a dog or other animal friend visited him at Courtland Terrace, and, until his last few months, enjoyed listening to music and watching automobile races.
George cultivated many friendships and had a superb memory of names and of enjoyable events shared with many friends and his loving family.
Near the end of his life, George made it clear that he wanted to be with his Parents. He was confident that he would be and, when prompted by a friend, acknowledged that his Parents might be proud of him and his success at what really mattered to him: to be free, included, and loved.
Mr. Hall was predeceased by his Parents, Earl Nelson Hall and Bertha Jenkins Hall; his wife, Hazel Hall; his sister, Earline Hiller; and his brother, Paige Hall. Mr. Hall .is survived by his sister, Molly Marshall; his niece, Carmi Henderson (Doug); his niece Tema Banner (Gill); his nephew, Mark Hall (Deborah); his niece, Reba Station; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
On his Mother’s side of the family, George’s special female cousins and their spouses survive him: Shelia and Lance Blocker; Jeaniene and Paul Dibble; and Caroline and Eddy Fortner. George recalled fondly the love, instruction, and fun that they and their late sister, Polly, offered abundantly.
In 2019, someone visited George’s neighbor. At the suggestion of one of George’s favorite friends and caregivers, Lynn Owens, that person visited George as well. At the second visit, George asked, “Who are you? Why are you here?” At the third visit, George requested, “Come back soon.” At the fourth visit, George asked, “Will you be my friend?” At the fifth visit, George asked, “Will you walk with me?” Over the next few visits, George asked, “Will you go to Church with me?” Early on in these visits and on his final day, George requested, “Don’t forget about me. Please don’t leave me.” This visitor, Steven Blair Wilson, survives George and is comforted that George knows that Mr. Wilson did not forget about him and has not left him and is merely waiting until God helps all of us overcome the world and be rendered as perfect as George Washington Hall is right now.
Family and friends of Mr. Hall are invited to attend the visitation beginning at 10:00AM, Friday, December 16, 2022, to be followed by a traditional Christian Service to celebrate his life at Calvary Baptist Church, 2727 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte, at 11:00AM. Pastor Jack Homesley will officiate.
A private graveside service of committal will be held at a later date with Mr. Hall to be placed with his Parents at Forest Lawn West Cemetery, 4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte.
Without the intent, by omission, to fail to recognize the kindness, mercy, and prayers of countless others, even strangers, the family wishes to thank the wonderful health care professionals, caregivers, and facilities management teams at CaroMont Hospital and Courtland Terrace and Mr. Hall’s beloved family friend, Lynn Owens.
In lieu of flowers, while the family values greatly any commitment to Calvary Baptist Church, 2727 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte, NC, 28214, or the CaroMont Health Foundation, 2525 Court Drive, Gastonia, NC 28054, the family welcomes and expresses gratitude for the desires of anyone to memorialize Mr. Hall with a donation to an organization of their choice.
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