John Hall

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John Locksley Hall ROXBORO - John Locksley Hall died Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Charlotte, N. C. He was born November 1, 1926 at home in Person County to the late Claude T. Hall, Sr. and Addie Jones Hall. He is also predeceased in death by his sisters Madeline H. Eaker and Huldah H. Berryhill, his brother Moses H. Hall and his wife Marie Harris Hall. He is survived by his loving sister Nancy M. Hall of Winston Salem and his brother C. T. Hall, Jr. of Roxboro, niece: Dr. Claudia K. Berryhill and husband Lacy W. Winstead, nephews: Eugene C. Berryhill "Cal" and wife Susie, Joe B. Berryhill and wife Nancy, and David B. Eaker, four grandnieces, five grandnephews, and a great grandniece and great grandnephew, all of Roxboro. Brady C. Hall of San Clemente, California was a cherished friend to John and thought of as "family". John was a graduate of Bethel Hill High School, a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1946. He then graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His first job was working for Mill Power Supply Company, the purchasing agent for Duke Power. After a short time later, he joined Ford Motor Company as a sales agent. His career and "professional life" was Ford Motor Company; his life is a story of enthusiasm, creativity, innovation, and a knack for helping the people he worked with meet their needs and desires while simultaneously meeting his own objectives. His star in the company spanned from Assistant Sales Manager to District Sales Manager in the Charlotte, Memphis, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, and California/Nevada/Los Angeles markets. He also spent several years in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Under his leadership in the company, Ford regained national sales leadership for the Light Truck Division, a feat he was especially proud of. John was the creative force behind the dramatic national "unveiling events" for new cars and trucks replete with rainbow curtains, balloons, beautiful models, champagne, music and celebrities. Of all the places he was fortunate to live, Southern California was his favorite. Even though obtaining a pinnacle of professional success, John never forgot his mentors who coached, encouraged and promoted him along the way and modeled his personal life after them. He adopted a similar role in the lives of many young people that he sponsored and helped financially along the way, students and individuals, among them members of the UCLA wrestling team and Crossnore School for Children. Continuing his grandfather Moses Jones' example of establishing an academic scholarship at Wake Forest, he himself established such a scholarship in his name and along with his siblings established a scholarship in his mother's name at Meredith College. After retirement from a 31 year career at Ford, John's focus became more broad: restoring and preserving family history and antiques, and living one of his core beliefs "to he whom much is given, much is expected", he was a major benefactor to the Person County Museum of History and he continued his grandfather's and parents' support of Bethel Hill Charter School, restoration of several buildings of the family property in uptown Roxboro and the installation of a large mural depicting farmland and early Roxboro scenes. John's love of the arts was shown by his collection of paintings, sculptures and other artifacts, more specifically the love and connection to nature appealed to him. He was gifted in the use of natural and "simple" materials to create beautiful arrangements and holiday environments. John was an original member of the Grandfather Golf and Country Club and maintained a condominium there; he divided his time between there, Charlotte and "the homeplace" in Roxboro. He was a faithful member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church and regularly attended Bethel Hill Baptist Church while "at home". Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Bethel Hill Baptist Church, Roxboro, N. C. at 2:00 pm by the Pastor Jason Evans. Visitation will be one hour preceding the service and interment will follow at Shiloh Primitive Church. A memorial service will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C. Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:00 am by the Rev. Michelle Thomas-Bush. Pallbearers will be Herman Gentry, Mac Wagstaff, Eddie Talbert, Jim Lawton, Richard W. Whitfield, and Lacy Winstead. Honorary pall bearers will be Dr. Thomas Long, Dolian Harris and Walter Porter. Memorials may be made to Bethel Hill Charter School, 401 Bethel Hill School Rd, Roxboro, N. C. 27574, Person County Museum of History, P.O. Box 1792, Roxboro, N. C. 27573, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, N. C. 28207 and the Crossnore School, P.O. Box 249, Crossnore, N.C. 28616. The family wishes to express grateful appreciation to Jim Lawton and Renea Robinson for their compassion and kindness shown to John. Condolences may be sent to

Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 5, 2014
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