COL SANKEY M. HALL, JR. USAF RET Sankey was born October 14, 1919 in Old Church, Virginia to Sankey and Lucille Hall. On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, he died at home with his wife by his side. In 1925, the family moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he grew up and attended school. After graduating from high school, he attended two years of Business College. In 1937, he went to work for Virginia Pepsi-Cola Company as a sales manager. In 1941, he was promoted to sales manager for the northern area of Virginia. In June 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and graduated as a pilot on October 1, 1943 with the rank of 2nd Lt. During WWII, he served as a flight instructor and fighter pilot. After release from active duty in February 1946, he served 34 years flying in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired as a full Colonel in 1979. In June 1946, he entered business for himself as a wholesale distributor for Texaco Inc. In 1964, he became a licensed funeral director and partner in Lambert Funeral Home in Roseville, CA. In 1967, he became a partner in Hall-Van Hook Funeral Chapel and Chico Cemetery Association. In 1975, he co-founded Tri Counties Bank, where he served as the first chairman of the board. After more than 20 years with the bank, he retired from the Board of Directors and was named the first Director Emeritus. In 1978, he sold the oil business to his son, and in 1984, sold his interest in Hall-Van Hook Funeral Chapel and Chico Cemetery and became sole owner and president of Lambert Funeral Home in Roseville. In December 1986, he sold his funeral business and retired. He traveled extensively, visiting more than 150 countries and taking a trip around the world in 1980. Sankey was a life member of the Military Officers Association and the Air Force Association, where he was named "Man of the Year" in 1963. He was also an honorary member of the Chico Rotary Club and a member of Cal State University Associates, N.T. Enloe Associates, Chico Masonic Lodge, Chico Shrine Club, Ben Ali Temple, American Legion Post 17, Service Corps of Retired Executives, and First Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Tuula, of 35 years; his son, David B. Hall of Lake Oswego, OR; two daughters, Lori L. Cole (Larry) of Albany, OR and Lisa Blann (Stan) of Chico; 3 sisters, Jeanne Carmichael of Visalia, CA, Juanita Deckman of Warner Robins, GA and Coralease Huffman of Roanoke, VA; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or Enloe Hospice, in care of the funeral home, and you may share your thoughts and memories of Sankey online at nbcfh.com.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 25, 2012