Stella Branham Hall, age 94, of Somerset, formerly of Allen, wife of the late Troy Hall Sr., passed away on March 5, 2014, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, in Somerset.
She was born June 5, 1919 to John Polk and Nancy Laferty Branham. She was the 11th of 12 children. She had seven brothers, Dick, Joe, John, Dee, Ernest, Turner and Jay Branham, and four sisters, Margaret Calhoun, Mary Ann Laferty, Susie Thompson and Abbey Branham. All preceded her in death.
As a child she attended church and Sunday school every Sunday and was christened in the Methodist Church, at Dwale. Her grandfather, who was a minister for over 50 years, talked about times when her mother read the Bible aloud for her father and her everyday. She learned and could recite many Bible verses and lived as a Christian all her life. In fact, her first date with her "husband-to-be" was at the Methodist Church of Emma. They later married on Dec. 23, 1937, by Johnny Nelson, minister of the Church of Christ, at Dwale.
Stella and her beloved husband Troy Sr., were married 71 years and 25 days and were blessed with six daughters and five sons, Troy (Mary Alice Gayheart) Hall Jr., Janelle (Kenneth) Conn and Ruby (Bill) Dunn, all of Somerset, Helen (Ernest) VanHoose, of Lorton, Va., Phyllis (Randall) Burchett, of Louisville, James Kenneth (Christine Hamilton) Hall, of Mount Eden, Patricia Kay, of Louisville, Barbara (Robert) Beese, of Richmond, and William Michael (Stacia Sexton) Hall, of Bardstown; seven nieces, Lena June Sword, of Kodak, Tenn., Opal Fannin and Barbara Howard, both of Prestonsburg, Goldie Raser, of Cliff, Lena Jean Pontious, of Des Moines, Iowam and Betty Lou Branham, of Dwale; five nephews, James Calhoun, of Florida, Lester Calhoun, of Prestonsburg, Estill Calhoun, of Indiana, Paul Henry Branham, of Colorado, and Frank Branham, of Las Vegas, Nev.; 16 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and several other family and friends.
Stella and Troy were devout Christians. They joined the Salisbury Old Regular Baptist Church, on July 15, 1956. After the church burned and was not rebuilt, they moved their membership to the Old Beaver Church, at Minnie. They were lifelong residents of Floyd County until they moved to Somerset in 1991.
In addition to her husband, parents, brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by two sons, Clyde Monroe and Denzil Ray Hall, and two granddaughters, Olivia Nicole Hall and Michelle Meek Allen.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 8, in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Riley Hall Cemetery, in Allen. Visitation is from 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, at Hall Funeral Home.