JAMES HENRY HALL (1919 - 2013)

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Beloved and cherished husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many, James Henry Hall, 93, passed away on June 19, 2013 at the Josephine Sunset Home in Stanwood, Washington.

He was born on December 17, 1919 in Greens Greek, North Carolina to John Henry Hall and Anna Victoria Green Hall.

James grew up in Greens Creek, North Carolina. After attending school in Webster, North Carolina, he completed service in the United States Conservation Corps, building bridges, and was then employed at the Atomic Bomb Plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

In 1944 James left North Carolina for Darrington, Washington with his brother in law, Dave Buchanan. He later sent for his wife, Ruth, and his two year old son, James David (Jimmy) Hall and they lived in Squire Creek, outside of Darrington. Their daughter Betty was born in 1947 in Everett, Washington.

James was employed in the logging industry in Darrington for several years before moving with his young family near Arlington, Washington. James then worked as a heavy equipment operator for Scott Paper Company until he retired.

In 1953 James built a new home for his family on 20 acres of beautiful land that he purchased in Lakewood, Washington, where they raised their son Jim and their daughter Betty. James and Ruth lived in their home in Lakewood for over 50 years, until they moved to an assisted living apartment at the Olympic Place Retirement Home in Arlington, and after that to the Josephine Sunset Home in Stanwood, Washington where they have resided for the past two years.

James had a life long passion for country music and was a very talented musician in his own right. He and his wife Ruth were founding members of the Old Time and Country Music Association and were very active in the organization for many, many years.

James is survived by his wife Ruth, of Stanwood, Washington, his daughter Betty Merken, his grandson Aaron Merken, his son-in-law Stefan Merken, all of Seattle, Washington, his sisters Mavis Buchanan of Warner Robbins, Georgia and Pauline Teague of Gastonia, North Carolina, his sister-in-law Inajean Buchanan of Darrington, Washington and her three children David Gene Buchanan, Roger Buchanan, and Sally Schlosser, and their children Luke Buchanan, Amy Buchanan, Isaac Buchanan, and Jacob Schlosser, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in North Carolina.

James and Ruth lost their beloved son Jim to cancer in 2006, and he rests in peace in the Darrington Cemetery.

James will be buried next to his son Jim at a graveside funeral service at the Darrington Cemetery on Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 pm. Immediately following the graveside services, a buffet luncheon will be served at a memorial and life celebration for James at the Darrington Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations:
The Darrington Memorial Dinner Fund
The Darrington Cemetery Building Fund
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Fund

Arrangements entrusted to Weller Funeral Home, Arlington.
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