Barney Hall

Jun 24, 1932 – Jan 26, 2016 (Age 83)


ELKIN — Barney Hall went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 26, 2016. The longtime anchor for the Motor Racing Network was born in Elkin June 24, 1932, and made the Elkin area his lifelong home. Following his graduation from Elkin High School in 1951, he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country four years during the Korean Conflict, a portion of that time aboard the U.S.S. Essex. After the war, he returned to Elkin to work at Chatham Mfg. Barney was an avid gardener and an exceptional pilot, maintaining a private pilot's license for many years. He also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors fishing and playing golf. His love of the game led him to design, build and operate a Par 3 Golf Course. A natural craftsman, Barney loved salvaging materials from old buildings to use for other projects. He used salvaged wood and other materials to prove his skill as a remarkable builder, designing and constructing his own three-story home without the help of blueprints, or building plans. Through most of his life, he maintained his fitness by working out on a trampoline. In his early years he served as a trampoline instructor at the YWCA in Elkin. Barney launched his radio career in his hometown of Elkin and worked as a disc jockey at WIFM radio for 13 years. While there, he entered the world of NASCAR stock car racing when he received promotional tickets and started attending and covering races. He began his 54-year racing career, attending his first Daytona 500 in 1960 and missing only four broadcasts of the Great American Race in its 57-year history. In 1961 he became the first track announcer at Bristol Motor Speedway and long considered that his "home track." He joined the Motor Racing Network at its inception in 1970 as a turn announcer and became the anchor of the network in 1979 where he became known as "The Voice of NASCAR." The network honored Barney with an appreciation award for "45 Years of Great Racing Coverage" at MRN's annual kickoff meeting in January. With his calm voice and folksy delivery, Barney was beloved by millions of race fans worldwide. He served as MRN's lead anchor through July, 2014 when he worked his final, live broadcast in July, 2014 covering the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. He mentored and served as a role model to dozens of broadcasters over his career, many of whom are still active in NASCAR. Barney remained active with MRN until his passing serving as analyst and contributor on various programs and was honored, along with his producer Darrell Smith in January by the National Motorsports Press Association with a first place award in the category of "Topic Oriented Feature," providing a perspective on the new Daytona Rising project at Daytona International Speedway. Barney was an original member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel and was honored by the same organization as the co-namesake and inaugural co-recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for Media Excellence, along with former MRN and TV broadcaster Ken Squier. He was honored on numerous occasions by the National Motorsports Press Association and was inducted into that organization's Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2009, he received the prestigious Myers Brothers Award from the NMPA and also had a special award named for him to be given to broadcast members of the NMPA who has made special contributions to the sport. The NASCAR industry also honored Barney with the Bill France Award of Excellence, the Buddy Shuman Award, and the Jim Hunter Memorial Award for Media Excellence. Barney was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his mother, Mazie Shumate. He is survived by the love of his life of 35 years, Karen Carrier; his special canine companion, Lilli; aunt, Eller Garris; several cousins; special friend, Joanne Carrier; and his MRN and NASCAR family. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Jonesville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Stanley Stogner, Pastor Scott Price and Dr. Roger Hensley officiating. Interment will follow in Crestwood Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by U.S. Navy and Yadkin VFW Post 10346. The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jonesville First Baptist Church and also on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials made to Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC 27317; or Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, NC 27017. Online condolences may be made to Elkin Funeral Service is serving the Hall family.

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I have missed Barney before, but even more now. Was fortunate enough to meet him in the Steak and Shake in Daytona once. A true gentleman, he made me feel like we knew each other all along. I will miss his truly distinct voice at the events.

A name is better than good oil,and the day of death then the day of one's being born,Barney certainly made a name for himself when he talked everyone listened. The life he lived will be cherished by all whose lives he touched,he will be missed in a very large way. May you look to our father in heaven for peace and understanding.
( Ecclesiastes 7:1)(Matthew 5:4)


To the family of Barney Hall, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your love one. Losing a love one is very difficult. May you find solace in the wonderful memories shared. And may the God of all comfort give you comfort during this most difficult time.

Rest in Peace

My deepest condolences for your loss,may you find comfort in the God's word the Bible at 1Thess 4:13-14

So sorry for your loss.
May God comfort you.
~Psalms 71:21

Karen, I pray peace over you and the family.

Sorry to hear of Barney's passing. I grew up in NASCAR-he will be greatly missed. My father worked at Banjo's.

Our prayers to Barney's Family and Friends. God is our refuge and strength.