Howard Ross Hall
Howard Ross Hall was called to his heavenly home on December 15, 2020 after a month-long battle with COVID-19, less than two months from what would have been his eighty-sixth birthday. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Ross was born on February 7, 1935 in Lindale, TX to Henry and Daisy Hall. He grew up in Lindale, later graduating from Lindale High School. He was a star performer in football, basketball, and track during his years in school. He married his high school sweetheart, Arlene (Moore) Hall, on August 7, 1953 in the First Baptist Church of Lindale. Ross attended Henderson County Jr. College on an athletic scholarship where he played football and basketball for two years and received his degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1957. This marked the beginning of a long and successful career in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He served as a head basketball coach for twenty-six years in Wolfe City and Mesquite, his teams winning just shy of 500 games. He became an administrator in Mesquite ISD in 1986 and eventually rose to the position of principal of Mesquite High School in 1992. He retired from this position in 1994 after serving three years in that capacity. The retirement was in name only. He, with the aid of his wife, spent the next twenty-two years traveling across Louisiana and Texas recruiting teachers for Mesquite ISD. He began to volunteer his time as an assistant basketball coach in 1999 at Lindale High School and proceeded in this capacity for the next seven years. Ross received the award for TABC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002-03 for his efforts in helping Lindale reach the regional finals that year. He was nominated for the honor by Head Coach Alan Simmons, with a letter of commendation from, then player, Casey Camp, helping to reinforce the selection.
Ross had a passion for helping his students and players reach their potential. His life was spent in helping others believe in their own capabilities and assuring them that he was there to help them grow into all that they could be. His influence can be seen and felt through thousands of students he has helped throughout his career. He was a mentor to many of his colleagues in education and was always ready with a good story to lighten the moment when things seemed to get a little heavy and tense. He was deeply loyal to his friends and family, always ready and willing to help. His was a life well spent in service to others.
Ross was preceded in death by his parents and his maternal grandparents Joe and Annie Howard, who raised him from his early years. He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Arlene, son, Mike and his wife, Cynthia, daughter, Annette Monroe and her husband, Rodney; grandchildren, Lindsay and Ian Gibson, Grant and Rachel Hall, Whitney and Benton Miller, Brandon Woolley, Brittney Woolley, Austin Monroe, and great grandchildren, Holland and Hildi Gibson, as well as a host of family and friends. He was interred at a family graveside service on December 18, 2020 at the Lindale City Cemetery. A memorial scholarship fund has been established in honor of Ross through the Mesquite Education Foundation. Tax deductible donations may be made by check, payable to the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation and addressed to: Mesquite ISD Education Foundation - Ross Hall Endowment Scholarship Campaign, 3819 Towne Crossing, Suite 105 Mesquite, TX 75150 or online at: mesquitefoundation.org/about-us/named-endowments