BAHAMA – John Albert Hall Sr., 90, of 10315 Old Roxboro Road, Bahama, completed his earthly journey in the early morning hours of Friday, May 1, 2020 after many years of serious health issues. He has been welcomed into the arms of his Savior and is rejoicing to be reunited with family and friends.
Born in Durham County on March 3, 1930, John Albert was the youngest son of the late Atlas Monroe Hall Sr. and Ema Veazey Hall. John Albert moved to Cedar Lane Farm with his parents in 1942 and remained on the family farm his entire life, married Barbara in 1952, and raised his children. John was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Luquire Hall in 1994 and siblings, Paul Thomas, A. M., Delores, Annie Laurie, and Elizabeth. In later years, John had a very special companion, Thelma Moss, who was adored by the entire family. Thelma was a significant part of the family and embraced the Red Mountain family until her passing in 2012.
A farmer for most of his life, he worked for Colvard Farm Equipment (IH) in Durham from 1968-1991. This second career enhanced his tremendous talent for small engine, lawnmower and farm equipment repairs. In retirement, there was always a steady stream of equipment rolling into the shop for repair and service. John took great pride in his work and didn’t hesitate to offer advice on how mowing and farming should be done while puffing on the pipe that was always clinched between his teeth.
The love of “red tractors” was further fueled with his and John Jr.’s partnership of restoring antique farm equipment, chainsaws and Cub Cadets which they would haul all over the state to demonstrate and showcase. What most of us would regard as junk as it arrived in the shop from abandoned barns or farms, would, over time, be completely restored and back in operation. John Sr. and John Jr. were always together in their restoration and farming efforts. Until recently, John Sr. would supervise the planting of the corn crop, making sure the rows were laid out straight. He would insist on helping with hay and John Jr. did his best to help Daddy get up on a tractor while trying to maintain his safety. The two had a partnership and bond that only a father and son can share. When John Sr. was not on a tractor, one could spot the trail of smoke from his golf cart as he puttered around the farm “checking on things.” One can only imagine him puttering around heaven “checking on those he loves.”
Fond memories of John Sr. and daughter Linda are endless as well. As long as he was able, John Albert was the preferred dog sitter, albeit that meant the dogs would eat ice cream and butterscotch. John Albert lived for the fishing reports and was always happy to see the boat roll up in the yard knowing a good family visit was ahead (plus, Linda always left the house clean and in order.) Until John Jr. came along, Linda would jump at the chance to go with her daddy to the field or shop. Every time Charles is praised for teaching Linda to back the boat trailer down the ramp, he quickly replies, “she learned this on the farm from her Daddy while hooking up farm machinery.” Barbara often scolded John Albert for letting Linda get so dirty in the field to which he replied, “she’ll wash up just fine.”
John Albert was a member of Red Mountain Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher. In earlier years, he was on the board of the Bahama Volunteer Fire Dept.
John is survived by his son, John Albert Hall Jr. and wife Teresa, grandson, John Carter Hall of Bahama; daughter, Linda Hall Maynard-Stephens and husband Charles Stephens of Winston-Salem; a host of devoted nieces and nephews, and grand-dogs, Lucy and Sadie.
John and Linda wish to express their deepest thanks and appreciation to the medical staff of Duke Hospital, particularly Dr. Trig Brown and the staff at Regional “5/3.” The team led by Dr. Kevin Harrison contributed greatly to Dad’s longevity given his “heart adventures.” Many thanks to the staff of Emerge Ortho and Upchurch Drugs for their excellent care throughout the years. John Albert was very fortunate to have expert medical care on the farm lovingly provided by his great niece, Lorri Poole Dunn. “Nurse Lorri” was always on deck, regardless of time of day or personal commitments, providing expert care with Johnbert’s endless medical dilemmas and emergencies. The saying on the farm was “it takes a village to take care of “Johnbert.” Indeed!
A memorial service will be held at a later date when we can gather as family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate a life well lived and a man deeply loved.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Red Mountain Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 103, Rougemont, NC 27572.
John Jr.’s address: 10211 Old Roxboro Road, Bahama, NC 27503.
Linda’s address: 4637 Bay Creek Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.