Obituary of William Leon Hall
William Leon Hall was born on May 12, 1945, in Monroe, Michigan. He was born to the union of Daniel Boone Hall and Gypsy Jewel (Chapman) Hall. Bill, as he became commonly known, grew up in Newport, Michigan with his twelve siblings, consisting of seven sisters and five brothers. He quickly learned the value of hard work and ingenuity as his family owned a farm. This is where he developed his love of working with his hands.
Bill was a Jefferson High School graduate. In 1961, at sixteen years old, Bill met Paula Stanfill. After dating for three years, they were joined in wedded bliss on November 28, 1964, at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Monroe. They raised three daughters, Kimberly, Rochelle, and Roxanne, and one son, William “Billy”. They also raised their oldest grandson, Kyle and their oldest granddaughter, Kassi for her first eleven years.
Bill loved spending time with his family. He and Paula always supported the children’s sports endeavors, attending events such as: basketball, softball, tennis, cheerleading, football, baseball, wrestling, and track kept the Hall’s constantly on the move. The family also bowled together participating in bowling leagues. Bill also enjoyed hunting and liked to fish with his dad.
Bill was employed at Ford Motor Company for thirty years where he was a member of the United Autoworkers Union. He worked at the Ford Plant in Monroe and the Assembly Plant in Wayne. He attended night school at Henry Ford Community College and entered the apprenticeship as a Metal Model Maker at the plant in Dearborn where he worked for many years designing body panels for Ford vehicles including concept cars. He was also a proud member of Moose Lodge 884 in Monroe, Michigan and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Brooklyn, Michigan.
The apostle John tells us in 1st John 3:18 - Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. Bill lived this every day as he was very giving of his time and knowledge. He was an expert mechanic and enjoyed carpentry, electrical work, and plumbing. He was willing to help anybody who asked and was often found underneath the hood of a friend’s car or helping somebody with a plumbing issue. He was so good with his hands, he even cut his own hair.
William Leon “Bill” Hall, 78, of Manitou Beach, Michigan passed peacefully on Sunday; July 9, 2023, in Jackson, Michigan after a lengthy battle with cancer. Paula, his loving wife for fifty-nine years, was at his side. His passing was preceded by his parents; eight siblings: Cecil (Hall) Wolverton, Bobby (Hall) Snavley, Raye (Hall) Moore, Evalou (Hall) Champagne, Royetta (Hall) Major, Glenn Hall, Kenny Hall, and Danny Hall.
To cherish his memory, he leaves his loving wife: Paula Hall of Manitou Beach Michigan, four children: Kimberly (Arnold) Dionne of Plant City Florida, Rochelle (Jeff) Talley of Lipan Texas, Roxanne (Bill) Jennings of Lakeland Florida, William (Paula Ann) Hall of Petersburg Michigan, and grandchild: Kyle (Tiffany) Hall of Petersburg Michigan; grandchildren: Cole (Gracey Gadille) Jennings, Kassi (Zach) Searles, Chance Jennings (Brianna Zacharias), Avery (Laith) Heqari, Collin Jennings (Gabby Pedraza), Cade Hall (Jocelyn Geise), Celsea Jennings, Trey (Brylyn) Talley, Ty Talley, Trynt Talley, Mason Hall, Trypp Talley, and great grandchildren: Journie Hall, Jase Searles, Locklyn Hall, and (coming soon) George Heqari; four siblings: Jewel (Hall) Horney, Delores (Hall) Moore, Phillip Hall, Gwen Hall; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Friends may gather from 12:00pm until 4:00pm on Wednesday; July 12, 2023, at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. A Celebration of His Life will take place at 4:00pm, also at Merkle’s. Cremation will follow through the on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.
Online guests may visit www.merklefs.com to leave words of inspiration and comfort or to share a photo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the “William Leon Hall Scholarship Fund.”’ C/O: Community Foundation of Monroe County; 9 Washington Street, Monroe, Michigan 48161
The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, concern, and kindness shown to them during this hour of bereavement. Special thanks to Randy and Chris Kennard and the Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home in Jackson. May God Bless and Keep You. - The Hall Family
Go rest high on that mountain
Son your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a-shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son