10 February 1931
Civic Leader Passes Away
OFFICIAL OF TEXAS NURSERY CO.; WORKER IN BUSINESS
AND CHURCH CIRCLES
Hugh Edward Hall, 59, prominent business man of Sherman for the
past 27 years, died at his residence at 1519 South Travis street at 9:50
o'clock Tuesday morning following an illness of less than a week.
Mr. Hall was secretary-treasurer of the Texas Nursery company and was noted
as an authority and writer on nursery stock.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning from
the First Presbyterian church, with which Mr. Hall was identified as an
elder and former Sunday school superintendent and choir chairman.
Dr. C. T. Wharton, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, will
conduct th service, assisted by Dr. Roy H. Biser, pastor of the Central
Christian church. Interment will be made in West Hill cemetery with
the Dannel-Scott Funeral Home directing arrangements.
The body of Mr. Hall will lie in state at the First Presbyterian
church from 9 o'clock until time for the services at 10 o'clock Wednesday
morning, with Boy Scouts acting as a guard of honor.
Surviving Mr. Hall are his wife, two sons, Clyde Lewis and Hugh Edward
Jr., one brother, Lewis W. Hall of Nashville, Tenn. and four sisters, Misses
Louise and Eunice Hall and Mrs. E. A. Lindsey and Mrs. James A. Hamilton,
all of Nashville, Tenn. Miss Madge Hall, another sister, died at
Nashville about a year ago.
Pallbearers for the funeral have been named as follows: C. C. Mayhew,
A. B. Mayhew, H. L. McLean, Osgood Campbell, C. R. Van DeMark, Frank Thompson,
J. J. Scull and C. S. Roberts.
Mr. Hall died from pneumonia which developed from a cold. He
attended a banquet given last Tuesday night by the Boy Scouts to their
fathers and appeared in excellent spirits, it was said. The next
morning he was taken seriously ill at his home. Friday attending
physicians diagnosed his case as pneumonia. It was reported Monday
that he was apparently better, but his condition suddenly turned worse
Tuesday morning with death resulting shortly afterwards.
Mr. Hall lived in Sherman for more than 27 years, moving here from
Winchester, Tenn., March 21 1903. He has been identified prominently
with various organizations in the civic, educational and religious progress
of the city.
In addition to his business connection as secretary-treasurer of
the Texas Nursery company, one of the largest nurseries in the United States,
Mr. Hall at the time of his death was serving as president of the board
of directors of the Sherman Young Men's Christian association. He
has been extremely active in Y.M.C.A. work in Sherman. He also was president
of the Southwestern Nurserymen's association from September 1928 to September
Another phase of work in which Mr. Hall was exceedingly interested
is Boy Scout work. He was scout-master of Troop No. 5 of the Sherman scouts,
having been the organizer of this troupe, one of the first in Sherman, and
having worked with it until his death. He has held positions on the
scout executive board and has done much toward promoting the scout
work in the city.
Mr. Hall served in practically every department of the First Presbyterian
church and Sunday school over a period of years. He has been an elder
for the past five years and preceding that time served as a deacon for
seven years. He served as Sunday school superintendent from 1914
to 1927. For many years he has been a member of the choir and was
chairman of the choir committee for several years. When he first
came to Sherman, Mr. Hall sang with St. Stephen's Episcopal choir,
and has assisted in major musical programs of the city for a long period
of years. At the time of his death he was teacher of an intermediate
class of boys at the First Presbyterian Sunday school.
Mr. Hall was a former Rotarian, but was not connected with any civic
clubs at the time of his death.
Besides serving as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Nursery company,
other business connections of Mr. Hall were as secretary of the Durant
Nursery of Durant, Okla., and before moving to Sherman he worked with Carmack,
Hall and Martin's general merchandise from 1896 to 1903. He became
connected with the Texas Nursery company here immediately upon arrival
in Sherman and has held various positions in the organization, serving
as secretary-treasurer for the past several years.
Although Mr. Hall did not receive a higher education, having finished
eleven of the twelve grades in high school, he was a writer of note on nursery stock,
on which subject he was regarded as a leading authority. His articles
were published in various publications, including Holland's magazine.
His sister, Miss Madge Hall, before her death last year, was also a widely
known newspaper woman, having served for twenty years as society editor
on the Nashville Tennesseean. A brother, Lewis W. Hall, is vice president
of the Tennessee Hermitage National bank of Nashville and a sister, Miss
Louise Hall, is on the faculty at Ward-Belmont college.
Mr. Hall took an active part also in the beautification program of
the city, one of his best pieces of work in this line being that done with
the Sherman mausoleum.
Just as Mr. Hall has been so closely identified with work among boys
of Sherman through the Y.M.C.A. and the Boy Scouts, Mrs. Hall is similarly
identified with Camp Fire work among the girls of Sherman.