ForeverMissed
James R. Hall, Jr. was born June 20, 1942, in East Liverpool, Ohio, to James R. Hall, Sr., and Elizabeth Renouf Hall.  He drew his last breath on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  He is survived by his wife Cora, children David (Beci), Elizabeth (Dennis), and Stephen (Tricia), and numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Jim and Cora were married for 54 years. 

He earned a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, and also earned a Master's of Divinity from Asbury Seminary.  After studying linguistics for a summer with Wycliffe Bible Translators, he served as a pastor in the United Methodist denomination in Georgia and Florida.  

He moved to Huntsville in 1979.  He was a pioneer in the homeschooling movement, participating in Faith Chapel Christian School and chairing the board of Covenant Christian Academy.  In 1983, he and Cora travelled to Israel.  He created a slide presentation, which he shared with numerous groups and churches about Israel’s Biblical prophetic significance. He also worked as an electrical engineer and computer programmer in Huntsville for more than 30 years.
 
Upon retiring, he sought to research and teach Biblical truth.  His favorite scripture was Psalm 1:1-3 :

Blessed is the man who
walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

In lieu of flowers, you are invited to donate to one of Jim and Cora's favorite charities: Bridges for Peace, at www.bridgesforpeace.com .
Posted by Linda Hubel on October 21, 2020
From our first meeting, shortly before Jim's only brother married my only sister, we have been family. When my big adventure began with Wycliffe Bible Translators, Jim and Cora became my very first financial supporters, giving me the confidence that God would provide; after 45 years, I report that He has! Through the years, I have had occasion to trust Jim's wise counsel in times of crisis, to be encouraged by his hopefulness, to be inspired by his breadth of interests, and to receive his unwavering love and friendship. Now he experiences fully the blessings of Psalm 16:11: "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." May we who remain be over-comers like Jim Hall!. For Cora, David, Elizabeth, Stephen, and family, we send our love, and we pray for comfort from the Holy Spirit and grace from the Lord Jesus to be with you all.
Posted by Thomas Tipton on October 12, 2020
The thing I admired about Jim Hall was he gave priority of the word of GOD over the traditions of men. His walk was a progressive one, changing his life as he learned, not letting his theological training dictate to him over God’s word and from my viewpoint that rarely takes place. Jim’s desire to communicate the word and support the ministry was tried on many occasions by his physical ailments. However, he continued when many would have given up. When his voice was compromised he turned to short teachings that he sent out on e-mail. He was blessed by the Father with the gift to take a teaching that was vast in nature and make it concise enough, to be read in a couple of minutes.
Jim will be missed for his friendship and his wise council.
Posted by Lydia Lee on October 6, 2020
I will never forget the lessons I learned from Uncle Jim. I cherished the lessons on perseverance, tenacity, creativity, history, and family that I learned from him. He was like a father to me in so many ways and he always encouraged me towards trying my best to honour God in my relationships and my daily life. I will truly miss him and the way he demonstrated love to me with great strength and wisdom. I will miss the talks we had about life and family history. I will miss sharing our love of all things Hall China & how he could always teach me something I didn't already know. I love you Uncle Jim and miss you alot.
Posted by Denise Gabrielle on October 3, 2020
Cora, thank you for sharing the website with me. It was such a joy to meet with you today. He was a man of GOD. You both always were an inspiration when we met on Shabbat...
Im glad I saw you today... I’m glad I can leave a short note expressing how wonderful it was meeting you both, sharing time together, and having conservations with him on Shabbat...

Posted by Margaret Cavinder on October 3, 2020
I have enjoyed reading all the tributes to Jim. My first memory of Jim is when he married my sister Cora. I was 11 years old at the time and it seemed to me the Hall and Van Arsdall family blended easily. I remember lots of holiday get together‘s. I have an especially fond memory about Jim when I grew up and had a family of my own. Back in 1992 when my daughter Ashley was having her second birthday Jim was in town due to business down at the Cape. He graciously videotaped the entire birthday celebration for me. He captured all the little details of the day perfectly!
I am thankful Jim is finally released from his chains of infirmity and is free to explore heaven.
Posted by David Brands on September 30, 2020
Jim and I were college roommates at University of Florida in the mid 1960s. He was talented in so many areas. Jim introduced me to ham radio and coached me until I passed my test for a novice license. On weekends we often played tennis. Sometimes Cora joined in. I occasionally scored a point but don’t recall ever winning a game. In a game of chess he was always a challenge. But most important, Jim was a great friend and honored me by serving as best man at my wedding in 1967. His friendship will be missed.
Posted by Margie McCary on September 29, 2020
From Mason:
The opportunity to have Jim Hall part of my life walk has been a true blessing. Jim’s sense of humor was a real treat to enjoy. His insight into life and personal interaction was a remarkable combination of religious love and intelligent application. I have learned invaluable life lessons and will miss his example of how humans should treat each other
Posted by Edmond Caouette on September 28, 2020
Jim and I performed the wedding for our children. He was a great help. We had times of laughter. Even when we disagreed on issues he was gracious. I see his life impacted many and we are delighted to have his son as our son-in-law and brother in Christ Jesus!
Posted by Mark Christopher on September 28, 2020
Jim and Cora Hall were instrumental in the decisions made to homeschool our children thirty years ago. Jim’s witness as a leader in his home and in the community was always amazing to me. The fruitfulness of his life testifies to a committed walk with the Lord that was deep, bold, and unashamed. It always ministered life and wisdom when drawn upon! Jim’s reward as a “good and faithful servant” should inspire us all by his example.
Posted by Chris Cope on September 28, 2020
I met Jim Hall at Faith Chapel in the 1980s, and became friends with him and his family soon after that. He was very involved and watchful over his family and the Body of Christ too. We took trips together, ate meals together, and even played music together from time to time. He will be missed. 
Posted by Sue Barton on September 28, 2020
Although Jim had many contributions to our society and culture, I believe the greatest accomplishment for he and Cora was helping develop their children and grandchildren. Elizabeth, David and Stephen, along with the mates they chose, are among the sweetest and most godly. They love the Lord. I also see this love for God and man playing out in their children, Jim and Cora's grandchildren.

While being a parent myself, I know that one cannot take all the glory for children who grow up and keep the Lord center of their lives nor should we take all the responsibility for a wayward son or daughter who has wandered off the Father's path. However, these consistent visual results seem to say that Jim and Cora must have consistently run their home by godly principles. 

Thank you, Jim and Cora for your example and faithfulness.

Posted by Charles Nettles on September 27, 2020
I guess we met Jim, Cora, and the family in 1977. In all of the years we have known them, they have always sought God's guidance in their lives. Over the years, Jim always worked to grow as a Christian and he wanted to share what he learned with others. I remember him as someone who was serious about his faith but also fun to be around. One of the things I remember about Jim was his laugh. It was always a joy for us to get together with the Halls. In life we make many friends but few are good friends - Jim Hall was a good friend.
Posted by Sylvia DeVine on September 27, 2020
  Ira and I met Jim and Cora around 1979 when they moved to Huntsville. We attended church with Cora's sister, LIbby and her husband, Mike They came to a fish-fry at our house, and we made friends quickly. We spent many precious times together while we raised our children, and they were the first family I ever met who homeschooled. I was so impressed with their children, that I decided to homeschool, and eventually it became my career. Jim and Cora were so practical in their faith. Always transparent, and always ready to go and help anyone in need. They blessed us with that kind help during a difficult time in our lives, and we have never forgotten it. They were sacrificial givers not just of money, but of time and care. 
  We attended 3 different churches together over a period of about 20 years. We grew in the Lord together as our children grew up, married, and we all became grandparents. Jim was a loving father and an amazing grandfather.
Even though we have not had as much time together over the last few years, this friendship remained precious to us. We will miss Jim, but we know that even though he is absent from us, he is present with the Messiah he so loved. We send our love and prayers to all the family. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalms 116:15
Posted by Yemisi Nelson on September 27, 2020
I have known Mr. Jim Hall for many years and have been so grateful for him and his entire family through the years. The many times of encouragement and visiting their home have been some of the most memorable of my life. The last time I spoke to Mr. Hall, we were in his yard and he insisted on giving me a book that I am still digesting the rich content of as we shared and caught up on news of the past year or two with his daughter Elizabeth at his side. Thank you Mr. Hall, Mrs. Hall, Elizabeth and Dennis, David, and Stephen for your generous and lively conversations through the years. 

The Lord bless and keep you all and be gracious unto you during this time of loss and transition. Love you ALL!!!
Posted by Sleep Talker on September 27, 2020
I remember Jim as a passionate man of God. He was always so eager to talk about Biblical truth and how the Father had blessed him in his spiritual awakening. I am grateful for the opportunity to have known Jim. May his memory be a blessing. 
Christy Ellis
Posted by Dominique Johnson-Jones on September 27, 2020
My mom introduced me to Mrs. Hall in December 2018. It has been a pleasure meeting Mr. Hall and becoming his caregiver. It hasn't always been easy, but I knew Mrs. Hall depended on me to get the job done. As the months and year passed, I began to feel like more than a caregiver. Mrs. Hall has become my dear friend. To see Mr. Hall go through the changes in the past month were saddened, but Mrs. Hall continued to be prayerful and encouraged. When I called as usual everyday after work and learned about Mr. Hall being with the Lord, I was devastated, but I kept hearing Mrs. Hall saying, "He's got a new body and is rejoicing with the Lord". I began to smile and give thanks to the Lord. Mr. Hall will be missed, and I know I will see him again one day.
Posted by Russell Pope on September 27, 2020
I will always remember Jim as a godly man who sought to draw others closer to the Father. Years ago when I was just a high school student, I wanted to know more about God and I was looking for a congregation to be a part of. Whenever I found that congregation, Jim was one of the first people to make me feel like I belonged, and his kindness was part of what made that congregation a home. He was always finding ways of teaching me something new, and his kindness and generosity had a great impact on my life. I am very thankful that God allowed me to know Jim and learn from him, and his memory will always be a blessing.
Posted by Carol Baker on September 27, 2020
Though our paths have not crossed in many years. You and your family have left an impact on my life. For a season in our lives we were close and studied the word together at church and in our homes. I do not mourn that you have gone on to a better place, only that I did not get to see your smile one more time. My prayers for peace are with your sweet family.

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Posted by Linda Hubel on October 21, 2020
From our first meeting, shortly before Jim's only brother married my only sister, we have been family. When my big adventure began with Wycliffe Bible Translators, Jim and Cora became my very first financial supporters, giving me the confidence that God would provide; after 45 years, I report that He has! Through the years, I have had occasion to trust Jim's wise counsel in times of crisis, to be encouraged by his hopefulness, to be inspired by his breadth of interests, and to receive his unwavering love and friendship. Now he experiences fully the blessings of Psalm 16:11: "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." May we who remain be over-comers like Jim Hall!. For Cora, David, Elizabeth, Stephen, and family, we send our love, and we pray for comfort from the Holy Spirit and grace from the Lord Jesus to be with you all.
Posted by Thomas Tipton on October 12, 2020
The thing I admired about Jim Hall was he gave priority of the word of GOD over the traditions of men. His walk was a progressive one, changing his life as he learned, not letting his theological training dictate to him over God’s word and from my viewpoint that rarely takes place. Jim’s desire to communicate the word and support the ministry was tried on many occasions by his physical ailments. However, he continued when many would have given up. When his voice was compromised he turned to short teachings that he sent out on e-mail. He was blessed by the Father with the gift to take a teaching that was vast in nature and make it concise enough, to be read in a couple of minutes.
Jim will be missed for his friendship and his wise council.
Posted by Lydia Lee on October 6, 2020
I will never forget the lessons I learned from Uncle Jim. I cherished the lessons on perseverance, tenacity, creativity, history, and family that I learned from him. He was like a father to me in so many ways and he always encouraged me towards trying my best to honour God in my relationships and my daily life. I will truly miss him and the way he demonstrated love to me with great strength and wisdom. I will miss the talks we had about life and family history. I will miss sharing our love of all things Hall China & how he could always teach me something I didn't already know. I love you Uncle Jim and miss you alot.
his Life

From the Wife

Jim was a complex man (and that’s not a downer).

We first met as serious students at the University of Florida, riding home in the same car for a weekend break.  I talked to the driver, and Jim listened in the back seat.  At the end of the ride, I was wishing I’d gotten to know him better.  Little did I know I would have 58 years to get to know him.  I was never bored --- always impressed with the variety of his interests and abilities.  Our first activity together on returning to school was a tennis “date”.  (His serve topped mine.)  That was good!

We studied together.  He always “derived” his formulas on the homework and tests.  That was good!  (I had to memorize mine.)  He was an electrical engineer co-op student at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas.  That was GOOD!  (It demonstrated a good work ethic!)  He was well-mannered and looked like Audie Murphy, my childhood cowboy hero!

He wasn’t forward!  That was good! (That would have frightened me!)  He joined me in singing in the choir on Sunday morning at the Methodist Student Center.  He had a wonderful tenor voice – not professional.  That was good, too, for some reason (mine wasn’t professional, either).

As we hung out together, I realized he was LOYAL!  (and I was checking things off a list I didn’t even know I had!)  Well, he got his master’s degree while waiting for me to finish college (redeeming the time).  That was good!  We had a big wedding, and that same day we struck out for the University of Florida football field to get our degrees.  Then, we headed out for a honeymoon on a dude ranch in Colorado!  He planned the whole trip in beautiful detail.  That was good too, because my family never took trips like that!

Life was good.  Jim loved his work, and I was quitting my job soon to begin a family.

Jim thoroughly enjoyed his lifelong hobby of operating a ham radio.  He eventually used his skills for Asbury College students to contact their missionary parents on the field in South America.  He was a lifelong member of IEEE, keeping up with continuing education in his field.  When computers hit the technical world, he jumped right onto it and took classes and learned new programs to prepare himself for this new world which he loved.

After our first son was born, he had a time of newly reflecting on the seriousness of being a father and all the responsibilities of caring for a family.  It scared him.  This deep reflection led to a spiritual awakening that was quite surprising.  He was searching for what to do with it.  Church leaders said he should go to seminary!  Having every confidence in his decision, I was ready to follow him in this “spiritual adventure”.  (I thought, “That's good!  He’s flexible and fearless.")  This became the most challenging part of our life together.  But God had a plan.  There were about 6 years of growing and drawing near to God in a deeper way which we would never have known under different circumstances.  This journey culminated in a life-changing encounter that fulfilled a desire in Jim which continued to grow for his remaining years – to truly know God.

At some point, he began to progressively lose his ability to speak clearly.  He privately suspected he had had a mini-stroke in his sleep. 

As he neared retirement, he looked forward to teaching the new-found understanding of the Scriptures he had been studying.  He began to express them in one-page writings which he called “Brief Insights”.  They were to be a gift to his children by which to remember him.  Along the way, others read, appreciated, and asked for copies.  This experience fulfilled his later-in-life chance to TEACH!  He had a way of making the Scriptures palatable to those for whom they weren’t.  He became my favorite teacher.  He was not ashamed of the gospel!

He had come a long way from a fine computer programmer who was once assigned the job of creating a program to turn space station urine into palatable water to drink!

From the elder son

My father left a real legacy.   He always sought to serve God as best as he could.   He was strict, but fair, and had a strong sense of justice and wanting to stand up for the underdog.  He sought to use his finite resources to help others in need.   He loved learning, and sought to instill in his children a love of books and education - one of his favorite sayings when I was little was "books are your friends."          

Memories from Elizabeth

Dad cared about rearing us in the “fear and admonition of the Lord”.  We weren’t shuffled off to children’s church: we sat with our parents.  For a while we did church in our living room, taking turns reading sections of scripture, and praying for the Suffering Church.  We attended seminars on family life and Christian principles.  We home-schooled, starting in 1979, before it was legal in Alabama!  Apparently, my parents’ example in this area is what inspired many others in the Huntsville community to homeschool.  What a legacy!

As a small girl, I remember hugs, and “zerbits” on my neck, and sitting on Dad’s lap at the table after supper.  It is heart-warming to know that Dad enjoyed us kids so much he wished he’d had more.  (I took that value and ran with it, huh?)  I remember how excited Dad was about becoming a Grandpa.  He visited us many times in Lawton, OK, to see the little ones, and was thrilled when we finally moved back to Huntsville and settled in their neighborhood.

Many of my interests were nurtured by my dad.  When he let me help flip the Saturday morning pancakes at age nine, he probably sparked my interest in cooking.  He personally taught me piano until I knew all he did, then he paid for me to continue lessons with someone else.  I absolutely loved sitting down with him and banging out Scott Joplin duets.

Dad taught me a bit about taking care of cars.  He walked each of us through how to change a tire.  He taught me the value of paying attention to engine lights by letting me pay for the damage done when I ignored the temperature gauge on a trip home from college!  (I was so close!  After 2 hours with no light, I thought the last 20 minutes wouldn’t hurt.  And that was before cell phones.  Was I just supposed to pull over and sit on the side of the road by myself?!)

Dad taught us absolute honesty.  Even as a teen, I had to report all babysitting and lawnmowing income to the IRS and pay applicable self-employment tax!  And if a stamp ever made it through the mail without being cancelled, we didn’t reuse it, we threw it away.

Dad set an example of following God whole-heartedly.   When he found Christ as a young adult, he left an engineering career to attend seminary and serve God.  Dissatisfied with church politics behind the scenes, he left that to explore Christian community life.  Then he led the family in several years of pursuing the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.  Later, he embraced Torah-keeping as a loving act of obedience to God.  I respect the fact that what he did, he did whole-heartedly.

It was very difficult to see how my Dad was a victim of the aging process.  Strokes left him with altered personality.  I am so glad to know he is now free from suffering.  Now he does not see “through a glass darkly”.  He sees Christ face to face.  He is singing “Holy, holy, holy” before the throne of God.  I look forward to meeting Dad in eternity, the glorious completed personality that God created him to be!

Recent stories

A memory from the oldest daughter (now age 8) of Stephen:

Shared by Stephen Hall on October 4, 2020
When I was four, my family and I went to Huntsville and visited Grandma and Grandpa.  It was just before lunchtime when I walked into the house to get some water.  Grandpa was sitting there eating chips and hummus.  He asked me if I wanted some.  I said “Yes!” and climbed up on his lap.  We sat there happily munching together.  Now, every time I eat chips and hummus, it reminds me of him.  He gave me great smiles, and I miss him a lot.

Early Friends with Jim & Cora at Manhattan UMC – Late 1960’s – Tampa, FL

Shared by John Counter on September 28, 2020
Jim was assigned to our church as an assistant pastor after graduation from Asbury Seminary. He was relatively young, relatively quite or soft-spoken, but revealed a deep love and winsome thirst for the Word, spiritual truth, and Christian growth and maturity. This became the foundation and common denominator of our personal relationship. My wife, Mary Charlotte, and I had recently experienced a Lay Witness Weekend at Manhattan UMC and both had responded to the invitation to receive Jesus as Savor and Lord. So, we were young believers trying to find our way spiritually and had lots to learn. The Counter’s and Hall’s were destined to walk these early days as believers together. Of course, overtime, we have learned this quest is never ending. in this life.

The Hall’s lived in the church parsonage and our two growing families shared many hours and precious times together in home bible studies and watching Elizabeth and David grow and mature (later Stephen) along with our three children, Melinda, Keith and Kelly. We often marveled at David’s creative interest in developing and distributing a neighborhood newsletter and Elizabeth’s focused interest on becoming a mother. Both childhood expressions produced amazing results and success in adult life. Jim and Cora were always remarkable and unique parents. The focus was constantly on the family.

Jim was reassigned by the Florida Conference to Lawtey United Methodist Church as Senior Pastor. I recall visiting with Jim and Cora at Lawtey shortly after they moved there. Lawtey was a small town and the church was steeped with members basking in the “traditions of man”. This assignment underscored Jim’s concern with church politics and demonstrated how the family traditions make the Word of no avail. As I recall, this experience quailed Jim’s interest and tenure in the traditional-denominational church ministry. Jim returned to a secular job and found spiritual fulfillment in alternative ways.

Our two families stayed in touch and usually visited once a year when the Hall family visited with Cora’s family in Florida. A highlight of our friendship was attending the wedding of Elizabeth and Dennis and then staying in-touch via their family Christmas newsletter. I must say that Jim and Cora both were excellent with their own Holiday letters. This correspondence kept our family appraised of the growth and development of the extended family of Jim and Cora Hall.

My heart was heavy in recent years to know of Jim’s declining physical health. I also praise Cora for the heroic and loving support she offered Jim. I know it was a heavy, difficult, and trying assignment, but one she faced with grace, faith, and courage!

Stephen, thanks for your phone call last evening to let me know of your dad’s passing. He is now home, completely healed and praising the Lord. Cora, be well, be at peace.

Love and Blessings,

John Counter

Many, many years from now

Shared by Mario Levetto on September 28, 2020
Jim and I both graduated from Seabreeze High School (Daytona Beach) in 1960. We both graduated from the University of Florida but we had already lost contact. We exchanged some emails about 10 years ago and I remember that he wrote that he enjoyed picking his bass guitar at local jam sessions and was very proud of his family – values and relationships.

Anonymous England-based street artist/writer/etc ,“Banksy”, wrote : “I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later, when somebody says your name for the last time.”

RIP Jim, your second time will be many, many years from now.

Mario