Obituary-Thomas “Tommy” F. Hall

Published 9:21 pm Monday, January 15, 2024

Thomas “Tommy” F. Hall

Thomas “Tommy” F. Hall, 85, a resident of Goshen, passed away peacefully at Crenshaw Community Hospital on Monday, Jan. 8. Funeral services for Tommy were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, from the Chapel of Turners Funeral Home with Rev. Neil Epler officiating. Interment followed in Elam Cemetery in Goshen with Turners Funeral Home of Luverne directing. The family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday for one hour prior to the service. 

Tommy was a proud graduate of Troy University where he received degrees in both Business and “Jimmie Lila,” given that he only went to Troy because his sweetheart, and the love of his life, told him they could attend Troy together or she was headed to Auburn by herself! They were married in 1959, and Tommy then went off to join the Army Air National Guard, which he served in for six years. He started his working career as a salesman at General Foods but soon moved over to Johnson Wax, where he worked faithfully for the next 30 years. Sales was truly the perfect job for Tommy given his outgoing personality that craved being around people. He truly loved getting to spend time with such a wide variety of people as he traveled to different stores over the years. He was just the kind of guy everyone loved, and he was indeed truly loved by everyone who knew him. 

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Tommy may have graduated from Troy, but he was a huge Crimson Tide fan at heart throughout his life. In his free time, he enjoyed activities that involved social settings like square dancing. Oh, and you better believe that he ALWAYS had a project going wherever he was, so you always had to be wary of invitations to visit because he was likely planning to keep you busy the entire time you were “visiting!” Tommy had a great sense of humor that usually shined best when he was playing pranks on the people he loved the most. Besides his humor, he was famous in the family for two things: collecting every bit of family history he could get his hands on, and the guarantee that NONE of what he collected or possessed was organized in any shape, form, or fashion! His lack of organizational skills notwithstanding, Tommy was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather who meant the world and more to his family and friends. The mood was nearly guaranteed to be lighter whenever he was around, and his presence will be much missed now that he is gone. Throughout his life, he was a faithful Christian, worshiping with Eastern Hills Baptist Church when they lived in Montgomery and then Glenwood Methodist Church when they moved closer to home, so his family can be comforted by the knowledge that he is now safe in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and square dancing with his beloved Jimmie Lila!

Tommy was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Jimmie Lila Talley Hall; parents, James Forney and Beulah Ross Folmar Hall; and siblings, Don Hall and Yvonne True. He is survived by his children, Gloria (Mark) Pickens and Doug (Tammy) Hall; grandchildren, Avery Pickens, Reid Pickens, and Victoria Hall; sister, Elaine Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends. 

Active pallbearers will be Doug Hall, Mark Pickens, Reid Pickens, Barry Vines, Bart Snyder, and Jeff Warren. 

The family requests that any memorial donations be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association or Habitat for Humanity.