D. Hal Averett
April 13, 1949 – November 28, 2018
David Harold Averett (Hal) passed away at his beloved Lake Harding home surrounded by his family, friends, and dogs on November 28, 2018.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM at The First Baptist Church of Columbus. Family will receive friends after the service in the Fellowship Hall at The First Baptist Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Averett Memorial Fund at First Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia or the David Mincey Averett Fund, Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.
He is survived by his wife, Gina Philips Averett, his daughter, Anna Averett Johnson (Tyler), his son, Harry Philips Averett (Stephanie), and his dog, Mildred. He is preceded in death by his son, David Mincey Averett, his mother, Eloise Averett, and his father, Jack Monroe Averett, Sr. He is also survived by a host of relatives including his brother, Jack Monroe Averett, Jr., nieces and nephews; Will Averett (Brandi), Jay Averett (Erin), Kate Averett Kiekhaefer (Mike), Katharine Douglas Taylor (Craig), Philip Douglas (Marcie), great nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws,and others who were privileged to call him family.
He was born April 13th, 1949 in Savannah, Georgia. He grew up in Columbus, Georgia, where he quickly began leaving his indelible fingerprints on everyone he met. He attended Wynnton Elementary and graduated from Columbus High. He went on to attend Georgia Tech studying Architecture, and graduated from the University of Georgia. After graduation, he served in the Peace Corps, working in Central and South America, before returning to Columbus to lay the foundation for his custom home building firm, D. Hal Averett Contracting, Inc.
His love of Columbus is evident through his involvement and influence in numerous community organizations and projects including, but not limited to, Columbus Scholars, Safe House, Trinity House, Open Door Community House, VIP, IFM, Trees Columbus, and many others. He was instrumental in the creation of the Riverdale-Porterdale Cemetery Foundation. A lifelong member of First Baptist Church, he lived his faith through service as a deacon and as an influential member of numerous church-affiliated committees and organizations. His commitment to servant leadership reached around the world, with active projects across South and Central America, Liberia, and wherever else he felt the call.
Hal found great joy in spending time with his family and friends who were like family. The venues for his discussions on life ranged from living rooms, to homeless shelters, from street corners to country clubs, and everywhere in between. It has been said that he spoke to the mayor and the homeless person on the street with the same deference and respect, and there are many who have seen that in person. He had the uncanny ability to make people feel important, valued, and understood. When Hal took the time to bring himself joy, he was on the water. He loved to water ski, and shared the joy of the sport with as many people as he could. He always considered travel to be the best education for himself and for his family, and he continued that education throughout his life, especially relishing shared experiences with others. Of course, he had a particular interest in architectural destinations when he traveled for pleasure, but he always wanted to acquaint himself with the local culture, especially during his mission projects.
Hal Averett was the embodiment of stewardship and servant leadership. He was not just a leader in architectural development, but was a spiritual guide, shaping the faith of many friends, family members, and acquaintances. He loved children, taking special care to remind each one that they are special and have great potential, regardless of where they came from. As the children he knew aged, he spoke to them as the adults they were, and never lost that uplifting sense of care. He had a strange magnetism where any living thing seemed to love him, especially dogs, and he could quiet a crying baby with his genuine smile. His authenticity extended to all, whether you’d known him for a lifetime or met him once.
Hal Averett was a bright light on this earth, and his presence will be sorely missed. Those who were fortunate enough to know him or had the privilege to call him family will be tasked with carrying his light forward in the years to come.
Condolences can be offered to the family at www.shcolumbus.com
- Gina Philips Averett, Wife
- Anna (Tyler) Averett Johnson, Daughter
- Harry (Stephanie) Philips Averett, Son
- Jack Monroe Averett Jr., Brother
- Will (Brandi) Averett, Nephew
- Jay (Erin) Averett, Nephew
- Kate (Mike) Averett Kiekhaefer, Niece
- Katharine (Craig) Philip Douglas, Niece
- Philip (Marcie) Douglas, Nephew
- Mildred Averett, Dog
- Jack Monroe Averett Sr., Father (deceased)
- Eloise Averett, Mother (deceased)
- David Mincey Averett, Son (deceased)
- Mr. Averett also leaves behind great nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends to cherish his loving memory.
Averett Memorial Fund at First Baptist
P.O. Box 828, Columbus, Georgia 31902
The David Mincey Averett Fund Community Foundation of Chattahoochee Valley
1340 13 Street, Columbus, Georgia 31901
Monday, December 3, 2018
D. Hal Averett
Debra Hartman Hartman
January 6, 2019
Gina I'm so sorry for your loss! I met you and Hal when I used to take care of David, Anna Katherine and Harry at St. Paul MMO. Y'all were always so nice and your children were so sweet! All of you are in my prayers!
December 5, 2018
Hal was not just a client, but a friend.
I would mention canoeing or the Flint River and Hal would reminiscence to the time he lived in Thomaston and would canoe the Flint with his dog perched in the bow.
Many years ago, Hal had a station wagon as his "company vehicle". I was riding with him one day. Hal had to interrupt our conversation to handle some item. He told me, "My mind is like a rolodex. If I don't handle it right now, the rolodex will flip around to another item."
I will miss Hal in this realm. I look forward to seeing him again.
Peace Corps Association
December 4, 2018
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Hal, but grateful for his service to our nation with the Peace Corps.
The National Peace Corps Association
NAN FORTSON O'CONNOR
December 3, 2018
Hal was probably around 4 when the Averetts moved to Preston Drive across the street from us. From playing in the neighborhood to car pooling at CHS to becoming a wonderful builder to getting married to having a baby to seeing him often in Florida, Hal is a part of my life. Hal always seemed to just POP IN at special times. One memory I have so clearly is the day I was visiting in Columbus. The doorbell rang and there was Hal. “Hey Fortson,” followed by a big hug. He told me he and Gina were having a Baby. With gleaming eyes and much excitement, he told me he could not believe there was a real baby inside!! Hal was in awe of LIFE.
And of course, there is the loving care he took of his wonderful parents. Who could not be impressed!!??
I have printed out the list of “LIVING A LITTLE MORE LIKE HAL.” It is on my refrigerator.
Love to ALL,
December 2, 2018
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Clifton and Nancy Fay
December 2, 2018
I am so sorry to have learned of Hal's passing. I have been a tenant of his for almost 3 years now. Once I became a tenant, he would occasionally walk his dog near my work and always poke his head in the door to say hello. He was always so upbeat and friendly. I am so blessed to have known Hal for the short time that I did. My deepest condolences to his family. I hope that God will wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time.
Don and Evelyn Howard
December 1, 2018
As dear friends, we want the family to know how sorry we are for your loss.
Your loss is Heaven's gain.
Our prayers are that God will continue to heal your hearts and always remember the wonderful years you all had together.
We pray for strength and peace for the family as only God can give.
Love and Prayers,
Don and Evelyn Howard
November 30, 2018
Hal was a friend for life. I can remember playing many times at his home off of Macon Road growing up. We didn't see each other frequently after graduating from high school, but when we did, it was as if we had not been apart at all. Hal was genuine in all he did, and one of the finest people I've been privileged to know. All who knew him will feel is loss keenly. My sincere condolences to his family.