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Dr. Donald Emerson Hall

August 15, 1927December 18, 2012

HALL, Dr. DONALD age 85, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Court St., United Methodist Church, 225 W. Court St., Flint, MI. Reverends Robert Wright and John 'Jack' Harnish will be officiating. Interment at Flint Memorial Park to follow Service. Visitation Friday, December 28,2012, 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Rd., Grand Blanc, MI. and 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the Church. Donald was born August 15, 1927 in Detroit, MI. to parents Ralph and Helen (Hanna) Hall. He was raised on Detroit’s West Side and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1945. The thirteen years that followed were spent in the U.S. Coast Guard at the end of WWII, in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and in New York City. While Don was working in New York City with an advertising agency, he attended Billy Graham’s first crusade at Madison Square Garden and it was then that he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. In 1958 Don entered Boston University School of Theology. He graduated as an elder in 1962 and took his first appointment as a Methodist Minister at Campbell Avenue Church in Detroit. He married Judith Rae McCausland in June of the same year. Over the next 30 years Don ministered at the following appointments: Campbell Avenue UMC 1962, the Methodist Radio Parish, WMRP, Flint 1967, Flint UMC 1971, Oxford UMC 1973, Court St. UMC 1977, and Mt. Morris UMC 1986. In 1985 Don received his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University School of Theology. During the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s Don was active in the Flint area radio and broadcasting community. He was the radio commercial voice of Koegel Meats, Skaff Furniture, Hamady and Kessel grocery chains, Paramount Potato Chips, The Diamond Exchange, Garber Buick, and Bay City Marina. In addition to his involvement in broadcasting, Don enjoyed several hobbies including playing the guitar, reading, writing, swimming, camping, and cheering for U of M sports teams. Don joins his beautiful wife Judy Hall in Heaven who passed away November of 2011. He is survived by his four children; Jeannette Hall, Michael Hall, Maria Hall, Joseph Hall (and Kelly Buchanan), and nine grandchildren; Ashley Hall, Tyler Hall, Harmony Swayne, Noah Swayne, Izabel Swayne, Catherine Leone, Willow Hall, Kylie Buchanan, Mason Buchanan and many nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Condolences may be left on-line at www.brownfh.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Funeral Services

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

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December 28, 2012

Don is truly in heaven with his Judy, Judy was so supportive during my husband's journey with ALZ also, they will be remember for their loving hearts and concern for their fellow man. My blessings go out to the family. A friend from the ALZ group., Gail Spence

Ginny Smith

December 28, 2012

Don was a blessing to have at Court Street Methodist where he related so well with all! I still recall how talented he was musically and I have good memories of him singing and playing his guitar. In addition to church, I always felt like I knew Don through Judy...what a wonderful couple! They lived their faith loving their family and serving others.

Marsha (Goldfarb) McLean

December 28, 2012

Jenny, Joe, Mike and Maria: I just heard. You know how wonderful both your parents were and how very blessed the world was by their lives. Your dad was always wonderful, always caring and kind, truly a good man. My thoughts are with you all.

Tracy Poisson

December 27, 2012

Michael,Jenny, Joe and Maria ~
I am so sorry you will no longer have your dad's presence here on Earth, but rejoice for your mother.
May you find peace and comfort knowing that they are together again.
Much love to you and your children,

December 26, 2012

Don and Judy, what a precious couple, talented, gifted, with such servant hearts! Wonderful memories with them at Central Methodist Church, in Co-Op Nursery and Methodist camping programs. Especially we will always remember how they treasured family. Our hearts go out to you, Jenny, Mike, Joe and Maria. God bless you, each one.

Norma and Gordon Snowden, Traverse City, MI

Warren Coon

December 23, 2012

I knew Don when he was the program director at WMRP, He was the kindest and polite person and a great on air guy, even tho he did't like country music when I D.J.'ed during his time at WMRP, he tolerated it, His Favorited music was on the FM side, especially music by Montovante. I miss all of the good people from WMRP, especially Don

Dallas Dort

December 22, 2012

It was such a privilege to know Don and to work with him over many years. His voice was a gift, perfect for radio and television voice-overs (because he was a minister, he always declined to appear in commercials on camera), but what really made Don's voice special was the personality and character that came along with it. What a good man. We all simply adored him.

Shirley Banas

December 21, 2012

Judy always spoke so highly of Don when we worked together at Mott Adult High School. You children and grandchildren have many pleasant memories of your parents, I'm sure. They were both wonderful people.

Dave Barber

December 21, 2012

To the family and friends of Don Hall:

I didn't know Dr. Hall personally, but I felt like I did. His voice filled my radio and television speakers for years.

Godspeed to his soul.

MaryAnn & Bob McElheron

December 21, 2012

I knew Don and Judy when they first came to Flint and Judy worked as a preschool teacher with the Cooperative Nurseries. Don was at Court St. Methodist transferring to Mt Morris after that assignment. They were a joy to have as friends. To all their Children, you are in our prayers and know how much we care.

FROM THE FAMILY