Harold Hall III

December 2, 1942June 5, 2017

Harold Garrett Hall III of Oak Island NC died on June 5, 2017 at the age of 74.

The son of Harold and Ruth Hall, he was born in Scranton PA. Harold (Bud) graduated from high school in Binghamton NY, and from Colgate University where he ran cross country and was treasurer of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He received his MA in business and public administration from the University of Missouri followed by four years in the USAF (Air Force Accounting). He was employed by Cornell University as Business Manager in the Department of Athletics for 10 years. Subsequently he joined the staff of UNC Greensboro Department of Athletics and retired as Senior Associate Director after 20 years. Bud also served as men’s golf coach for 11 years and was twice designated as conference coach of the year. He was an avid participant in sports and a man with a remarkable memory. He shared stories of finishes with precise detail as a championship college runner, and golf enthusiast on holes played years before. He recalled statistics and outcomes of many sports he followed. He kept stats mostly for himself in retirement. He enjoyed watching sports and was a fan of the Red Sox, Tar Heels, Jeff Gordon, and Tiger Woods, keeping detailed track of their statistics the old-fashioned way, by writing them down. His handwriting was meticulous with printing he was taught by his grandfather, the original Harold G. Hall. With his training, experience and fascination with numbers he made detailed personal lists of many things. Bud was also a collector. He once gathered over a thousand golf score cards, and was delighted to gift them to another collector. He succeeded in amassing an outstanding compilation of 90’s great female country artists, listening to many with headphones, and was happy to know several nephews 20-something would take them all. Together with his children for years he collected baseball cards, and later into his 70’s still focused on the hunt, he honed in on minor league teams. Bud’s professional and personal style was marked by witty humor.

After retirement he continued to joke and converse with folks he met in the community, and white-bearded, he could be greeted in December with a list for Santa. So many people shared good times with him as family member, friend and coach. A special note of thanks is given to the staff of NHRMC Home Health, Lower Cape Fear Palliative Care and Hospice Care.

He is survived by his wife June, Oak Island NC, daughter Lisa (Joshua) Crook, Bolivia NC, son Geoffrey (Caitlin) Hall, Ft. Myers FL, sister Alison (Jeffrey) Payne, Treasure Island FL, sister-in-law Janice Shaw (Wayne) Bartell, Hubert NC, grandchildren Michael, Nathan and Grace Crook, and nephews Tyler, Troy, Jase and Jacob Payne. He is also survived by nephew Brian Grennell, Dallas TX, niece Kristan Simon, Clifton Park NY, nephew Matthew Grennell, Ft. Worth TX, and close family member Ruth Grennell Brooktondale NY. He was predeceased by his parents, and sister-in-law Diane and husband Michael Grennell, Nairobi Kenya.

To honor his wishes, family members will gather in the Blue Ridge Mountains at a later date to celebrate his life and the deep and lasting impact he had on our hearts and memories.

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Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service in Southport, North Carolina is assisting the family.


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Steven Luckner

July 3, 2017

I had the pleasure of playing golf for Coach Hall from 1989 - 1992. I considered him not only a coach but a friend. We spent many a long ride to golf tournaments talking about numerous topics. I remember him very fondly and I was saddened to hear of his passing. What a great guy!

Steven Luckner