C. Barry Hall of Monticello, departed this life on July 15, 2021 at The Woods of Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center. He was 76.
He was born November 9, 1944, in Searcy, to the late Cleatous and Gloanna Hall. He was married to the former Annette Kellum, who preceded him in death in 2009.
Mr. Hall graduated from Arkansas A&M (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) in 1965, with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Science. He earned a Master of Science in Education Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1971.
Immediately after graduating from Arkansas A&M, he and Annette were hired by the Crossett School District as teachers, where he taught Jr. High P.E. and science. In 1967, he went to the Drew Central School District as the elementary principal. After one year, he moved to the high school, where he served as principal until 1972.
In 1972, Mr. Hall went to the Monticello School District as high school principal, where he served until 1994. After 22 years at the high school, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. In the 1996-97 school year, the Monticello School Board asked him to serve as interim superintendent. During his one year as interim superintendent, he brought a sense of positive morale and stability to the district, which was recognized by administrators, faculty, students, and the community as a whole. Afterward, he remained as assistant superintendent until his retirement in 2002. After announcing his retirement, he was asked to return to the district as the athletic director, which he did for another 13 years. He fully retired in 2015 after a career in education that spanned 50 years, 43 of which were in the Monticello District.
Outside of work, Mr. Hall was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, but his true love was crappie fishing. He fished year-round at every opportunity. He was also a very good gardener, raising vegetables that he loved to freeze, can, and share with his family and friends.
He was a member of the Oak Grove Assembly of God, serving the church as a deacon for 54 years. He also served the church as Sunday school superintendent and song leader. Of all the areas he served in the church, his most enjoyment came from teaching the adult Sunday School class, which he did faithfully for 44 years.
Survivors include two sons, Dane Hall of Monticello and Christopher Todd Hall of Henderson, Nevada; two grandchildren, Garrett Hall of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Abigail Wade (Grayson) of Sherwood. He is also survived by a special friend and companion, Pat Ferrell, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be held Sunday, July 18, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.
A funeral service will be held Monday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Assembly of God Church in Monticello. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.