James Cecil Hall
1919 - 2018
"Old Artists Never Die, They Just Fade Away"
James "Jim" Cecil Hall, age 98, a resident of Mangum, Oklahoma, passed away January 8, 2018, at Grace Living Center of Mangum.
Mr. Hall was born November 2, 1919, in Clovis, New Mexico, to Joseph C. and Lena (Armstrong) Hall. The family moved back to Mangum two years later where “Jim” entered the Mangum Public Schools in 1926, graduating with the MHS Class of 1938. He was Art Editor of the 1938 yearbook, an outstanding assembly of Mangum school history.
Jim was the second of five children born to his parents. His mother, Lena, died in 1936 when Jim was seventeen years old and entering his junior year of high school. He worked for his father who was owner of Hall's Mattress Shop and Hall's Scrap Iron located on South Court Street. Jim’s young life was spent at the ‘old country club’ lake south of town. He often said those were the happiest days of his life and maybe the only happy times of his life. He fished and hunted and was a golf caddie there along with brother, Zane.
Jim's father taught him how to shoot and hunt and he was an avid sportsman as long as he could drive. Jim spent his entire life enjoying dealing in firearms and attending gun shows. His other life long occupation was as a free lance artist doing art shows in several states. He also was a charter member of the neon sign business beginning in Tucumcari, New Mexico, were his signs still stand today. He received a plaque with a key to the City of Altus in 1975 from Hoyt Shadid, Mayor, for holding an art show there. It read: “Recognized for contribution to the culture of our great nation”.
In 2010, Jim moved back to Mangum and bought the south half of the Old Country Club Lake property for the thrill of once again having a stake in Greer County. At age 91, Jim found time to draw a detailed map of the old Country Club golf course and copies were distributed to his coffee crowd at the Hamburger Inn. He had a photographic memory.
In 1941, Jim married Margaret Maupin. She died in child birth after delivering a healthy son, James Everett Hall. 'Jamie' was raised by his Maupin grandparents. At the time of his wife’s death, Jim was employed as an Assistant English Instructor at a college in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and went on active duty. He received an Honorable Discharge as Private Hall, Technical School Squadron, at Scott Field, Illinois, on 20th February, 1943.
Secondly, Jim married Lillian Bedwell at Tulsa, Oklahoma. A son Richard S. Hall was born to that union in 1946.
About 1950, Jim married Bette Cruickshank; they resided in New Mexico and Florida during their marriage. Two children were born to this union: Zane and Amanda. Bette died of cancer in 1977.
In 1981, Jim married Frances Jahn, and they spent their entire married life in New Mexico, primarily Aztec, where they were both active golfers, playing in tournaments all over the world. They also took two African safaris in their 80’s. They traveled extensively by ship and plane until just a few years before Ms. Hall’s death in Dec. 2010, at the age of 94.
Feeling alone and needing family, Jim decided to return to Mangum, where he called home. His son Richard, drove him to Mangum and Jim’s sisters, Joy, Bonnie and Nancy (Hall) and his brother-in-law, C. W. Grant, became his main care givers. They helped him find and buy property, found skilled workers to set up his new residence, and shop for furniture, etc. Many hours of dedicated work came from Thurman White and Kevin Adams who became part of Jim’s family.
Mr. Hall became a life time member of the Mangum Education Foundation in 2015 and was generous with donations to the Old Greer County Museum and St. Jude's Children's' Hospital.
No memorial service will be held. Greer’s Funeral Home is handling the cremation. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery in the Hall family plot next to Jim's mother, brother, aunt, uncle and grandparents, Samuel B. and Idalia (Wright) Hall, early day pioneers in Greer County, Texas.
Honorary pallbearers: Joe Head, Terry Higgins, Thurman White, Byron Kelley, Wes Webb, Kevin Adams, Tom Clark, Dink Wicker, Lee Caffey, Leon Hood, Don Cross and C. W. Grant.
Preceding Jim in death were his wives, parents, his step mother, Inez V. Hall; sister, Helen Hall Cross, and three brothers: Jerry Hall, Zane Hall, and John Hall .
Survivors are his four children: James E. Hall and wife Lois, California; Richard Hall-Martin and wife, Texas; Zane J. Hall, Washington; Amanda Hall Holloway, Texas. Grand children: Justin Hall, Margaret Lynn Martin, Scott Allen Martin, Joseph Lee Hall-Sanders, Christy Lynn Hall-Clothier; three great grand children: Kent, Brock and Asher; three sisters: Joy Hall Grant, Bonnie Hall Smith and Nancy Hall Burton, all of Mangum; step-brother, Gerry Richards-Hall, California, and step-daughter, Joanne Montgomery, New Mexico, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.