Rev. Powell Hall Jr.


Rev. Powell Hall Jr.
retired pastor

NASHVILLE — The Rev. Powell Storrs Hall, Jr., 79, died, Oct. 18, 2008.

Services were held Oct. 24 at West End United Methodist Church. Inurnment followed in the West End UMC columbarium. Arrangements were handled by Hermitage Funeral Home of Old Hickory.

Rev. Hall served as a United Methodist minister from 1954 to 1993, in Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey and West Virginia. He was recently honored as one of the 28 ministers who signed the "Born of Conviction" statement protesting racism in Mississippi in 1963.

An avid amateur astronomer and musician, Rev. Hall served as president of the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society and sang in the West End sanctuary choir. He was a frequent lecturer on astronomy and biblical scholarship.

Survivors include: wife of 55 years, Julia Hewitt Hall; sons, Dr. John Storrs Hall and Edwin Hall; daughters, Cathy Shelton, Dr. Miriam Berele and Jacqueline Hall-Williams; brothers, Dr. H. Gaston Hall and John William Hall; and nine grandchildren.