Howard William Hall Jr.


MOULTRIE- Howard William Hall Jr., 93, Moultrie, died Sunday, April 15, 2018. Graveside services with military honors, will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Pinecrest Memory Gardens with the Rev. Hugh Ward officiating. The family will greet friends following the service.
Born February 24, 1925 in Moultrie, Howard was a graduate of Moultrie High School and one of the town's first eagle scouts. Howard spent his freshman year at North Georgia College in Dahlonega. World War II was in progress, and immediately after becoming 18 years old he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp as an aviation cadet for pilot training. He received his silver wings at Altus Army Air Field, Oklahoma, on August 4, 1944, and became a second lieutenant at age 19. After combat training in Nebraska and Colorado, he was deployed to the 459th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force as co-pilot of a B-24 heavy bomber based in Italy. Howard flew 10 combat bombing missions against the German war machine before the end of World War II. Later he served in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Major.
Upon separation from the armed forces after WWII, Mr. Hall returned to college at the University of Georgia, joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and graduated in 1948 with a degree in Business Administration. While at the university he met his future wife Sarah Elizabeth (Betty) Williford from Eatonton.
After working in accounting for many years, Mr. Hall spent the last 28 years of his career as Vice President of Plant Telephone Company in Tifton, commuting from Moultrie.
Mr. Hall will be remembered as a kindhearted, ethical, and generous man. He was often described as being a southern gentleman. He loved dogs, photography, hunting, fishing and conservation, crediting his love of nature to his father and his years as a Boy Scout. Howard and Betty loved to travel internationally with the Georgia Alumni Society and cherished their friends. The Halls actively supported the Moultrie Humane Society from its founding, and were lifelong fans of the UGA Bulldogs, ringing an old farm bell in their backyard to mark the score every time the Dawgs won. They were members of First Presbyterian Church in Moultrie.
He was preceded in death by his parents Howard William Hall, Sr. and Lois Agnes Bell Hall; his wife Betty; and by his brother Jack Hall. Survivors include daughter Haley Hall Hyatt and her husband Barry of Valdosta; grandson Dr. Mark Howard Blanchard and his wife Diane of Moultrie; sister Mary Ann Christian of Brunswick; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Moultrie Humane Society or to First Presbyterian Church of Moultrie.
Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

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