Bennie Hall Jr.

Published 6:00 pm Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bennie Hall Jr., 75, of Jayess, passed away May 21, 2010, at hishome.

Visitation was Saturday, May 22, beginning at 5 p.m. at Powell’sGrove Pentecostal Church in Jayess until services at 2 p.m. Sundayat the church. Bro. Ronnie Turner and Bro. Jeff Garner willofficiate with burial following at Powell’s Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Hall was born May 12, 1935, in Bogue Chitto. He was the sonof the late Bennie Hall Sr. and Clara Hall Martin.

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Bennie Hall had a very interesting and sometimes exciting life.He was the seventh son of Bennie Hall Sr., sometimes called”Barefoot Bennie” of Bogue Chitto. He helped work the garden, tendthe numerous animals they had, helped make syrup, grind corn, andhelped in the logging business. At 17, he went to work at BoonesBroom Factory in Bogue Chitto. A little while later, he and a closefriend, Monette Moak, hitch-hiked to New Orleans and went to workfor a seismograph company in the swamps of south Louisiana.

A couple of years later, he went to Chicago to work at BethlehemSteel Mill. He started out sweeping floors but it didn’t take longbefore he was learning to weld. Bennie always worked hard and hedid his best. He worked in the steel mill for eight years, then hemoved back to Mississippi and worked on land rigs and offshoredrilling.

After he left the oilfield, he hauled hay and pulpwood. He builthis own hay loader and pulpwood loader. In the mid-1970s, Powell’sGrove Church decided to build a new church and he bought the oldchurch. He moved the building to Highway 44 and made his home thereso he could be near the church he loved. That was the beginning ofhis house moving business. In 1982, he moved the Catholic Churchthat was located in Rodney to the Grand Gulf Park in Port Gibson.In 1983, he moved the Chamberland Hunt Teachers residence acrossthe road from the school. It was a three-story building.

He did a lot of things that people said could not be done. Hetraveled, ran his own business, and raised a large family withoutever learning to read or write. Bennie Jr. loved his family andloved his church. He was a faithful member of Powell’s GrovePentecostal Church.

Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his parents; brothers,Prentiss, Larry, and John Henry Hall; sisters, Tillitha Hall Moak,Mamie Pat Hall Jennings, Nancy Jane Hall Peyregne; and agranddaughter, Jessica Hall.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Ann Wedgeworth Hall; sonsand daughters-in-law, Jerry Hall and Kelly, of Crystal Springs,Jacky Hall and Cindy, of Monticello, Ernest Milum and Kristy, ofJayess, and Stephen Hall and Leigh of Jayess; daughters andsons-in-law, Shanne Boyd, Sylvia Milum Thornhill and Wayne, ofJayess, Joy Hall Pate and Micheal, of Jayess, and Sandy Hall Naquinand A.J., of Jayess; brothers, Neal, Weems, Quincy and Jimmy Hall;sisters, Essie McCay, Bennie Lou Blakney, Earline Carlisle,Margaret Williams, Rita Hall, Gloria Mercier, Martha Avants, andHattie Morris; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Rutland, Cecil Passman, CharlieHodges, Wayne Thornhill, Micheal Pate, and A. J. Naquin.

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