Joe Benjamin Hall was born March 29, 1928 east of Beggs, Oklahoma to Ethel (Lee) and Addison Hall and died on June 6, 2017 in Tahlequah at the age of 89. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 at the age of 17 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor Naval Base working in the submarine service. Following his discharge, he returned to Beggs to finish high school. He graduated from Oklahoma A & M College in 1953 with a degree in agriculture education. Following graduation, he took a teaching position in Illinois and spent 30 years teaching vocational agriculture at Paw Paw, Lostant, and Putnam County High Schools. He completed his masters degree at Oklahoma State University in 1967. Following retirement he traveled throughout the Southwest and accepted a teaching position at Western New Mexico University. He enjoyed hearing from former students with the most recent visit in April of this year.
He married his wife of 67 years, Mamie Sivadon, on December 26, 1949 in Mounds, Oklahoma. After retiring from teaching, they relocated to Hulbert, OK where they built a home along Double Spring Creek. They became active in civic projects and were instrumental in establishing the Hulbert Library, Senior Citizens Center and recognition for Hulbert as an Oklahoma Certified City. Joe served as mayor of Hulbert and was a member of the Eastern Oklahoma Development District. He also participated as a silver-haired legislator and was a member of the Hulbert United Methodist Church. Joe enjoyed his hobby farm, walking his dogs, feeding the birds, reading newspapers, participating in the book club, and being with his grandchildren. Even after being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis he continued to strive to live life to the fullest.
He is survived by his wife, Mamie, and sister Ann Hutchison of Tulsa; four children, Joye (Gerald) Norris of Springfield, MO; Kimberly Hall of Colorado Springs, CO, Mary Jane Coon of Charleston, IL and Randall (Terri) Hall of El Reno, OK, and four grandchildren Derek (Nicole) Hall of Guthrie, Kayla (Zach) Seifert of Guthrie, OK, Max Rubenacker of Denver, CO and Jackson Norris and fiancé Bailey Eubanks of Ozark, MO.; great-grandchildren Braden Hall, Bryson Hall, Scout Evans, Tatum Evans, Maddox Seifert, Jackson Eubanks and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, John, Dean, and Jack and sister Edna Jewel.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 at the Hulbert United Methodist Church. He will be interred at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Friends of the Hulbert Library, PO Box 359, Hulbert, OK 74441.
Published on June 8, 2017