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Joe Charles Hall
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A devoted husband, father, and grandfather and great grandfather, Joe Charles Hall was known as a great quail hunter, avid fisherman, bountiful gardener and patient caretaker for others. Joe was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on November 11, 1930 to Virgle Lee and Irene [Sullivan] Hall. His family moved to Oklahoma City where he grew up and attended school. He was a 1949 graduate of Central High School. Later, he met the love of his life, Aileen [Hill] at the local drug store where she worked at the soda fountain. Aileen was still in high school, so when the couple decided to marry her senior year, in order to get her dad’s blessing Joe promised her Dad that she would finish school. They married March 3, 1951 and celebrated 66 years of a happy life together. Like many young men in those years, Joe was in the Army where he advanced to corporal rank. Though the US was involved in the Korean War, Joe’s overseas Army tour was in Alaska where he taught new recruits to drive trucks and ran experiments to show how cold temperatures affected fuel. The couple began their family while he was still in the Army. After his honorary discharge, the couple settled in Oklahoma City. In 1955, they paid cash with a loan of $75 from his sister, Imogene, and bought a plot of land in west Oklahoma City. Their acreage is near 16th Street and Council and it’s where they lived the rest of their adult lives. He built the house and over the years as their family grew, he continued to add on to the home. Throughout his life, his philosophy was to pay cash or go without the item. He didn’t borrow money or use credit. His family always had plenty of good food to eat, nice clothes to wear and he provided so that Aileen could be a homemaker and stay-home mother. He retired from ONG in 1986. Throughout his life, he used his welding skills and worked plenty of side jobs. Additionally, he always had a big garden that he plowed by hand. He would walk the rows and put a seed where the heel of his boot left a dent, cover the seed and watch the produce grow. They harvested the bounty, and canned the produce, giving the family plenty of delicious food all year. He also had animals and kept horses for his children. The family loved to water ski and the couple attended many ball games over the years to watch children and grandchildren play. After his children were grown, Joe and Aileen had a few years alone before they became caretakers for his mother and stepdad and for Aileen’s mother and father. It was often said that the two of them were perfect for their caretaker roles. Joe is preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Eldon Johnston; his sisters, Imogene Manning and Leona Harrell and his brother, Dick Johnston. He is survived by his wife, Aileen, his brother, Lonnie Johnston, sister-in-law, Linda Johnston, brother-in-law, Earl [Barbara] Hill and his aunt, Dorothy Hall Wood. He is also survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: his daughter JoAnna and Matt Taylor, and their children: Brian and Brandy Orr, Julie and Randy Johnson, Bryan and Adrienne Taylor, Brandon Taylor, Betsy Taylor, and their grandchildren: Lily, Drake, Jake, Hayle, Haven and Sage; his daughter Jeannie and Kevan Gentry, and their sons, Clint Gentry and Jarod Gentry; his daughter Susie and Keith Wright, and their children: Chris and Regina Webber, Kasey and Brian Rooney, Kelly Wright, and Scott Wright, and their grandchildren: Annabelle, Cal, Benjamin, Braylen, Brody and Tayden; and his son, Joe Charles, Jr. “Charlie” and Kim Hall, and their children: Tim and Melissa Short, Michael Short, Karen Short and Joe Charles “J.C.” Hall, III. In addition, he is survived by several nieces and nephews, and lots of friends who are like family. He was a man of his word. If Joe said he would do something, one could count on it being done right away and sometimes it would be finished by the end of the day or the next day. Papa Joe always had a piece of candy in his pockets for his grandchildren and he loved teaching children how to wink. He was a man of few words, so the ones he spoke were words to remember. Joe took seriously the responsibility of caring for his wife, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Some of his last words were to ask his children to take care of his devoted wife who lovingly cared for Joe in his last months. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Dementia Research, 825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.


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Tuesday

18

Jul

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
McNeil's Funeral Service

525 West Highway 152
PO Box 1616
Mustang, OK 73064

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Wednesday

19

Jul

2:00 PM
Town and Country Christian Church

2200 Cornwell Drive
Yukon, Ok 73099

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