Okey Leroy Hall, 70 of Shinnston, WV, passed away peacefully with his loving wife by his side on Tuesday June 4, 2019 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV, due to complications of a stroke he suffered while on vacation in Florida.
Okey was born on December 16, 1948, in Clarksburg, the youngest son of the late Layman “Bill” Matthew and Marjorie Merle (Lipscomb) Hall.
Okey grew up in Meadowbrook and graduated from Shinnston High School. He then attended Wheeling Barber College and upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned to the Beach Master Unit Two during the Vietnam Era. While stationed in Norfolk, VA, where he met and married the love of his life, Nancy Ann (Wendt) Hall. They were blessed with forty-seven years together. After his service to our country they made their home in Shinnston where they raised their five children. Okey worked as a Coal Miner for Consol Coal Company and retired after thirty-seven years. He was a member of the UMWA Local 1501 and the America Legion Post 31.
Okey was true “animal whisperer” he had a natural way with animals of any kind from a very young age, training his dogs for hunting, raising chickens and pigs during high school with the 4-H program and spoiling all of the family pets throughout the years.
Okey always kept busy working on something. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, running his John Deer tractor on his property, traveling adventures and spending time with his family. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and friend. He will be deeply missed by all that loved him.
In addition to his parents Okey was preceded in death by his in-laws, John and Millie Wendt; his brothers Ralph Hall, Wayne Hall, James “Olen” Hall and Larry Hall; brother-in laws, Mark Wendt and James Palmer; and sister-in-law, Margaret Hall.
Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory include; his loving wife Nancy, his son John Hall and wife Suzanne “Cricket” of Fairmont, daughters; Michelle Holmes and husband Timothy of Shinnston, Rebecca Hall-Herndon and husband Charles of Fairmont, Suzanna Hall and husband Igor Lev of Philadelphia, PA, and Teresa Hall of Clarksburg; grandchildren Loki Hall, Persephone Hall, Rhapsody Hall, Aubrie Holmes, and Marcus Valentine; his sister, Fonda Palmer of Wooster, OH; sister-in-laws, Julianne Smith of Woodbridge, VA, Heidi Wendt of Virginia Beach, VA , Elizabeth Hall of Bellwood, PA, and Lara Hall of Topsail NC; many nieces and nephews that were special to him; and his good friend and neighbor Jim Barker along with many other friends.
The family would like to thank all of the health professionals and the medical flight crew that treated Okey with such diligence, compassion and respect. Your kindness and care will never be forgotten.
The family will receive friends at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike St., Shinnston, WV 26431, on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 1-7PM. A Funeral service will be held at Dorsey Funeral Home on Saturday June 15, 2019 at 11:00AM with Reverend Father Akila Rodrigo T.O.R. and Reverend Father Patsy Wash officiating. Entombment will follow at the Shinnston Memorial Mausoleum where full military honors will be accorded by the Harrison County Honor Guard and the US Navy Reserves. The family would be pleased for everyone to join us at St. Ann’s Catholic Church for food and fellowship following the graveside service.
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