In Memory

Dr. J. T. Hall

Funeral services for Dr. James Terry  "J.T." Hall, 88, of Oxford and formerly of Leland will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014 at First Baptist Church, Leland.  He died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Oxford.  Burial will be in Leland-Stoneville Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland.

The youngest of eleven children, the loss of his parents at age twelve was compensated by the love, compassion, and guidance of his older brothers and sisters.

After graduating from Leland High School, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater of War during World War II.  He participated in the Philippine Liberation, the invasion of Okinawa, and the initial landing of troops in Osaka, Japan.

He was honorably discharged in 1946 and attended Sunflower Junior College (now Mississippi Delta Community College). While attending S.J.C., he married Madge Hammett of Petal, MS, his wife of sixty two years.  They were the first married couple to live on the Moorhead Campus in Veteran's Student Housing.

Dr. Hall received his B.S. Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1949 and continued his education at Ole Miss where he earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees. 

His educational experience includes his employment by the State Department of Education as area supervisor of adult education for the Delta Counties for three years.  One year as coach and teacher at Arcola High School and ten years in various positions as coach, teacher, elementary principal, and high school principal in the Leland Public School System.

While in Leland, he was employed by the Leland Park Commission as the first director of the Leland Summer Program and later served as a member of the Park Commission.  He was also President of the Leland Lion's Club, President of the Washington County Teacher's Association and served as Deacon and Sunday school teacher in The First Baptist Church.

He accepted the position of Principal of Greenville High School in 1963 and was promoted to Assistant Superintendent in 1965 where he remained until he was appointed President of MS Delta Community College in 1966.  His tenure as president was highlighted by a continuous building program resulting in a model Comprehensive Community College.

Some civic and professional activities include the following: President of the Association of Junior Colleges, President of the Association of Colleges and Universities, member of the Board of Directors of The MS Economic Council, The Governor's Select Committee for the Study of Higher Education, The MS Post Secondary Education Planning Board, The Junior College Commission and The National Governmental Affairs Committee of the Amercian Association of Junior Colleges.

Dr. Hall was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Delta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, a life member of the Board of Directors of Delta Council, the State Private Industry Council of the Job Training Partnership Act of Congress, the Executive Committee on School Accreditation, Commodore of the Greenville Yacht Club, Board of Directors of the West Delta Chapter of The American Red Cross, a director of the M.D.C.C. Foundation, and a member of the State AHEAD Highway Committee.

Dr. Hall was honored in many ways by the faculty, students, alumni and trustees of MS Delta Community College.  He was selected as Alumnus of the Year and inducted in the Sports Hall of Fame receiving the Coach Bellipanni Award.  The State Legislature, at the request of the M.D.J.C. trustees, faculty, and students proclaimed February 14, 1977 as J. T. Hall Appreciation Day and at his retirement dinner, the Board of Trustees named the college coliseum The "J.T. Hall Coliseum".

Dr. Hall retired as President in January 1989 after serving 22 1/2 years, and continued to work as a self employed educational consultant.  His most notable work as a consultant was A Sudy of Coahoma Community College, and, a study of East MS Community College.  Both studies were done in harmony with the State Board of Community/Junior Colleges and the State Legislature.  He also served as interim President of M.D.C.C. during the spring semester of 2001 and as interim President of E.M.C.C. for a brief periord of time.

Following the death of his wife of 62 years, he moved to Oxford where he became a member of the North Oxford Baptist Church, met many new friends and was in regular attendance at Ole Miss athletic activities and other events.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Hill Hall; daughter, Linda Hall Branton and husband Nolan; 5 grandchildren, Shelby Edwards (Beth), Alice Bell Edwards Baker (Dustin), Hall Edwards (Liz), GeGe Branton Sinclair (Brian) and West Branton and 8 great granchildren, Shelby Edwards IV, Mary McLean Edwards, Emery Edwards, Maloy Baker, Mary Meyers Baker, Chapel Baker, Ava Sinclair and Powell Edwards.

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05/20/14 09:19 AM #1    

Bill Young


I was sorry to see the news about your dad. He was a great principle, but even more a great person. It was good to see him in Oxford from time to time and to reminisce about "the old days" at GHS! I know you will miss him. Our prayers are with you and Nolan and all.

Bill Young

05/20/14 12:38 PM #2    

Janice Lingle (Pool)

Our hearts grieve with you and your family, Linda, as you grieve the loss of your father. Your dad did so much good for so many people that I am sure you will never know the influence he has had on lives across this state. Certainly he lived a long, full life. The legacy he shared with his family he also left with those whose lives he touched over the years. Janice Lingle Pool

05/20/14 04:38 PM #3    

Wayne Dreher

While sorry about Your loss of your Dad, I'm so Gratefull how He allowed God to use His life to be such a Blessing to Such a cloud of Witnesses no matter what stage of life He was walking!! You have some AWESOME MEMORIES to hang on OF BOTH YOUR PARENTS!!!

05/21/14 07:57 AM #4    

Mike Peeples

Linda - I am so sorry to hear about your dad.  He was was with me throughout my entire grammar school, high school and junior college educational incarceration period.  

As you know, he was grammar school principal, and high school principal in Leland while I was living in Leland. In 1963, we moved to Greenville and so did he.  Upon graduation from Greenville, I went to Moorehead.  He followed me there. 

When I graduated from Moorehead, I went to his office to find out where he was moving next.  I wanted to go to MSU - but I wanted to go WITHOUT your dad.

your dad was always there for me.  He was a very special person and so many have benefited from his life.

He will be missed by all that knew him.  


05/22/14 09:33 AM #5    

Mary Katherine Morphis (Adams)

Linda, I'm sad to hear of your Dad's passing.  He was a wonderful man (your Mom,too).  I will forever cherish the two years he was Princpal of GHS.  He was so good to the cheerleading squad, and we had so much fun traveling with him to the Gator Bowl.  What patience and good humor he had.  He was loved by all who knew him. That must be such a comfort to you and your family.  We will miss seeing him at our reunion.  Sending love to you, Mary Katherine



05/23/14 05:34 PM #6    

Bob Booth


Julia and I were so sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad. I remember at our 20th reunion he spoke and put things in perspective by telling us that he was the age we were at that time (38) when he became principal at GHS. A fair and honest man, something that's in short supply today. He will be missed.

09/29/14 12:34 PM #7    

Jamie Kinman

Linda we have lost a wonderful leader and mentor. He lead in example and led well! Memories have a way of being used by God to carry us through the grief and plant joy in it's place. May the Lord continue to bless as you journey with Him leaving a clear path for others to follow as your Dad did before you and us!

James (Jamie) Kinman and Barbara (Allen) Kinman

09/30/14 01:04 PM #8    

Robert Chow

Hello Linda, Dr. Hall was my person to emulate. He came on during my second high school year. I do remember you set at math class. Many times he spoke during assembly, those time he nurture us while facing remainder years. He had made great impact in many ways in my life and still carry on his memory. Robert Chow

05/10/15 08:47 PM #9    

Robert Wylie

Dr. James Terry "JT" Hall

Mr. Hall has a nice memorial at Find-A-Grave if you would like to leave a note for his family and his friends.

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