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Local funeral director Ernie B. Hall, 64, dies

Feb. 11, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

A longtime area funeral director and owner/operator of Hall Funeral Home has died.

Ernest "Ernie" B. Hall Jr. died Sunday at home. He was 64.

Ernie graduated from Fairland High School in 1966 and later graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He became a licensed director in 1969, at the age of 21. He was also a licensed embalmer.

He completed his one-year apprenticeship under the direction of the late Charles Dennison, who helped keep the funeral home running after Ernie's father and the original owner, Ernest B. Hall, passed away. Dennison ran the business until Ernie finished school and became licensed, allowing him to take full ownership of his father's business.

After getting married in 1971, his wife, Clorinda, who is also a licensed funeral director, began helping Ernie with the funeral home. Eventually, their three children, Ernest Hall III, Evan Hall and Ericca Hall Workman, became licensed directors and co-owners of the family business.

Chris Homer, funeral director at Waugh-Halley-Wood Home in Gallipolis, Ohio, credits Ernie for helping him get his job after meeting the Hall family while attending mortuary school with Ernest Hall III.

"A lot of the funeral directors in the Tri-State area looked at Ernie as an inspiration," Homer said. "I felt like his own son. He's been a mentor. He's given me advice, a lot of wisdom and knowledge."

Greg Crabtree, a longtime family friend, said Ernie became like a father to him after they met while coaching little league baseball together.

"He was one of a kind," Crabtree said. "He always gave more than he received. He loved his family, and he loved God."

Several family friends agreed that Ernie was a giver and enjoyed jokes, even during his final weeks.

"I've been in the family for about 15 years, and he's probably the most giving and humble, and the most caring, kind person I've ever been around," said Ben Workman, Ernie's son-in-law.

Ernie enjoyed his community and being able to be part of it.

"He was a community supporter to not only Proctorville, but to Chesapeake and out in the country to Scottown," said Delana White, longtime family friend. "(The funeral home) lost its icon."

Hall Funeral Home will continue to be run by Ernie's wife and their three children.

"He's already passed the torch to them," White said. "It's going to remain here, operational and family-owned."

Funeral arrangements are pending.