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Sarah Jane (Smith) Hall was born September 22, 1930 in Fordyce, Arkansas to the late Mack Henry and Esther Jane (Thomas) Smith. She departed this life on September 14, 2021; 3:34 pm, in Little Rock Arkansas at the Heart Hospital.
She was preceded in death by both parents, and all her Siblings (7); four brothers - John Henry, Frank, John Brown (JB), Sammie T. and Joe Cephas Smith; two sisters - Luella King and Ressie Lee Wyatt. Her husband, James W. Hall, Sr. and one son, Henry Herbert Hall.
Sarah graduated valedictorian of her 1949 class at Dallas County training school in Fordyce Arkansas. She attended Arkansas AM & N (UAPB) for one year. In her later years she attended a nursing program in Camden, Arkansas. She was employed at the Dallas County hospital for 25 years as a nurses’ aide and cook, her specialties in the kitchen was preparing desserts. She also worked as a substitute teacher in Fordyce and Bearden school districts for 25 years spanning from 1994 through 2019.
Sarah enjoyed gardening - canning what she harvested in the garden to be placed on the county fair Exhibits. She always received blue ribbons for her injuries and sometimes “the best of show” ribbons to be placed on the white picket fence for all to see. It brought her joy to sit on the front porch with family and friends reminiscing about old times. In recent years she became an avid TV watcher. Shows like; the price is right, family feud and Judge Judy, and several sporting events especially the Razorback (hog) teams.
She became a member of the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church at an early age where she remained faithful until her health began to decline.
She was joined in Holy Matrimony to James Wallace Hall, Sr. In July 1950. They spent fifty two (52) happy years together before his death in 2002. To this union seven (7) children were born.
She leaves to cherish her memory: six (6) children: James Wallace Hall, Jr. (Ruby), George Larry Hall (Carrie) and Debra Faye Thompson (Jimmy) all of Fordyce, Arkansas. Gloria Gene Harris and Kathleen Cole (Rickie) both of Little Rock, Arkansas. Mary Lucy Williams (Robert) of Monticello, Arkansas.
Seventeen (17) grandchildren and nineteen (19) great-grandchildren. One sister-in-law, Mary Louise (Scott) Smith of Collierville, Tennessee and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services are as scheduled:
Viewing; Monday September 20, 2021 from 9-11:00 am
Funeral; Monday September 20, 2021 11:30 am
Interment: Monday September 20, 2021 following service at Elon Cemetery in Fordyce.
COVID-19 guidelines will be STRICTLY implemented; social distancing, no contact and masks are to be WORN COVERING THE NOSE AND MOUTH AT ALL TIMES!
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