Tribute to Dennis and Mae Hall

Dennis Hall is 85 years old, shown at Shady Spring home. His father, Charles B. Hall, was a coal miner in Kentucky and came to Skelton in 1917. A 1927 photo taken at Layland of Dennis Hall, as a young miner, and friends, Vick Gilkerson and Anderson McKinney. Hall worked in the mines there.


(From left) Dennis Hall, Bob Burgess, Carl Asbury, Bill Elkins, Arlie Dickens, next two unidentified, Marion Cooper and James Farrell. Photo taken about 1956.

Miners baseball players in 1927 at town of Stanaford

(From left, standing) John Rice, Emory Thurmond, Ray Bailey, Eldridge Teal, Ben Holdren, Bob McClure, Bill Bailey, Ed Mitchel, Lazy Fleshman, holding $20 bill; (kneeling) Elbert Teal, Fred Hall, unidentified, Adam Wardensky, Charles Ray and Neal Narcrosse.
Dennis Hall, one of twelve children was born September 19, 1907 at Jellico, Kentucky to Charles Boynton Hall, a life long coal miner, and Anna Johns Hall. He married Nezra Mae Atkins Hall August 17, 1929. They had 4 sons, John William, Bernard Elmer, Carl Alfred, and Carson Keith (Sonny).
Dennis began working in the coal mines in April, 1923 as a coal loader, at the age of 15 and continued this work until 1935 at which time he advanced to the position of Section Foreman. He then passed an examination given by the West Virginia State Department of Mines showing that he was competent to be a Fire Boss, Mine Manager, or Mine Foreman. He stayed in this line of work until his retirement from Armco Steel Mines, Montcoal, West Virginia on April 27, 1970. While working for Armco he took a home study course in radio and television repair. He used his new skills to repair appliances for many people on "The River", often at his expense.
While living in Stickney, his wife Nezra Mae worked as Postmaster at the Stickney Post Office until it closed in the 1950's
After his retirement Dennis and Mae moved to Shady Spring, West Virginia, where they lived until he passed away on January 19, 1997 at the age of 89. His wife Nezra Mae passed away February 13, 2004 at the age of 95.
Submitted by Sons:
Carl Alfred & Carson Keith Hall