September 23, 1932 - January 23, 2014
Sydnor Hall Jr., (Syd) 81, passed away Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at his home in Dallas, Texas.
He was born to the late Kathleen and Sydnor Hall on September 23, 1932 in Memphis, Tennessee. When Syd Jr. was 7 years old he lost his father in an aviation accident involving the personal aircraft his father so loved to fly. Following the death of his father, Syd lived in various parts of Mississippi throughout his childhood and young adult life. On August 28th, 1953 Syd married Sara Jane Craig. The humorous story of the beginning of their courtship is a testament to his larger than life personality and tendency to be quite the character. Syd graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1954 where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Following graduation, Syd was commissioned into the United States Army and proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1956. Syd went to work for Crawford and Company as an Insurance Adjuster and retired in 1995 after 37 dedicated years of service.
Syd had an abounding love for perfectly polished shoes that was only superceded by the love he had for his family. He was fiercely protective of his family and especially his younger brother, Charles Hall. Syd was a consistently generous and caring family man who was always there for his family, regardless the need. There was that one exception in college when after a fraternity party he dropped off his future wife and future mother of his children at a house that had been designated for girls visiting from out of town. By manner of accident, it turned out he had the wrong address and had not dropped Sara off at the designated girls’ house, but at a private residence belonging to a gentleman. Sara quickly called to let him know what had happened and Syd, still not fully grasping the situation, asked the gentleman if it was ok if she stayed there for the night. It was not until the man accepted the arrangement and commented that he was sure an angel had appeared and dropped off this beautiful guest that Syd truly realized the situation, came to his senses, and resolved it. These episodes of great panache followed by moments of clarity allow for the numerous hilarious stories Syd leaves behind and more than likely secures his nomination for Entertainer of a Lifetime.
He was a loyal and committed employee for Crawford and Company for 37 years which included assignments in Mississippi, Louisiana, California and Texas. He was assigned to the Southwest Regional Office in Dallas, Texas the last thirteen years of his employment and retired as Assistant Vice President. Syd received various awards including the Crawford and Company Peak Service Performance Award in 1989. During his employment years he was active in various organizations including the Southeastern Workers Compensation Administration, The Dallas Insurance Club, The Elks Club, The Kiwanis International, and the Southern California Chapter of the National Aeronautic Association. He honorably served as President of the San Antonio Chapter of the Blue Goose International, a fraternal organization of individuals who work in the insurance related industry. During that time he received the “Most Loyal Gander” Award as a tribute to his tireless and selfless work. It has long been theorized that it was his excellent social skills, his unnatural ability to perform with little sleep, and his resolve to be the last person to leave the party that helped him secure this prestigious award.
Syd was an avid Sportsman and enjoyed watching football, hunting, fishing, and most of all hanging out at the various leases and camps with his buddies. He was an excellent marksman and always hit his target. Excluded from this claim would be the incident where he forgot to remove the bullets from the gun he was cleaning after returning from a hunting trip. The accidental discharge resulted in a bullet being lodged in the kitchen cabinet just inches away from where the love of his life was dutifully working at the kitchen sink. Luckily, Syd was a fast learner and henceforth he religiously followed the NRA Gun Safety Rules. He was a quick and agile tennis player and he and his former tennis partner, Don Culler, consistently triumphed on the tennis court. They especially delighted in the fact that they weighed 250 pounds between them and were able to bring down their burly, strapping, super jock opponents.
Syd loved God and loved his Country. He was exceptionally proud of his military service. As a student of WWII, he admired those of “The Greatest Generation”. He was simply not capable of listening to a military ballad without clapping his hands, stomping his feet, and singing out loud. Those who were fortunate enough to drive with Syd in his prized American made Lincoln would often get the pleasure of hearing him sing his best rendition of every single Frank Sinatra song ever recorded. Syd was also a member of the Joy Sunday School class at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas.
Syd is survived by his wife Sara of 60 years; daughter Sylvia Spangler (Joe Fierros) of Dallas, Texas; son Sydnor Hall of San Antonio, Texas; brother Charles Hall of Forest, Mississippi; four grandchildren Justin Spangler, Jennifer Spangler, Gregory Hall, Sara Turnage (Jordan); great grandson Logan Turnage; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January30th at 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. The Church is located at 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a Charity of your choice or one of Syd’s favorites; The Wounded Warrior Project, St. Andrews United Methodist Church, or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252