James (Jim) Milo Hall was born August 18, 1942 to Joseph (Pete) Hall and Clara (Myrtle) Hall in Clifton, Colorado. He was the oldest of 5 children, who grew up on Army bases until settling in Lakewood, California. Jim’s family moved briefly to Lompoc, California during high school, then decided to move back to the Bellflower area.
Jim and Cheryl met at their junior high school in 1957 and then were reacquainted in 1961. They soon married on November 24, 1962 and bought a house in North Long Beach. They moved to Anaheim in 1973 along with their sons Jeff (age 7) and Brad (age 3) and have continued to live there ever since.
In the 1960’s Jim tried his hand at hairdressing, during a break from the Carpenter’s Union, where he had a 30 year career in the construction industry. After some years of retirement, Jim found his true calling as a chauffeur, which he enjoyed until recently.
Jim and his family spent over 50 years of summers at Lake Havasu, where he loved camping, driving his boat and teaching everyone how to water ski. Over the past few years, he had many fun times at Jeff’s house at the lake and letting Brad drive him around in the family’s pontoon boat.
Besides boating, water skiing and camping, Jim’s other hobbies included participating in car shows, playing poker and anything having to do with PARTYING. So much so that he and Cheryl ran a business called Party Productions for many years, in which the whole family participated.
He was a member of the Classic Cruisers Car Club for 14 years. He loved his 1955 Olds, which he and Cheryl took to many car shows in California, Arizona and Nevada.
For over 40 years, Jim volunteered for Cheryl’s sorority, Phi Beta Psi, raising money for Cancer Research. He would help out by allowing people to throw pies in his face, roller skating at the Skate-A-Thon all night for 12 hours, setting up and cleaning up for all the events. He was very involved and was given the honor of “Man of the Year” several times and even dressed up as “Ms. Relay for Life” (and won), all for Cancer Research.
Jim was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December 2011. He fought it with his every breath and after spending his last 2 weeks in the hospital, finally lost his battle to cancer on July 11, 2012.
Jim is survived by his wife of 49 ½ years, Cheryl, his sons Jeff and Brad and their families including 5 grandchildren, his mother, Myrtle Hall, his 2 brothers and 2 sisters and many other beloved family and friends.
Jim was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed by all.
Debi (Matthews) Noeller
I'm at a loss for words in learning of Jim's passing. Jim always had a way for making me laugh & I will truly miss his sweet compliments. Cheryl, Jeff & Brad - you are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Jim until we meet again.
Richard and Sarah Cheek
It was truly a pleasure to have known Jim. He always seemed to be so upbeat. We especially feel fortunate to have spent some time with both Jim and Cheryl at Roy's recent memorial. Jim will be greatly missed.