Walter Baxter Hall, 81, died Dec. 19, 2002, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Born Oct. 1, 1921, at Sage, he was the son of Baxter Hall and Stella Cockrill Hall. During his working years he was a cattle and forage farmer. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. However, he was primarily an educator, which was his life's devotion.
He taught vocational education at Mount Pleasant and was principal and science teacher at Black Rock. He served as superintendent of Pulaski Special School District in Little Rock. He was assistant professor at Southwest Missouri State University and Drury College. He was the first director of Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, serving in that capacity from 1973 to 1987.
He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas, his master's degree from Truman University in Missouri, and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas.
He was a member of the American and Arkansas Voca-tional Education Association, National Education Association and Phi Beta Kappa. He was past president of the Melbourne Lions Club and was a former member of the Melbourne Fair Board Association. He was chairman of various clubs and events including the March of Dimes and the Red Cross. He was a member of Melbourne Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Halbrook Hall; a son and daughter-in-law -- Dennis and Kliffa Hall of Colorado Springs, Colo; a daughter, Dianna Kay Nash of Maumelle; five grandchildren -- Mike Hilton of Melbourne, Brandon Hall and his wife, Karin, of Austin, Texas, Damon Hall and Ryan Hall, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Amanda Nash of Maumelle; a great-grandchild, Erika Hall of Austin, Texas; and two nieces -- Connie Jackson and her husband, Leland, of Myron, and Shirley Gaston and her husband, James H., of Melbourne.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers -- Thomas Dempsey Hall and Roy Gene Hall.
The funeral was Dec. 22 at Melbourne Church of Christ with Eric Williamson and Don Womack officiating.
Pallbearers were Rick Halbrook, Keith Halbrook, Brandon Hall, Ryan Hall, Wayne Halbrook, Jerry Halbrook, Damon Hall, Troy Gaston and Nayne Dockins.
Honorary pallbearers were Al Gillihan, Ken Bone, David Clark, Danny Beebe, Charles Chatham and Wesley Miller.