Colonel Roger Mark Hall, USAF, (Ret.), 80, of Abbeville, SC, husband of Mary Alice Hannah Hall, died Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at his residence. He was born September 10, 1942 in the Nation Community of Abbeville County to the late James Bruce ‘JB’ Hall, Jr. and Dorris Sternenberg Hall.
Colonel Hall began his education at Antreville and Lowndesville Elementary schools, graduating from Calhoun Falls High School, Class of 1960. He continued his education at Clemson A&M College receiving a BA in Electrical Engineering in 1964. Colonel Hall received his MA in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH in 1972-74.
Colonel Hall proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for more than 26 years including active duty as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. He completed the ROTC program and entered USAF Pilot Training in November 1964. Colonel Hall completed pilot training and flight instructor school and assigned to Moody AFB, GA as a T-38 instructor pilot from 1965-1969. In addition, he was assigned to the following appointments: A-1 pilot stationed in Thailand for flying combat missions in SEA, 1969-1971; FB-111 pilot stationed at Plattsburgh AFB, NY, 1971-1972; graduate school at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 1972-1974; Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO then to Scott AFB, IL as Communications Engineer, 1975-1979; F-111 pilot then Assistant Operations Officer 77 TFS and Operations Officer 79 TFS at RAF Upper Heyford, UK, 1979-1982; Project Manager for USAF/NATO Command and Control Development at Ramstein AB, Germany, 1982-1984; Director Electronic Warfare at Scott AFB, IL, 1984-1986; Commander 3380th Technical Training Group, Keesler AFB, MS, 1986-1989; Program Manager for two major DOD software development programs, 1989-1991. After attaining the rank of Colonel, he retired from the USAF on July 31, 1991.
Following his retirement, Colonel Hall returned to his hometown of Abbeville and began employment with the City of Abbeville as Director of Public Utilities in July 1991, retiring in 2008. He also worked in his son’s land clearing business. Colonel Hall never stopped working, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the Abbeville Presbyterian Church project. He was employed with an engineering company as utility project inspector on multiple jobs, 2008-2015. Colonel Hall returned to the City of Abbeville as Interim Utility Director, 2015-2018, retiring for a second time. He again worked with an engineering company as utility project inspector, 2020-2021.
Colonel Hall served his community on the Board of Directors for Hope South Credit Union for over 20 years, often serving as Chairman of the Board. He also served on the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation. Colonel Hall was a member of Abbeville Presbyterian Church, having been involved as Session Member and Treasurer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Bruce (JB) Hall, III and Chris Hall and a much-loved bonus grandson, Colton Seymore.
Colonel Hall is survived by his beloved wife of 56 plus years, Mary Alice, of the home; son, Timothy M. Hall (Cindy) of Abbeville, SC; daughter, Allison J. Hall (Kendal) of Taylors, SC; grandson, Brayden C. Hall (Sabrina) of Abbeville, SC; great-grandson, Boone C. Hall; and two sisters, Trudy Crittendon (Jim) of Anderson, SC and Judy Metzler (Russ) of Zionsville, Indiana.
The family will receive friends 11:00AM - 1:00PM, Saturday, February 18, 2023 in the Telford Parlor of Abbeville Presbyterian Church. Funeral services for Colonel Hall will begin at 1:30PM in the church sanctuary with the Reverend Stan Colbert officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
The family is at the home.
Memorial contributions in memory of Colonel Hall, may be sent to the Abbeville Presbyterian Church General Fund, 301 N. Main Street, Abbeville, SC 29620 or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Ave., Greenwood, SC 29646.
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Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Abbeville is assisting the Hall family.
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