His grandchildren know him as “Pappaw” but as of Jan. 20, 2009, Gerald Hall will go down in Cushing’s history as the Community Achievement Award recipient for 2008. Family and friends characterize him by “his faith, his love for his family and his commitment to others.”

Hall, who will celebrate his 84th birthday on January 30th, was born and raised in the community he has served so well. Before graduating from Cushing High School in 1942, Hall – as football captain – crowned his future wife Leona Mae Sherrod homecoming queen. In 1943 he decided to serve his country by joining the Marines. He returned home in 1945 where he worked for his father at Hall’s Moving and Transfer. In 1947 he and Leona were married and later had three sons – Larry, David and Bill. Eventually he took over the business, expanding to other areas by becoming a licensed realtor and broker.

Hall has been very involved in his community – serving on committees, boards, Little League and perhaps one of his favorites – Lions Club. In fact, Hall is still an active Lion’s Club member – leading the group in song each and every week during their meeting.

A man of faith, Hall has also remained a dedicated worker in his church – First Baptist Church – for more than 76 years.

His years may have slowed him down, but his dedication to community, family and friends remains strong. Aside from his participation in Lions and his church, Hall continues his work as a broker at Jolley Realty as well as assisting at Davis Funeral Home.

The eight minute narrative and video of Hall’s life concluded with this tribute: “He is the honored head of his family, beloved by all. His family knows him as a faithful and devoted man who stands tall as a valiant, strong man who is also full of tenderness. He has built a legacy of love, kindness, friendship, honor and care for others that has touched his family, his church and his community. It is a legacy that will be remembered for generations.”

Hall – seeming a little wistful after the tribute – said, “I did that – and it seems like it only took about that long to do it all.”