|A service of Celebration and Thanksgiving was held at Jordan United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday, August 27, 1993. Loved ones and friends from far and near filled the church and reflected, with profound gratitude, on the life of a good and faithful member of Florida Methodism: namely, Irene D. W. Hall, who died in the peace of Christ on Saturday, August 21, 1993, at the Lane Memorial Hospital in Zachary, Louisiana. She was 59 years of age at her death; born on July 21, 1934, in Clinton, Louisiana, to the late Willie and Carrie Watson.
Officiating at the memorial service were the Rev. Clarence Hillard, the Rev. Willie Lafayette, and the Rev. Wilbur Davis. The hymn of praise and thanksgiving “O Worship the King”, was a fitting affirmation for one who had trusted her way to the Lord and followed Him faithfully in a mission of distinguished and dedicated service.
Irene was educated in the public school system of East Baton Rouge and later attended Southern University with a major in Social Studies. Irene accepted Christ as her Lord at a young age and was a faithful and conscientious member of the United Methodist Church. In 1961, she married the Rev. Laurence E. Hall and during the following year they moved to South Florida to serve in the Methodist ministry.
Irene had a life-long love and compassion for the United Methodist Church and invested her time and leadership skills wisely as a hard working and dedicated lay person. It was always a pleasure for her to move from one parsonage to another and to share the love she felt with those who came her way for 29 years. Young people and children were the love of Irene’s life and a great part of her calling. She taught in the public school while they lived in Fort Pierce and served for a number of years in support of the WSCS and the United Methodist Women on the local church and district level. She also spent a great deal of time providing leadership in helping young people prepare for colleges and other institutions of higher education.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1994, p. 252 By Rev. Laurence Edward Hall|