A long, long time ago, in the land of Detroit, Michigan, Thomas Maybee Hall was born to Dr. G.W. Clarence Hall and Loretta Mae Hall (nee. Baldwin) on the 24th day of March in 1936. He was born in to a family with an older sister, Jean, an older brother, Rene and would soon be joined by a younger sister named, Jane.
Growing up, little Tommy knew no stranger and would carry out daily visitation on his tricycle. His patient mother was well-known by the principal and faculty of his elementary school as she attended as often as he did. Tommy never started a fight but always finished them. He could not care less about school and would prefer to focus on sports instead. A great example of his lack of commitment to his studies is Tom’s response to his father’s question on the following report card notation: “Tommy is not dependable”. Little Tommy quickly replied to his father, “It means she doesn’t depend on me and I don’t depend on her”. But, it wasn’t too long in Tommy’s life that he saw the error of his sinful ways and at the age of nine, he gave not only his heart but his life in service to the Lord.
Upon graduating early from Royal Oak High School, young Tom Hall took a bus and a few dollars in his pocket to pursue studies at Bob Jones University – it was there God showed him what He wanted Tom to do with his life: to be a pastor who cares for people.
Shortly after Tom completed his studies at Bob Jones University he took his first post as a pastor with the United Brethren Church in Birmingham, Michigan. During his early years as pastor at various churches throughout Michigan, Tom completed his graduate studies where he earned a Masters in Divinity from Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan, Doctorate in Theology.
After defecting to the Buckeye state, Tom ended up at Westwood Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon leaving the pastorate for a few years, Tom led a successful singles ministry out of Grace Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio. A short time later though, God decided that Tom was not finished pastoring and called him to lead Harvest Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio where he stayed until he retired after 22 years. Altogether, Tom had been in the ministry for over 50 years – but God still wasn’t finished with him! In his retirement, Tom served as a Sunday school teacher at Faith Fellowship Community Church, also in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Betty “the Boss” (nee. Furnas), his adoring children: Jean Michelle (Robert Stewart, Jr.), Susan Jennifer “Halsey” (Charles Cruies), Thomas Maybee, Jr., Stephanie Jane (Timothy McLaughlin) and Andrea Melissa (Gregory Stockelman). Tom was blessed with eleven grandchildren (with three already in Heaven) and nine great grandchildren.
While Tom will be missed here on earth, his words of wit and wisdom will live forever in our hearts: You know what you do when you assume, don’t you?
Well, we’ll let you figure it out.
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