MR Joseph Jeffrey Hall (known as Jeff), of Stathern, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 79.
He was born in 1932, the youngest of four sons to Thomas and Agnes Hall, who ran the family butchery business. He lived in Stathern for most of his life, as a child in ‘Mud Row’ in Red Lion Street and ‘Hill Crest’ in Tofts Hill, then as a married adult on The Green and Tofts Hill.
He went to school in Stathern and also attended Melton Secondary Modern School.
After school he joined the family firm, then began working for Hempshalls at Redmile. One of his tasks was to buy calves for Mr Hempshall and from this he set up as a calf trader himself from Tofts Hill Farm. His customers and suppliers became business partners for life, built on his reputation for dealing with trust and integrity. For decades he traded at Bakewell, Melton, Newark and Leicester cattle markets and his customers, suppliers and their offspring stayed loyal to him for over 50 years.
Mr Hall was a great friend to many. His best friend throughout his life was Tony Green, from his early childhood to his passing. It is fitting that if you enter the village institute right at eye-level, the names of J. Hall and T. Green are inscribed in the brickwork for all time. His unconditional and mutual friendship was not just for his lifelong pals in Stathern, such as the late Ted Alderman, Harry Shipman and Neddy Gilder, he also knew many local farmers who were customers and suppliers who became good friends.
As a youth he was a successful sportsman, training with Notts County. After County he played with his mates for Stathern Olympic and was top scorer when Stathern won the Melton Amateur League in the 1953/54 season. He also recalled tales of match-winning sixes while playing cricket at Egerton Park, the ball apparently finding the River Eye at either end.
Jeff was a passionate Forest supporter and he and Tony spent over 50 years as season ticket holders at the City Ground.
The funeral service took place in St Guthlac’s Church, Stathern, conducted by Judith Wells. Burial followed in Stathern cemetery.
Family mourners included: Mark, Rowena and Zachary Jopling, Janet Jopling, Mrs K. Alderman, Howard Coy, Liz Ryan, Steve Wilson, John Tinkler, Andy Hawley, Mrs J. Brereton, Tony Green, Richard Green, Richard Newton, Julie Newton and Jessica Newton, John and Zena Hall, Sally and Glynn (nee Hall), Bridget (nee Hall), Roger and Rosemary (nee Hall).
Other mourners included: Bill Jopling, Matthew Jopling, Martin Shouler, Desmond Taylor, John Harrison, Andrew and Sally Morley, Steve and Mary Morley, Mrs Linzi Shaw, W. and M. Dyer, Eleanor Saywell, David Wilson, Marcus Hubbard, Jonathan Hubbard, Blanche Hubbard, Nigel Hubbard, Peter and Alison King, Martin Booth, K. Booth, Joan Watchorn, Graham Kirk, Miles Hardy, T. D. Harker, Peter Jackson, Paul Robinson, Ruth and Tony Marshall, Sheila Worth, John and Margaret Fairbrother, Will Rowbotham, Trevor Rowbotham, Jackie Collins, Robert Martin, Robert Green, Mr and Mrs C. Lamin, John Mackley, Doris Chamberlain, Eric and Burnham Allen, Joy Catlin, Andrew Tymansky, Mr and Mrs C. Dawson, Nalda and John Shipman, Pam, Bill and Ian Shipman, David Poskitt, Alan Poskitt, Trevor Poskitt, John, Peter and Penny Rivett, Micahel Stanley, Peggy Coy, D. Welbourn, David Ward, Jane Harding, Diane Ablewhite-Collins, Freda Tinkler, Paul Tinkler, John and Robert Manchester, Bruce and Carol Manchester, John Simons, Alan Faulks, John Faulks, Richard Pell and family, John Parrott, J. and C. Forinton, Andy, Janet and Nick Humphries, George and Emma Jenkinson, Michael and Elaine Stokes, Mark Freeman, Keith Littlewood, Geoff Skinner, Terry Kemp, Richard Booth, Karin Hibbins and Richard Collington, Bob Wadsworth, Don Watchorn, Darren Gadsby, Dennis Wood, Mark and Sharon Gilder, Gary and Susan Gilder, Ned Gilder, Sharon Waddingham, Keith and Tommy Fisher, Brian and Wendy Burkitt, John and Kym Ross, K. L. Walker, Harry Shipman, A. D. Shipman, Ray Hewson, Roger and Barbara Hawkins and B. Knapp.
Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.
Donations for the British Lung Foundation amount to £524.79 to date.