Official Obituary of

Shirley Elizabeth (Craddock) Hall

October 30, 1928 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Shirley Hall Obituary

Shirley Elizabeth Craddock Hall, a beacon of love and faith, departed from this world on March 5, 2024, in Dothan, AL, leaving behind a legacy of selflessness and joy. Born on October 30, 1928, in Tampa, FL, Shirley was the cherished daughter of J.B. Craddock and Willie Belle Williams Boyette. She grew up to be a woman of remarkable character, touching the lives of all who knew her.

Shirley's journey through life was marked by her dedication to her family, her work, and her faith. She was the beloved wife of the late John Hall, with whom she shared 62 years of unwavering companionship. Together, they raised a family that included their son, John Gary (Lynn) Hall, and their late daughter, Karen Elizabeth Hall Herndon. Shirley's nurturing spirit continued to shine as she lovingly doted on her grandchildren—Laura Elizabeth (Kenny) Hall, Holly Herndon, Justin (Lynne) Herndon, and John David Hall—instilling in them the life skills necessary for success. Her love extended to her great-grandchildren, Grace Herndon, Davis Hall, and Hayes Hall, and she was overjoyed to welcome her great-great-grandchild, Kamilah Martinez, into the world.

In addition to her immediate family, Shirley leaves behind her son-in-law, Glen Herndon, step-grandchildren, Lyndsey (Wesley) Clark and Tanner (Amber) Clark, and a host of loving cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, her daughter, Karen, and her brother, Bob (Jean) Craddock, whom she nurtured from a young age.

Shirley's educational journey began at Andrew Jackson High School, where she graduated with the skills that would serve her well in her professional life. She possessed a remarkable talent for secretarial work, known for her swift shorthand and impressive typing speed. Shirley's work ethic was evident from her early days picking cotton with her brother in Headland, AL, during the summers. She went on to serve as the Office Manager with her husband at State Farm Insurance in Dothan, where she devoted 35 years, becoming an integral part of the community.

Her interests and talents were as varied as they were rich. From a young age, Shirley displayed an exceptional gift for singing and dancing, reminiscent of Shirley Temple, and she even danced joyfully in her wheelchair just months before her passing. An avid traveler, she relished the experiences of flying to new destinations. She was a caring soul who nursed her daughter, Karen, during her illness and later care for Karen's children, ensuring they were enveloped in love after Karen's passing.

Shirley's zest for life was infectious. She visited Disney World 2-3 times a year with her grandchildren, creating memories that would last a lifetime. Her love for the outdoors was evident in her enjoyment of the beach, fishing for scallops and bream, and swimming. Shirley was a founding member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Dothan, AL, where she dedicated over 30 years to teaching Sunday School and leading Girls in Action, nurturing the faith of countless young lives. She always hand delivered her tithes to the church to make sure they arrived timely.

Her memory was exceptional, especially for dates, which was her way of making her family feel loved and remembered on every special occasion. She had a knack for having the mail delivered on their specific date or hand delivering it herself. Shirley was a woman who always put others before herself, embodying the essence of love, faith, and selflessness.

Shirley Elizabeth Hall's life was a testament to the power of love and the strength of family bonds. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her, yet her spirit will continue to inspire and guide us. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary woman, we celebrate the indelible mark she has left on our hearts and the world.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 2:00 pm in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jerry Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Justin Herndon, David Hall, Frank Craddock, Scott Moore and Garry Moore.

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March 7, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sunset Funeral Home Chapel

Celebration of Life
March 7, 2024

2:00 PM
Sunset Funeral Home Chapel

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