Vance L. Hall 1921 - 2010 Amarillo, Texas

Paid family tribute

Vance L. Hall, 88, of Amarillo, died on Monday, May 10, 2010.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Jim Bankhead officiating. Private burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Vance was born on October 19, 1921 in Concordia, Kansas, to William and Blanche Hall.
He grew up in Downs, Kansas, and later he played varsity basketball at Kansas University for Coach Phog Allen. He was also a member of Beta Theta Pi. After his junior year at Kansas he enlisted in World War II, where he was a flight officer in the U.S. Army, Air Transport Command. He flew B-29s and C-109s, hauling gasoline into China. After the war, he went back to Kansas, graduating in 1947 with a degree in business.
He married Margaret Freeman in Dallas on June 17, 1947. They moved to Amarillo and soon after opened Vance Hall Sporting Goods, which was one of the premier sporting goods stores in the state for forty years.
Vance was president of Western Sporting Goods Association. He was on the Board of Directors and was elected to National Sporting Goods Hall of Fame. He was a member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church. Vance was on the Board of Directors of the Amarillo Country Club and a long time member of Amarillo Executive Association and American Business Club. He was also on the board of YMCA.
Vance was a gentleman, an outstanding businessman and a true and loyal friend to many. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and professed a strong belief in the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Wanda June Hall and Marian Hall Owen; a brother, Ralph William Hall; and a daughter, Karen Sue.
Survivors include his wife Peggy; his children, Don Hall and wife Jane of Carrollton, Texas, Vance E. Hall and wife Kim, Bobby Hall, Donna Hall Sellers, all of Amarillo, Cheryl Hall Roush and husband Duke of Midland; his grandchildren, Vance W. Hall of Denver, Andrew and Brett Hall of Dallas, Layton and Sarah Sellers of Amarillo, Ashley and Lindsey Roush of Midland. The family suggests memorials be made to the Presbyterian Children's Home, 3400 Bowie St. Amarillo, TX 79109, or to Southwest AMBUCS, 618 Creekbend, Mesquite, TX 75149.

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