Published in The Washington Post on June 4, 2017
WILLARD JAMES HALL, JR. (Age 75) "Bill"
Passed away on May 26, 2017 at home with his loving
He was born on May 13, 1942, in Washington, DC. His
parents, Willard James Hall, Sr., and Sara Hall Flaherty,
and sister, Mary Fishburne, predeceased him.
He is survived by his sister, Candis Hall Aaron; wife,
Becky Hall; children Willard (Jim), III, Kathleen and
Rachel Hall; grandchildren, Max, Dylan, Liam, Ryan and
Rory; many cousins, nieces, nephews, the Krei and
Hazem family in-laws; and his granddog, Lucky.
He was a 1959 graduate of Gonzaga College High School and received his bachelor's
degree from University of Maryland University College. He spent his career working in
computer technology for several federal government agencies and small, minority-owned
government contractors. He retired in 2016 following many years of service with FDIC.
Bill will be remembered and missed for his quick wit, intelligence, insatiable curiosity,
voracious appetite for reading, ability to quote from a wide variety of literature and old
movies, spirited debate, signature eyebrows, rolling laugh, and commitment to equality for
all people regardless of background.
As a man of deep faith, he treasured the St. Alban's Episcopal Church community and the
opportunities to serve in several lay worship ministries; and, especially his 20 years with
the lay pastoral ministry for the Washington Home residents, hospice patients, and their
We extend our gratitude to all who lifted us in prayer, brought food, shopped, ran errands,
sent cards, phoned, and came to visit. Bill was deeply touched and drew strength from your
generosity and support. We are also grateful for the support of Montgomery Hospice and
our amazing BrightStar care team-Gretna, Gifter, Leah and Tadee.
Services will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC, on Friday, June 9 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider designating a gift "In Memory of Willard Hall" to:
St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016 or
Montgomery Hospice, montgomeryhospice.org/donate-and-support