Francis Marshall Hall, 92, of Virginia Beach, died at his home Sunday, March 24, 2019. Francis was born Nov. 7, 1926, in Norfolk to Spotswood Braxton Hall and Harriet Hicklin Hall. He grew up in Bronxville, New York, and moved to Virginia Beach in the 1950s.
Francis was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Hitch Hall; and brother, Spotswood Braxton Hall Jr.
He is survived by his children, Francis Marshall Hall Jr. (Gail) and Margaret Rives Hall Bacon (Jesse); grandchildren, Dr. Mary Adams Bacon, Margaret Lee Bacon, Thomas Nash Bacon, Page Spotswood Bacon, Carter Francis Hall and Katharine Rives Hall; and his cat, Annie.
After graduating from Bronxville High School, Francis entered Yale University, but withdrew in early 1945 to join the U.S. Army Air Force as an aviation cadet, training in Texas and Colorado. After the war ended, Francis returned to Yale, graduating in 1949. After graduation, Francis worked briefly in the coal business, but was recalled to the Air Force for stateside duty during the Korean War.
After his second discharge, he worked several years as an engineer for a gas company before beginning a long career in the securities brokerage business, starting as a stockbroker in Norfolk and then moving to various management roles in Norfolk and Richmond.
Francis enjoyed athletics in high school and college, competing in basketball, swimming, track and other sports. Over the years, he also enjoyed sailing, fishing, boating and building furniture and model ships. Francis competed in Masters Swimming until he was 85 and was a longtime fan of UVA basketball.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 29, at Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery followed by a reception in the parish hall.
We would like to express our thanks to the wonderful staff at First Colonial Inn, which was his home for the past two years.
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