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Charles Roy Hall, Sr., age 76, passed away the morning of October 31, 2017 from several health complications. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Willie Mae Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Hall and daughter-in-law, Cathy Ann Hall.

Charles is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kristine Hall; two sons Charles Roy Hall, Jr. and wife, MiChal, of College Station, TX and David Preston Hall of St. George, Utah; a daughter, Patricia Hall Hayner and husband, Joe, of Simpsonville, SC; two sisters, Mary Hall Farley and Anna Jean Brock; a step-brother Charlie Hall of Clyde; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles went to Clyde High School and married Kristine in 1962. After a short stint at a mattress factory in Hazelwood, he became a millwright at Champion International Paper Mill and served in that capacity for 39 years. He appreciated the co-workers from Champion that became his friends and of special note is Mary Hendrie of Canton, NC who in many ways is now a member of the family. His time at Champion helped him hone uncanny mechanical skills but he also demonstrated proficiency in carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, welding, and masonry. Give him a pad of graph paper and a mechanical pencil and he could dream up a project as well as any engineer. But give him a computer and, well, let’s just say he could have been a crash tester at Microsoft.

Charles and Kristine always had a vegetable garden, grew strawberries and Christmas trees “commercially” for a while but they also started a nursery business that was known as Blue Ridge Nursery. He and Kris (as he called her) figured out how to propagate and grow many different plants through trial and error and, of course, built and/or maintained all of the equipment and hoop-houses used in the operation. While the business was eventually sold, it was a family enterprise that was a successful sideline business for nearly two decades. You can still drive by many homes and businesses in western NC that have some of the nursery’s plants still thriving in their landscapes!

Charles’ main hobbies included fly fishing, woodturning, and making knives. He enjoyed working with his hands, but particularly enjoyed using any type of machinery. He collected tractors (and implements, of course), back-hoes, dump trucks and he was often observed tooling around in his renovated excavator moving dirt that “just needed tweaking a bit.” He was also known for reengineering old equipment just because “they didn’t design this thing right.” He collected every size of screw, nut, bolt, and fastener known to man and left a compilation of tools that Harbor Freight would be hard-pressed to match.

An introvert by nature, he was not big on small talk or crowds, but he could sure tell a story or two when you got him by himself…in more detail than you probably wanted…but fascinating nonetheless. He was a no-nonsense kind of guy that had the hand shake of a pipefitter and always said what he meant and meant what he said. Some of the favorite memories of his family included the harrowing experience of jumping the creek in the pasture in the dune buggy, his tale of smoking a cigar when he was four years old, family trips to the beach, camping or fishing, his addiction to Mountain Dew, his possible addiction to Karo syrup and biscuits, his short stint at coaching football, collectively building the stone fireplace and chimney one summer, the infamous speed-rocket go cart, sculpturing arrowheads, his packrat-like passion for collecting just about everything, and his seeming obsession with VW Beetles!

While his body gave out and he’s no longer with us, he accomplished a great deal with his time here on earth, and we will cherish the memories of “the good times” we had with him.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Plains United Methodist Church with Reverend Zach Christy and Reverend Kenneth Rhinehart officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. prior to the services at the church.

Memorials may be made to FIRST Robotics, FIRST Finance, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101. FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology for high school students.

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img_9249Surrounded by her family, Shirley Louise Bronson Taylor left this world in peace for her new home in Heaven on April 24, 2016.
 
Shirley was the youngest of four daughters born to Bert and Rose Bronson of Bunker Hill, Kansas.  Her three sisters, Mary Lou, Doris, and Betty, along with Shirley and her parents moved from Kansas to Petal, Mississippi when the Great Depression made farming in Kansas an unreliable way to support the family.  Shirley’s father was a fine horseman, who had worked the fields with draft horses in Kansas, and continued to work with riding horses in Mississippi.  
 
Shirley attended high school in East Forrest, Mississippi, where she played cornet in the band, soloed in the Petal United Methodist Church choir, and was crowned Rodeo Queen on her horse, Punkin.  Her love for both music and horses turned into lifelong passions.  
 
Shirley attended Mississippi Southern College (now know as the University of Southern Mississippi), graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1958.  While there, she caught the eye of a handsome member of the football team, who found his way to the family farm, supposedly to look at a horse.  Shirley’s sister, Mary Lou, expressed suspicions that “it wasn’t a horse this young man was shoppin’ for,” which proved correct when Jim Taylor married Shirley in her home church in Petal, Mississippi in 1958. 
 
On their first anniversary, Shirley presented Jim with their first child, Russ. Ricky followed by surprise just 10 minutes later. Barely a year after that, Tammy arrived to round out their busy family.
 
With a move to San Antonio in 1963, Texas became Shirley’s home for the rest of her life.  The next year, Shirley and Jim moved to Seguin, where they established their beloved Taylor Acres.  In Seguin, Shirley taught girls’ Physical Education, obtained a real estate license, worked at Hexcel Corporation, and greatly enjoying working one day a week at the Seguin stockyards on sale day.  She poured her love for horses into helping her children learn to ride and show.  She was a committed parent in the Guadalupe County 4-H horse club until Ricky and Russ graduated high school, when she began her own amateur showing career.  These experiences created lifelong, cherished friendships in Seguin. 
 
Her boys remain active horsemen in Texas, while Tammy moved to New York City and Los Angeles, developing careers in both theater and culinary arts.  When Jim took up showing cutting horses, she became a big fan of the sport, making many good friends with her fellow “bleacher creatures” at cutting contests. Shirley also found time to be an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs, who are making her proud in the playoffs this season.
 
After 44 years in the country, Shirley and Jim decided to move to town, and they chose College Station, where Ricky and his wife Martha were living. There they joined the family of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, for whom they are thankful and by whom they are blessed.  They also loved getting to know Martha’s family. When Shirley’s health declined in the final years of her life, she was blessed to receive expert care, and the family is especially grateful for the kindness and love offered by Dee Blackmon and her wonderful staff at the Establishment and Grace House. 
 
Shirley leaves a legacy of love and Christian faith to Jim, her devoted husband of 58 years, and three children, Ricky, Russ and Tammy, along with several grand- and great-grandchildren, two surviving sisters and a host of relatives and friends. If it is possible to enter the Pearly Gates on horseback, we know she rode in singing.

erikErik Kristoffer Grout, 37, of College Station passed away peacefully Saturday April 18,2009. A Memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday May 12, 2009 at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station.

Erik was born in Lompoc, CA on April 5, 1972 to Ronald and Lis Grout. His early childhood was spent in Solvang, CA, Bergen, Norway, and Denmark. Later the family moved back to California followed by years in Houston and then College Station.

Erik graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station. He was honorably discharged after proudly serving 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps with most of his service as a Light Armored Vehicle crewman attached to Bravo Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LAR). While attached to 1st LAR, Erik participated in joint UN humanitarian operations in Somalia and Rwanda. His awards include the Rifle Expert Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, United Nations Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Erik also completed the Networking Technologies Program at SMU School of Engineering. In 2006, Erik graduated from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston. Erik had a wonderful outgoing personality and he never met a stranger. He was a loving son and brother and adored uncle. He leaves behind many friends and will be remembered as a faithful and caring buddy.

His military service in Africa left lasting effects on his life and also the lives of his family. He faced the resulting complications bravely and we are proud of him in this struggle. Survivors include his parents Ronald and Lis Grout of College Station; sister and brother in law, Kirsten and Greg Ward of Austin and their young children Thomas and Jonathan, and extended family in Denmark and California. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to A&M United Methodist Church “Van Fund”. 417 University Dr. College Station, TX 77840