Frances Hall


HOT SPRINGS — Frances Toney Hall, 96, of Hot Springs, died Thursday, January 10, 2013.

She was born July 5, 1916 in Pine Bluff, the only child of William Lunsford Toney and Lorine Hightower Toney. Her father was a longtime mayor of the city and a fixture in local politics for three decades. Mrs. Hall attended Miss Boyette’s School for the elementary grades and graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1933. She then attended Hendrix College in Conway. She was employed in Pine Bluff by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and by the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.

Frances Toney married Wade Hampton Hall in 1940. The couple had two children, Wade Hampton Hall, Jr., born in 1946, and William Toney Hall, born in 1952. She returned to work for the Pine Bluff Public Schools as a secretary and served many years at Gabe Meyer Elementary.

She was actively involved in the educational activities of her children serving repeatedly as Cub Scout den mother and as president of the Lakeside Elementary School PTA. She was a member of the Pine Bluff Junior Auxiliary and a Junior League sustainer, the Bess Jenkins Garden Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her loves were antiques, reading, and cooking and these activities occupied her retirement years.

Her life always centered on her church, First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff, and over the years, she served the church in many capacities, including two terms as president of the Women of the Church. She was instrumental in producing the church’s widely-read cookbook, Blessings, and in the establishment of the church archive. She was awarded the Honorary Lifetime Membership of Presbyterian Women for her lifetime of service to First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Wade Hampton Hall of Washington, Missouri and William Toney Hall of Hot Springs; and two grandsons, Bradley Hampton Hall and Austin Toney Hall, both of Hot Springs.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 14, 2013 in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff with Rev. Lance Clemmons officiating. Burial will follow in Bellwood Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Trulock residence, 1306 Trulock Road, Sherrill, Ark.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 717 West 32nd Avenue, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71603.

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