Boyd Ray Hall 88, of Salem, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas.
He was born in Kittle, Arkansas on January 14, 1930, son of the late Jessie (Estes) and Claud Hall. Boyd spent his life as a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He was united in marriage to Wanda Jean Sanders in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas on February 17, 1955 and from this union two daughters were born. He was a member of Salem First Baptist Church, past member of the Salem School Board and Fulton County Hospital Board and owner/operator of Salem Rodeo for 19 years. Boyd Ray served our country in the United States Navy and worked as District Manager for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative until he retired in 1993. At the age of 17, Boyd Ray started working for NAEC, he dug holes for the power poles and walked 4 miles a day to work. In 1957, he was named District Manager for Salem then in 1980 NAEC added the Mountain Home District to his responsibilities. Farming was a big part of Boyd Ray’s life. He and Wanda bought their farm in 1956 and already had 19 head of cattle. The farm was where Boyd Ray taught both of his daughters and all the grandkids to drive. He spent his retirement years working on the farm taking care of the land and their herd. Boyd and Wanda took many “National Lampoon Vacations”. He was so proud that he and Wanda were able to take the two oldest grandkids to 45 states, oceans on both coasts and into Canada and Mexico.
Boyd Ray is survived by his wife, Wanda Hall of Salem; daughters, Kellye Jo McNulty and husband Steve of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Ginny Alford and husband Gregory of Thayer, Missouri; six grandchildren, Ashley Gordon and husband Kris, Jessica Carlisle and husband Kyle, Jacob Alford and fiancé Kaitlyn, Alexandria McNulty, Jordan Alford and Olivia McNulty; four great grandchildren, Tucker Gordon, Kadin Carlisle, Peyton Carlisle and Liam Carlisle and sister, Ethel Morris and husband Cecil.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Claud Hall; sister, Eulalie Humphrey; brother, Noble Hall and niece, Donna Martin.
Pallbearers include: Jacob Alford, Mike Dover, John Simers, Ron Plumlee, James Kerley and James “Frog” Robbins
Honorary Pallbearers include: Greg Alford, Steve McNulty, Boyce Owens, Stacy Robbins, RN, Larry Sanders, Frankie Auten, Toby Hall, Johnny Williams, DVM, Dennis Anthony, Jennifer Smith, Aid, David Kauffman, MD, Kenneth Geib, Noel Mills, Morris Hall, George Walling and Hanna McEntire, RN.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 23, 2018 beginning at 2:00 PM with Bro. John Hodges and Bro. Tom Doty officiating at Salem First Baptist Church in Salem, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Salem, Arkansas. Visitation will be Monday, January 22, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Doty Family Funeral Service Chapel in Salem, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral Service of Salem, Arkansas.