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Johnny Ray Hall

February 23, 1963 ~ August 19, 2018 (age 55)

Johnny Ray Hall was born on February 23, 1963 in Crossville, TN; he was called home to our Lord and Savior on August 19, 2018 at the age of 55 after an extended illness.

Johnny grew up in the Rinnie Community and his loving Mother took him and his sisters to the Rinnie Baptist Church, raising the family in the Christian faith. He was very intelligent, outgoing, a leader and loved by his teachers. He was the only son and cherished his close relationships with his four younger sisters and his Mom and Dad who filled their home with unconditional love.

He was the apple of his Granny Ethel’s eye and loved by all. He lived his life to the fullest. He was charismatic, very athletic and pulling a Johnny prank every now and then. He loved the outdoors and bonded with his father while hunting and fishing. Throughout his life he enjoyed camping, boating, skiing, playing poker with his friends and spending time with his family.

Following in his Papaw and Dad’s footsteps, he became a builder in the Atlanta area and was very well respected for the quality of his work. He and Gina built a beautiful home in the North Georgia Mountains where they enjoyed many good times over the last 30 years. Gina and Johnny were best friends and she was always there for “Johnny Ray” as he was for her.

He was preceded in death by his Grandparents Virgil Hall, Ethel Garrision, Roy Moles, Virginia Mead and Special Cousins David Cook, Terry Lynn Underwood and Gina’s Father John Watkins.

He leaves behind Lifelong Soul Mate, Gina Watkins; Mother, Darlene Hall, and Father Butch Hall (Judy); Daughter, Christy Holt (Brad); Grandchildren, Blake, Cenleigh and Celsey; Sisters, Debra Pence (Robert), Judy Horn, Kathy Hall and Terrye Patton (Vernon); (Step Sister’s Kylene Cook {Sam}, Annette Hassler {Tim} and Joy Love); Nephews, Kyle, Cody, Dustin, Justin, Levi, Logan, Luke, Wil, and Aaron; great niece, Jesla; great nephews, Degan and Eli; Step Nephews Chad and Derek ; Nieces, Lecherisha (Chuy) and Kalani,. Step Nieces Ashley, Dakota , Jessie and Lizz ; Aunts Linda, Theresa; Cousins Margena, Dreama, Jenny, Chrystal; and ChristinForever Friends & Brothers, Michael, Randy and Gary, Gina’s Family, Grandmother Mildred Allison {Jack}, Mother Anita Watkins, Sister Mary {Jerry} Catherine, Laruen and Matthew; Brother, John Watkins {Debbie} Molly and Andrew; Brother, Bill Watkins {Laura} William, Rebecca & Anna. Many other family members and friends in Tennessee and Georgia also survive.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Springs Chapel on Roslin Road, Banner Springs in Fentress County TN, with a gathering immediately following at the home of Butch and Judy Hall to celebrate Johnny’s life. Feel free bring a side dish, chair and a story to share about Johnny.

Special thanks to Cindy Butler at Hillside Funeral Home, Springs Chapel Church, Northside Forsyth Hospital and everyone who prayed, called, visited, sent blessings and comforted our family. We will miss Johnny, but we will see him again.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Gina Watkins for Johnny’s medical expenses in care of Debra Pence P.O. Box 1783 Dahlonega, GA 30533

For more info and directions, call Cindy at Hillside Chapel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Gainesville, GA 770-287-0220

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Hillside Chapel Funeral Home & Cremation Services 1190 McEver Rd. Gainesville, GA is in charge of arrangements.


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