Fran Hall – Member Profile

Hometown:  Bristol, TN

Birthday: July 3, 1938

Have you ever heard the expression, “Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman?”  That expression is aptly used when talking about one member of our congregation.  Meet Fran Gentry Hall.

Fran Gentry Hall

Fran Gentry Hall

Fran grew up not far from the famous Bristol Motor Speedway and the Thunder Valley Drag Strip in Bristol, Tennessee.  She attended Holston Valley High School in Bristol, and then went on to the Virginia Intermont College which is located in Bristol, Virginia.

Fran is married to Reverend James P. Hall, affectionately known to us all as Jim.  They met in his father’s church in Bristol and were married in 1956.

Jim and Fran with their Granddaughter Anna Daley

Jim and Fran with their Granddaughter Anna Daley

Fran is a strong and supportive wife, mother, and grandmother.  Her strength was clearly evident during the illness and death of her granddaughter, Anna Daley.  Her strength and resolve was crucial in helping her family through this tough stretch in their life.  Knowing that Anna is safe with the Lord, and that someday their family will be reunited in Heaven, brings much comfort to the Hall family.

Fran and Jim are the proud parents of two lovely daughters, Sue Esleck and Lisa Ann Daley.  They have also been blessed with 2 other grandchildren, Brandon and Emily Esleck, who are both students at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.  War Eagle!!

Fran worked for 8 years teaching students with behavior disorders in West Virginia. She also worked as a Girl Scout Leader and the toughest job of all, homemaker.

When Fran has free time, she enjoys golfing, ceramic painting, gardening, and canning.  When the Hall family is on vacation, you will find them either at the beach or the mountains, enjoying God’s Creation.

Many members of Eastminster are probably not aware of all the work performed by Fran Hall.  That is because Fran doesn’t work so that others will pat her on the back.  She finds her joy in loving and caring for others privately.  Fran is one of the most giving people you will ever meet, but she is also a very private and humble Christian.

Anna Daley, Fran, Jim, and Emily Esleck

Anna Daley, Fran, Jim, and Emily Esleck

Eastminster was truly blessed when God led James P. Hall to be our Interim Pastor back in 1999.  Not only did we get to have Jim lead us for 2 years, but we also have been blessed by having the Halls as members of our church since 2006.  Introduce yourself to this remarkable servant of the Lord.  Fran Hall.

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