Leonard Dearl Hall, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 23, in Kingwood, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Jan. 9, 1930, in Camp Ruby, Texas, to the late Allen and Clara Jane Farris Hall. Dearl graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School in 1946, and he was a lifetime member of the Hull-Daisetta Hunting Club.
Dearl worked as a pumper for Texaco in Sour Lake for more than 40 years before retiring. He was a very intelligent and self-taught individual. Dearl was the sole designer, engineer and developer for a sand separation tool for oil separation on work-over oil rigs; he received a U.S. patent for his tool, and it was something of which he was extremely proud. He was also creative and talented when it came to carpentry with skills that were impeccable and detailed. Dearl was able to design and build his entire home from the ground up all by himself without any formal planning or blueprints.
Dearl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He was always so personable, well liked by so many and never met a stranger. In his younger years, he enjoyed singing at the Bobcat Den and still thought of himself as a decent singer today. Dearl would call his grandchildren on their birthdays just to sing them happy birthday. He was also an avid outdoorsman who admired the true beauty of what nature had to offer. Dearl pursued deer hunting, camping and traveling in his RV. He loved pulling trailers and was notorious for providing trailer etiquette to his family and everyone else. Dearl also enjoyed riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad train in Colorado from Durango to Silverton, taking in all the beauty it had to offer. When it came to cars, he was very mechanical and talented in working on them, often completing a full brake replacement in under 30 minutes. Not to mention, Dearl was an avid Ford lover and would preach everything Ford to others. Dearl’s favorite hobby of all was spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his beloved canines. His dedication and love to his family will be forever cherished and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. As proudly stated by Dearl in his last days, “I have lived a good life.” As shared by everyone who ever met him, “He was a very good man.”
Dearl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 44 years, Ada Catherine Henry Hall; his son, Robert “Bobby” Glenn Hall; his brothers, Allen Hall Jr., Doyle Hall and Earl Hall; and his sons-in-law, Rusty Musselwhite and Coy Varnon. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 22 years, Audrey Traxler Hall of Liberty; his daughters, Pat Hall of Houston and Tina Varnon of Kenefick; his grandchildren, Amanda Fauss and husband Jason, Sonya Hall, Michael Musselwhite and husband Moises, Jason Hall, Bana Jobe and husband Cade, and Seth Varnon and wife Kimberley; his great-grandchildren, Henry and Kate Fauss and Cyrek Jobe; his daughter-in-law, Karen Hall of Houston; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers are Michael Musselwhite, Moises Martinez, Seth Varnon, Cade Jobe, Jason Fauss and Sandro Garcia.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street in Dayton. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at Sterling Funeral Home, with Cade Jobe officiating. A graveside service and committal will follow at 4 p.m. in Guedry Cemetery in Batson.
Condolences can be shared online with the family by visiting SterlingFuneralHome.com.