Georgia Blair Boothe Hall, 93, passed away at home June 8, 2023, in the care of family and compassionate caregivers. The seventh of nine children born to Georgia Estella Baldwin Boothe and Mark Johnson Boothe on March 26, 1930, Georgia grew up in Farmville, where she was often called “Georgie”, a name she grew to dislike. (As an adult she directed family and friends to call her by her given name, Georgia.)
When Georgia’s father found employment at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the Boothe family relocated to Portsmouth where Georgia was employed as a switchboard operator when she met Seaman Walter Miles Hall. While Walter served in the Pacific, they corresponded and shared photos, and on Walter’s return to the Portsmouth area following his 1947 discharge, they began their courtship. They married March 4, 1949 after Walter began his career with Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Georgia, loving wife and mother, followed Walter’s railroad career as their family grew, relocating to Rocky Mount, Petersburg, Emporia, Roanoke Rapids and later to Rockingham, NC.
Following retirement Georgia and Walter moved to Brunswick County, VA, where the family had established a recreational home. They became faithful supporting members of Liberty Church (Lawrenceville, VA), where Georgia followed the tenets of her faith in God, ultimately serving as choir director, pianist and organist. Active in many church activities, including Sunshine Club, Georgia was also an active member of the South Hill Aglow Chapter, which she served as treasurer for many years.
Georgia’s personal ministry and a testimony of her faith included playing piano or organ at funeral and memorial services (whether she knew the families or not) and playing and singing (alone or with friends) at a local rehab and nursing facility.
An exacting seamstress, Georgia sewed clothing for herself, Walter and her children. Skilled with embroidery and crochet, she created throws, quilts and framed embroidery for her children and grandchildren.
Georgia was predeceased by her husband of seventy years, Walter Miles Hall Sr., her daughter Sunday Hall Cavallaro, and seven of her siblings: Mark, Blanche, Lester, Thomas, Hunter, Wayne and Joyce.
Georgia is survived by her children: Leiza Hall (Paul), Miles Hall (Rowena), Ross Hall (Karen), Sibyl Thornell (Eddie), John Hall (Terrie), Ryan Hall (Tonya); son-in-law Rich Cavallaro; twenty-two grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; sister Jackie Boothe Crisler, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Georgia’s Life and Faith at 2:00 p.m. on June 11, 2023 at Williams Funeral Home (Lawrenceville, VA). Visitation begins at 1:00 p.m. Following a graveside service at Liberty Church Cemetery in Dolphin, Family and Church friends welcome guests for reflection, fellowship and repast at Liberty Church Fellowship Hall (3381 Planters Rd, Lawrenceville, VA 23868).
Georgia’s family expresses sincere gratitude to caregivers Delores, Donna and Dottie, for their friendship, love and compassionate care, helping to keep her at home in the last years of her life. The family is grateful for the in-home services of the staff of Gentiva Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you consider a contribution in Georgia’s name to Liberty Church (Attention: Treasurer, 3381 Planters Rd, Lawrenceville, VA 23868).