Collierville is mourning a native son after the death of Judge William Craig Hall Monday.
Collierville's municipal judge since 1983 and Rossville's since 1984, Hall earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1971 and degree of Juris Doctor from Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University in 1973.
"In serving as the town’s judge for the past 35 years, Judge Hall has demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to Collierville Municipal and General Sessions Court," said mayor Stan Joyner. "Judge Hall guided the court’s growth from conducting court in the old town hall board of mayor and aldermen chambers to the current municipal courthouse. Judge Hall was instrumental in formulating the design Collierville’s Municipal Courthouse that was built in 2010."
Joyner said as a lifelong Colliervillian Hall always served to protect the interests of Collierville residents and its corporate citizens in the administration of justice.
"He was fair, firm and compassionate to those coming before his court and often punctuated with a sage-dose of humor. His devotion to Collierville Court is unparalleled and demonstrated by his 24/7 availability to the Collierville Police Department to sign and execute warrants to ensure the safety of all who live and work in Collierville."
Hall, 71, was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1974, admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in 1975, admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in 1975 and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1990.
Hall was born in Shelby County on Jan. 7, 1947 and graduated from Collierville High School in 1965. He was vice-president of his senior class and co-captain of the Collierville High School football team.
After high school, Hall enlisted in the Marines and served aboard the USS Newport News, the US Navy Second Fleet Flag Ship, where he was a member of the Second Fleet Marine Detachment Drill Team. He was Marine Orderly to the Captain of the ship and the Admiral of the Second Fleet.
He was a proud member of the Collierville Rotary Club, West Tennessee Historical Society, National Rifle Association and Marine Corps League. He was also involved with the Collierville Lodge #152 F&AM, Adams Lodge #264 F&AM in Middleton, Scottish Rite, York Rite and Al Chymia Shrine in Memphis.
He was a beloved husband to Melinda Cox Hall, father of four and grandfather. His son, John Wright, predeceased him.
Judge Hall was a lifelong member of Collierville United Methodist Church and a communicant of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. He was proud to be a 13th generation Southerner and 14th generation Shelby Countian.
"Our sympathy goes out to the Charles Hall family in our parish and to the whole Hall family," St. Andrews said in a statement. "Craig was a great friend to St. Andrew's and a blessing to Collierville."
Funeral services have not yet been announced.