Mr. Milton Arthur Hall, I
Mr. Milton Arthur Hall was born in Miami, Florida, the son of the late Sinclair and Bennie D. Hall.
As a young teen, he was a very financially savvy individual who sought early employment as a bag boy at the 5th Street Tip-Top Grocery Store and as a “shoe-shine boy” at Charles Ross Shoe Repair, both in Miami’s Historic Overtown neighborhood.
As a high school student, Milton sang in the Booker T. Washington (BTW) High School chorus, was a member of the football team, and involved with the Boys’ Council. He later graduated from Booker T. Washington in 1954. He was later inducted into the Booker T. Washington Hall of Fame.
Being a studious young man with a pronounced fascination with Mortuary Science, Milton accepted a position as an ambulance attendant at the M.S. Allen Funeral Home while still in high school. After graduating from high school, he served our country for three years in the United States Army. Upon receiving being Honorably Discharged, he returned to Miami and found employment with the United States Post Office as a letter carrier.
Seeking his ultimate dream to become a mortician, Mr. Hall enrolled at the Atlanta College of Mortuary Science (ACMS), where he obtained his primary education as a mortician and graduated. While a student at ACMS, he worked at the Seller’s Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta, Georgia, to effectively learn his trade.
Returning to the city of his birth, he became employed at the world-renowned Jackson Memorial Hospital as an orderly before becoming deeply immersed in mortuary science, specifically in embalming and funeral directing.
Mr. Hall’s extensive Mortuary career ranges from employment at the Range Funeral Home of Miami to being the Funeral Director for the Freeman Funeral Home of Pompano, Florida. With immense clarity in 1973, the entrepreneurial spirit led Mr. Hall along with his two partners to open the Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt Mortuary, P.A., where he was the Senior Partner.
Mr. Hall’s religious, professional, and civic affiliations are The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, where he served as a Vestryman, Chalice Bearer, Lay Reader, Chairman/Building Committee, Chairman and Episcopal Churchmen. Florida Morticians Association, where he served as Chairman, Financial Secretary, Chaplain, and Executive Board member. He was also the chaplain of the Miami-Dade County Mortuary Association. He was a member of the Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternity which is a mortician’s organization, The Greater Miami Kings of Club social organization, Fire Fighters and Police Office Retirement Trust for the City of Miami Board Member; Black Archives of Dade County Board Member; The Family Health Center of Dade County Board Member; Charter Member and Executive Board Member of the Kiwanis Afro American Club of Greater Miami and The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation Vestryman. Having a strong love for his community, Mr. Hall has donated numerous dollars to local optimists, churches, and National Panhellenic Fraternities /Sorority organizations.
He has been cited for numerous awards for appreciation, dedicated and outstanding services including St. John Missionary Baptist Church; The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation; the Board of Trustees of the Black Archives and Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc.; 1st Regional District of Florida Mortuary Association, Booker T. Washington Hall of Fame and Florida Morticians Association, Inc. He was named Mortician of the Year during the banquet on May 29, 1993.
Mr. Hall’s wide range of experience contributed significantly to the more than sixty-five years he dedicated to this calling. He was married to the former Josephine B. M. Hall, his wife of 63 years. They are the parents of three children, grandparents of eleven, and great-grandparents of seven. Mr. Hall is forever cherished by his loving Brother Benjamin “Frank” Hall.
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