Stella Branham Hall, 94, of Somerset, Ky., and formerly of Allen, Ky., wife of the late Troy Hall Sr., passed away on March 5, 2014 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born June 5, 1919 to John Polk and Nancy Laferty Branham and was the eleventh of 12 children. She had seven brothers, Dick, Joe, John, Dee, Ernest, Turner and Jay Branham, and four sisters, Margaret Calhoun, Mary Ann Laferty, Susie Thompson and Abbey Branham — and all preceded her in death.
As a child she attended church and Sunday school every Sunday and was christened in the Methodist Church, Dwale, Ky. Her grandfather, who was a minister for over 50 years, talked about times when her mother read the Bible aloud for her father and her everyday. She learned and could recite many Bible verses and lived as a Christian all her life. In fact, her first date with her “husband-to-be” was at the Methodist Church of Emma, Ky. They later married on Dec. 23, 1937 by Johnny Nelson, minister of the Church of Christ, Dwale, Ky.
Stella and her beloved husband Troy Sr. were married 71 years and 25 days and were blessed with 11 children, six daughters and five sons: Troy (and Mary Alice Gayheart) Hall Jr., Janelle (and Kenneth) Conn and Ruby (and Bill) Dunn, all of Somerset, Ky., Helen (and Ernest) VanHoose, Lorton, Va., Phyllis (and Randall) Burchett, Louisville, Ky., James Kenneth (and Christine Hamilton) Hall, Mount Eden, Ky, Patricia Kay, Louisville, Ky., Barbara (and Robert) Beese, Richmond, Ky., and William Michael (Stacia Sexton) Hall, Bardstown, Ky.; seven nieces, Lena June Sword, Kodak, Tenn., Opal Fannin and Barbara Howard, both of Prestonsburg, Ky., Goldie Raser, Cliff, Ky., Lena Jean Pontious, Des Moines, Iowa, and Betty Lou Branham, Dwale, Ky.; five nephews, James Calhoun, Fla., Lester Calhoun, Prestonsburg, Ky., Estill Calhoun, Ind., Paul Henry Branham, Colo., and Frank Branham, Las Vegas, Nev.; and 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several other family members and friends.