Nor­ris Mor­gan Hall

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DOVER, DEL. — Nor­ris Mor­gan Hall left this earthly life for this Heav­enly home on his 81st birth­day, March 29, 2016.

He was born in the farm­house on his Sparks’ grand­par­ents farm near his home­town, Church Hill, on a blus­tery spring day. Born to the late Edith Sparks Hall and N. Mor­gan Hall, Nor­ris spent all of his child­hood and most of his adult years in Queen Anne’s County. He moved to West­min­ster Vil­lage in Dover, Del. in Septem­ber 2011.

He grad­u­ated from Cen­tre­ville High School in 1953, where he was ac­tive in clubs and was a mem­ber of the var­sity basketball team. He con­tin­ued his ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Delaware where he ma­jored in civil engi­neer­ing. While there he met the love of his life, Harriette Daw­son, whom he later mar­ried and started a life to­gether that spanned over 61 years.

Nor­ris’ first ma­jor con­struc­tion project was the build­ing of the seg­ment of U.S. Route 301 through Price. This was Nor­ris’ start in the road con­struc­tion field which con­tin­ued for the rest of his work­ing life. He worked for such com­pa­nies as F.P. Asher and Sons; James Ju­lian and Sons and David A. Bram­ble Inc., for whom he was em­ployed for over 26 years. In Jan­uary of 1986, Nor­ris ful­filled a life­long dream by form­ing his own busi­ness, MidShore Paving Com­pany. To­gether with his wife Harriette, they grew the busi­ness to be­come a well-known and re­spected paving com­pany in the mid­dle East­ern Shore area. In 1992, Nor­ris and Harriette re­tired af­ter sell­ing their com­pany to Gen­star Stone Prod­ucts. He con­tin­ued as a con­sul­tant to them as well as sev­eral other com­pa­nies and man­ag­ing sev­eral rental prop­er­ties in Mary­land and Florida.

High on Nor­ris’ list of pri­or­i­ties was at­tend­ing sports and other ac­tiv­i­ties of his three chil­dren and his grand­chil­dren. Nor­ris was al­ways ac­tive in churches he at­tended, the length­i­est mem­ber­ship be­ing First United Methodist Church in Ch­ester­town, where he was a mem­ber for more than 40 years. He served as chair­man of the board of trus­tees for the church for over 20 years. He also served on var­i­ous com­mit­tees and other ac­tiv­i­ties. Dur­ing the years of Church League basketball in Kent County, Nor­ris coached the girls’ team where he led them to two cham­pi­onships. He took great pride in be­ing a coach and men­tor to this group of girls. Un­der his lead­er­ship, the church es­tab­lished a schol­ar­ship fund for wor­thy high school grad­u­ates of their con­gre­ga­tion.

Com­mu­nity ser­vice was im­por­tant to Nor­ris. He was a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Church Hill Lions Club and a mem­ber of Ch­ester­town Elks Lodge No. 2474. Nor­ris served on the board of gov­er­nors and was a past pres­i­dent of the Ch­ester River Yacht & Coun­try Club. He was a cur­rent mem­ber of Maple Dale Coun­try Club in Dover, where he en­joyed many rounds of golf with his new­found Dover friends. Nor­ris’ hob­bies were golf­ing, read­ing, trav­el­ing, bridge and es­tab­lish­ing a back­yard sanc­tu­ary for birds.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, Nor­ris was pre­ceded in death by his grand­par­ents, Os­car and Rose Sparks and Theobold and Sarah Kather­ine (Sally) Hall, as well as a daugh­ter, Doris Ann Fer­gu­son Heasley in 2010. He is sur­vived by his wife of 61 years, Harriette Ann Daw­son Hall; a daugh­ter, Nancy Ruth Cole­man and her hus­band Tim of Dover; and a son, Cur­tis Ed­ward Hall and his wife Ch­eryl of Fair Hill. He is ad­di­tion­ally sur­vived by grand­chil­dren Christo­pher Land­ing, Kathryn (Katie) Land­ing Klages (Will), Ad­di­son Grewen (Emily), Lacey Ann Fer­gu­son Douthat (Luke), Thomas (Tom) Hall and Hunter Hall and a step-grand­daugh­ter, Tara Cole­man (Josh Clark). He took great de­light in the ad­di­tion of his great-grand­chil­dren Hay­den and Shayla Klages and Dakota Grewen and step-great-grands Hayleigh and Ma­son Clark. Ad­di­tional sur­vivors are his sis­ter, Bar­bara Hall Dunn of Wilm­ing­ton, Del. and her three sons, and a spe­cial cou­ple, Mary Lynn Cameron and her hus­band Don­ald of Sec­re­tary.

A fu­neral ser­vice was held Mon­day, April 4, at Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam in Ch­ester­town.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be sent to Dover Hospice Home Care, 16 Polly Drum­mond Cen­ter, Polly Drum­mond Shop­ping Cen­ter, Ne­wark, DE 19711 or to Wy­oming United Methodist Church, 216 Wy­oming Mill Road, Dover, DE 19904.

Please visit www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­home. com to ex­press con­do­lences to the fam­ily.

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