Wil­liam Craig Hall, long­time Col­lierville judge, dies at 71

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - Ron Maxey Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

Long­time Col­lierville Mu­nic­i­pal Judge Wil­liam Craig Hall, who served the town in that ca­pac­ity for 35 years, has died at the age of 71.

Hall, who was hon­ored last month by the Board of Mayor and Al­der­men for his ser­vice, died Sun­day evening.

“We were deeply sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of Judge Wil­liam Craig Hall,” Mayor Stan Joyner said on the town’s web­site. “Craig was a man of great char­ac­ter, a gen­tle­man and a states­man. He be­lieved that truth, in­tegrity and val­ues had a place and pur­pose in life.”

Hall served on the Col­lierville bench in a part­time ca­pac­ity, and he also served as the mu­nic­i­pal judge for Rossville in neigh­bor­ing Fayette County.

A life­long Col­lierville res­i­dent, Hall was born Jan. 7, 1947, and grad­u­ated from Col­lierville High School in 1965. Af­ter serv­ing in the Marines, he re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Martin and a doc­tor­ate from the Univer­sity of Mem­phis’ Ce­cil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1973.

As Col­lierville’s judge, Hall in­sti­tuted a Ju­ve­nile Of­fender Pro­gram de­signed to pro­mote pub­lic safety among teen driv­ers.

Through the pro­gram, traf­fic vi­o­la­tions are not re­ported to the De­part­ment of Safety if the teen com­pletes it.

Hall was also an early ad­vo­cate of Judge Tim Dwyer’s Shelby County Drug Court. The court al­lows qual­i­fy­ing drug of­fend­ers to com­plete treat­ment in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters in lieu of crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion.

“He was re­ally good about re­fer­ring peo­ple from the Col­lierville court to my court,” Dwyer said Tues­day.

“We had a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship. He re­ally un­der­stood the drug court con­cept.”

Hall was a life­long mem­ber of Col­lierville United Methodist Church and a com­mu­ni­cant of St. An­drew’s Epis­co­pal Church in Col­lierville.

He leaves be­hind his wife of 32 years, Melinda Cox Hall, three sur­viv­ing chil­dren and two grand­chil­dren.


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