Final goodbyes

More than a thousand people on Saturday attended the funeral service dedicated to former-U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall, held at First United Methodist Church of Rockwall. Interment was held at Rest Haven Funeral Home and Memorial Park, located on State Highway 66.



Former-U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall received a hero’s farewell Saturday afternoon, surrounded by more than a thousand people from across the country who attended his funeral services at the First United Methodist Church of Rockwall.

After the service, Hall’s casket was taken to Rest Haven Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Rockwall to be laid to rest.

More than 100 people, including Hall’s family, friends and colleagues, attended the interment, which included a ceremonial flyover and a funeral salute.

Those in attendance collectively recited the Lord’s Prayer to mark the end of the funeral services.

Hall passed away at the age of 95 on March 7, news that garnered the messages of care and support from many who had gotten to know him through his time as a public servant. Congressman John Ratcliffe of Heath, who defeated Hall in the Republican primary election in May 2014, led a moment of silence at the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives dedicated to the late-congressman earlier this week. He also gave a speech in honor of Hall’s dedication to serving the country.

In a prepared statement to the Herald-Banner, Rockwall County Judge David Sweet said Hall “set the standard for public service.”

“He truly cared about people, and when in his presence you truly had his undivided attention. I’m better as a person for knowing Ralph Hall and truly value his friendship,” he stated.

Hall was preceded in death by his bride of 64 years, Mary Ellen Murphy, who passed away in August 2008.

Hall is survived by his children, Hamp and wife Jody, Brett and wife Karen, and Blakeley and wife Catherine. He is also survived by grandson Jay Hall and wife Katherine; granddaughters Sarah Hall, Amanda Hall, and Crystal Kemper and husband Kyle; grandson Steven Lule and wife Leanna; and great-grandchildren Caden Hall, Blakeley Kemper, Theodore Kemper and Kendall Kemper.

Other survivors include nephew Mark Scott and wife Vickie and children Haley and Alec.

The Herald-Banner’s obituary dedicated to Hall can be viewed online,