E'town's 'first man' dies at 67

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Hall remembered as kind, generous man

By Gina Clear

Councilman Ron Thomas fondly remembers referring to Charles Hall Sr., Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger’s husband, as the city’s “first man.”

“He accepted that role very graciously,” Thomas said. “He got a kick out of me calling him that.”

Hall died Thursday morning at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville after a prolonged hospitalization following open-heart surgery. He was 67.

Thomas, who has been keeping contact with Berger during Hall’s hospitalization, said he knew something was wrong when he didn’t hear from her Wednesday.

“I consider Charlie a friend,” Thomas said. “It was a great loss for me.”

When Berger was considering filling the city’s mayoral vacancy after Mayor Tim Walker died unexpectedly in June, Thomas said she wanted to speak to Hall before making a decision.

“She confided in him,” Thomas said. “He was very supportive of her. If he wasn’t supportive, she would not have done it. Charlie was right there and very, very proud of her.”

Thomas, who has been filling in for Berger at the past two council meetings, said Berger had a cot in Hall’s room at the hospital during the lengthy stay.

“She’s been there the whole time,” he said. “They were a perfectly matched couple, a very happy couple with a very happy life. I know it’s going to be a great loss for her.”

The couple was married in April 2006.

Charlie Bryant, executive assistant to the mayor, said city hall was “subdued” after hearing the news.

“She’s been gracious enough to do the job for the city and us,” Bryant said. “She has had a lot to deal with and now this. I have a lot of sympathy for her.”

Hall, who owned Hall’s Tool Supply and Repair on Main Street in Elizabethtown since 1993, was known by his employees as a “great guy.”

“It was a hard time this morning,” Mike Miller, Hall’s employee of 10 years, said Thursday. “Charlie would have done anything for you. He’s going to be missed. The whole city will miss him.”

Debbie Myers, a longtime friend of Berger, said she will remember Hall as a kind and generous man.

“In talking to Sherry, Edna’s daughter, she would say how kind he was to everyone,” Myers said. “Charlie was there and helped in any way needed. He was a wonderful father to his son, Charlie.”

Hall and Charlie Jr. worked together at their store.

“He was the greatest guy there ever was,” Charles Jr. said.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Charles and Tammy Hall Jr., of Elizabethtown; six stepchildren and spouses, Todd and Cindy Berger, Sherry and J.T. McAdams, Troy and Laura Berger, and Trevor and Michelle Berger all of Elizabethtown, Shanna and Mike Rucker and Jeff Sewell, all of Louisville; two grandchildren and 16 step-grandchildren.

Hall’s funeral is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Dr. Chuck Darland officiating. Cremation follows the service.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.