Virginia Wynne Hall, f/k/a Virginia Wynne Jones, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, peacefully died Good Friday, April 14, 2017. Born in her Grandmother Blankenship’s home in Douglasville, Georgia on July 15, 1924, Mrs. Hall was the daughter of Pearl Blankenship and Herman F. Wynn of Hapeville, Georgia. She was a 1941 graduate of Hapeville High School where she was a cheerleader, president of the Rainbow Girls and a member of the Atlanta Drill Team. Ginny, as she was called by many, attended Brenau College until the beginning of World War II. After hearing about Pearl Harbor on the radio in the dorm, she said “that it didn’t seem fair to be going to college. I want to go to work. The war is coming.” Virginia was a spirited child – a tomboy, always adventurous and self-reliant. A child of the depression, her determination enabled her to face a life with many changes and the courage to persevere. She had a fierce independent streak tempered by compassion and a great love and loyalty for her family.
Virginia met Marty Van Buren, a Georgia Tech student from Ohio, at a party at Brenau College. They married before he was sent to Europe where he was injured in the Battle of the Bulge. They had two children: Lynn and Tye Van Buren. Virginia became a single working Mom and went to Georgia State University to study business and found a job in the Insurance Department at GSU. For 18 years she devoted her life to her children, work and her parents. She met her second husband, Jack C. Jones, at a parents’ weekend at Wake Forest University. They married in 1972, and Virginia moved to Jack’s hometown of Hendersonville, N.C. For over 30 years Virginia enjoyed retirement by building a mountain retreat on “Frog and Fern Road.” Her love of gardening, wild flowers, birds, dogs and cats, flowers, music, traveling, quilting – all things bright and beautiful and good to eat! Jack, ever the Marine, fought his last battle with cancer and died in 2003.
Virginia and John W. Hall, Professor Emeritus of Insurance, met for the first time in thirty years at an Atlanta funeral of a retired Georgia State professor in 2005. John shared many of Virginia’s interests – family, reading, music, watching the birds and travel in United States and in Europe. They were married August 26, 2006 and enjoyed their golden years together – often an afternoon drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or a dinner at Lake Lure. They are members of the Edneyville United Methodist Church.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Lewis Wynn and wife Sarah; husbands, Martin Van Buren and Jack C. Jones; brother-in-law, Swanton Ivy, Jr. Virginia Hall is survived by her husband, Dr. John W. Hall; her daughter, Anne Lynn Van Buren and grandson, Andrew Van Buren Aydin; her son, Tye Wynne Van Buren, his partner, Jennifer Randle Lloyd and grandsons, Casey Montgomery Van Buren, Evan Lloyd, Avery Lloyd and Regan Lloyd. Her sister and best friend, Pattie Wynn Ivy; her nephews, Tommy Wynn, John Ivy, David Ivy and their families; her step-children, Robert G. Hall and Jackie A. Hall and family, Kathryn Hall, Jenny Jones Giles and family, and Connie Jones Aiken and family.
Graveside services will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, at 2 pm. Reception follows at her home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Elizabeth House, 581 S Allen Rd, Hendersonville, NC, whose compassion and help were invaluable.
Date: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
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