Ann Hall was born Sept. 3, 1935 near Many, La., to Frankie Hopkins and Isaac Buell Hickman (“Barney”) Aldredge. She grew up in Orange and graduated early from Lutcher-Stark High School, where she excelled in science.
After marrying Miles Hall, Jr. in 1954 and starting a family, she moved to Bridge City and began working for Keown Supply, where she was an office administrator.
In 1972 she married W.T. Oliver. She joined him in Oliver and Associates, his industrial public relations business. She also owned and operated J-Ann Nursery in Port Arthur, along with her sister, June. Ann had a terrific green thumb and no plant ever had the bad manners not to grow for her.
With W.T., Ann was among the founders of the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio. They also worked on many projects for the Hughen School and helped start the Golden Triangle Veterans Memorial Park. They were members of the Pompano Club in Port Arthur for many years.
Ann devoted most of her time to being “Granny.” She presided over weekly family dinners, taught her grandchildren to read and spoiled the living daylights out of the whole lot.
After losing W.T., Ann was reunited with Miles Hall, Jr. She enjoyed her last years with “Pawpaw,” joining St. Paul Episcopal Church in Orange and Sunset Grove Country Club.
Ann is survived by her husband, Miles Hall, Jr.; sister, June Bishop and daughter, Becky Rutledge and husband David, all of Bridge City; son Miles Hall III and wife Donna of Beaumont; daughter Linda Burkom and husband Maury of Houston; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
On Sunday, Aug. 28, the family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. followed by the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1401 W. Park Ave., Orange.
Arrangements are under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.