Kevin Hall had three luminous stars in his world: his beloved children Gavin, Katelyn, and Aaron. Those stars lit up his life.
Kevin Matthew Hall was born April 14, 1970, in Greenfield, Mass., and died May 10, 2021, in Houston, Texas. He was the fourth of seven children of Warren Hall and Judy (Hall) Thorpe – Scott, Michelle, Andrew, Kevin, Allison, Molly, and Emily. His sister Michelle Bjork, seven years older, remembers the night he was born:
“I was asleep when my father came into my room to tell me the baby had been born. Having an older brother and younger brother at that point, I desperately wanted a sister. When he said Kevin was my new brother, I groaned and said, ‘Not another one!’ Nevertheless, I loved Kevin with my whole heart from that moment on, even more so after the accident.”
The car accident happened in 1975 when Kevin was five years old. Three of his four siblings were killed by a drunk driver; only Michelle and Kevin survived. Later the Hall family joyfully welcomed two baby girls, Molly and Emily, who adored their big brother.
Kevin graduated in 1988 from Shattuck School-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., before heading to Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he obtained a BA in history. Ever the entrepreneur, he earned spending money by renting his cat out to help with mouse problems in his dorm and by buying gallons of ice cream and selling dishes to hungry students.
After graduating college, he moved to Houston, where he attended Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. A classmate said that he and Kevin alternated between being first and second in their class throughout law school, a friendly competition which Kevin won by graduating first in his class in 2003. His classmate was second, and they became clerks for the same federal judge, cementing their lifelong friendship.
That federal judge said of Kevin, “Not only did Kevin possess a great legal mind, but he was a team player, respectful and considerate of others, always displaying a generous spirit toward his fellowman.”
Kevin mentored countless TSU law students studying for the bar exam. A former student and current family court judge said, “Kevin had a brilliant mind and helped hundreds of law students. He will be missed.”
Kevin set up his practice in Houston, first specializing in criminal law before switching to personal injury cases. Everyone he worked with remembered Kevin’s big heart and desire to help others. One colleague said she hired Kevin to represent her when she was down on her luck. After talking through her case, he asked what else she needed. “I need a job,” she said. Without missing a beat, Kevin said, “Be at my office Monday morning; you’re hired.”
Kevin was a longtime member of Second Baptist Church in Houston, where he worshipped and attended Bible classes. He and his wife Karen proclaimed their faith by being baptized together.
Kevin was a father, husband, son, brother, friend, and colleague. But it was the deep unconditional love he shared with his mother that buoyed him.
Survivors include his son Gavin Hall, 13; daughter Katelyn Hall, 4, son Aaron Hall, 2; wife Karen Truong Hall, his mother and stepfather Judy and Doug Thorpe, his father Warren Hall; and sisters Michelle Bjork, Molly Hall, and Emily Lockridge. He will be remembered by many others who knew him and loved him.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Vivian and Albert Thompson and Dorothy and Paul Hall.
A private service will be held, after which Kevin will be laid to rest beside his brothers and sister at Vernon Cemetery in Vernon, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bo’s Place, a bereavement center in Houston that provides support services to children, families, and adults in their grief journey. Bo’s Place, 10050 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054, (713) 942-8339, bosplace.org.
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