Martha L. Hall (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Martha Lacy Hall died at The Presbyterian Homes of Summerville, SC, Nov. 1, 2009. Mrs. Hall, a writer of short fiction and an editor, remained active in both fields until 2003. She was born August 19, 1923 to William M. and Elizabeth G. Lacy of Magnolia, MS. She graduated from Whitworth College, Brookhaven, MS, with a degree in journalism. Christmas Day 1942 she married Robert Sherrill Hall, Jr. of Memphis, TN, an electrical engineer on active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Halls moved to Baton Rouge, LA in 1955. In 1968 Mrs. Hall began her career with Louisiana State University Press as a Manuscript editor, a post she held until 1978 when she became Managing editor. In 1978 she edited the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, ' A Confederacy of Dunces,' by John Kennedy Toole. She retired in 1984, but continued to handle the fiction program from home at LSU Press for another decade. In 1970 she sold her first short story to The Southern Review. She continued to publish through 1991, seeing her work appear in such literary journals as Sewanee Review, Virginia Quarterly, and Washington and Lee Journal. She has won Honorable Mention in Doubleday's Prize Stories and the O. Henry Award for fiction. Her book titles were: Call It Living, 1981; Music Lesson, 1984; and The Apple-Green Triumph, 1990. Mrs. Hall was keynote speaker at Augusta State's Sand Hills Writer's Conference in Augusta, GA, 1983. Mrs. Hall is survived by her children Martha Lacy Hall (Marti) Bell and her husband, Dr. Ronald A. Bell, Charleston, SC; Jane Sherrill Hall Harmon, Augusta, GA; and Robert Sherrill Hall III, and his wife Donna, Baton Rouge, LA. Her grandchildren are Matthew Allen Bell of Los Angeles, CA; Clayton Douglas Harmon and his wife Nicole of Atlanta, GA; Andrew Hall Harmon of Washington, D.C., and Mary Jane and Martha Rose Hall of Baton Rouge, LA. The family wishes to thank the very kind and compassionate caregivers at The Presbyterian Homes of Summerville, SC. Contributions may be made to Christ School, 500 Christ School Rd., Arden, NC 28704 in memory of Matthew Bell's grandmother; to Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Rd, Martinez, GA. 30907 in memory of Clay and Andrew Harmon's grandmother, or to the Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care, 1901 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904 A graveside service conducted by her nephew, Hubert Lacy Causey, will be held on November 11 at 1:00 PM, Magnolia Cemetery, in Magnolia, MS, with a reception afterwards at the home of her niece, Mrs. Richard Cone Moore. A condolence may be made to her Guest Book at Arrangements by James A. McAlister, Inc. Charleston, SC (843)766-1365. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-November 6, 2009