SABRINA EVELYN BROWN HALL – 94 - Polk County School Board
LAKELAND - Sabrina Evelyn Brown Hall, a lifelong resident of the Lakeland area,died Sunday November 3rd, 2013, at her home in Lakeland, Florida.
Sabrina married the love of her life Kenneth Hall, a farmer and rancher, December 22, 1937, within days of her graduation from Kathleen High School. They were married 57 years before his passing in 1994.
Sabrina is a retired Polk County school teacher who began her teaching career in 1938, in a one room schoolhouse in the north Polk County community of Green Pond. While teaching, raising son Larry, and helping her husband on their farm, she also attended Florida Southern College at night and on weekends earning her Bachelors of Science in Education on March 22, 1948.She continued teaching at Kathleen Elementary from 1944 - 1964 and was one of the original twelve Padgett Elementary Pioneers who opened the school in September, 1965.
Sabrina retired from Padgett Elementary and at her retirement party her principal said of her "The Greatest Teacher once said 'Suffer the little children to come unto me.' In five years we have not seen a teacher who has shown more love and devotion to the children than Mrs. Hall. On many days she has been the first at school in the morning and the last to leave at night."
Sabrina, her husband Kenneth and son Larry, were faithful members of Bethel Baptist Church in Socrum until 1966, when they moved from the Socrum area to their ranch northeast of Lakeland. The couple then became active members of Parkview Baptist where her membership remained until her death. Her faith was central to her life and she demonstrated that faith daily in her home, her classroom, and her church where she was active in teaching young people for many years in Sunday school, Girls Auxiliary, and youth activities. Sabrina's greatest accomplishments may have been in the lives of her family and friends and especially in helping to mold her students. Her dedication and desire to teach school lessons as well as the Judeo Christian values to which she was committed was evident. Students could feel encouraged by her generous heart of love and concern for them knowing she truly wanted to help them develop their full potential. She was dedicated to children, both in her family and those whom she taught in public school or church. Sabrina loved her large extended family and was available to help out day or night. After her retirement she was often found working outside in her garden or yard and canning or freezing vegetables from the family garden. She often taught school all day, returned home to help on the farm until well after dark, cook and serve dinner, later grade papers and prepare to teach the next day. She was a strong and dedicated woman who was able to successfully develop her career in education while fully accomplishing her role as mother, wife, mentor and teacher at her church.
Survivors include her only child, Larry Thomas Hall, wife Christy, and Karen Morris Jerry her grandchildren's mother, all of Vero Beach, Florida; grandchildren John Hall Jen Jen Tampa, Florida, Steven Hall Chari Covington, Louisiana, Brian Hall of New York, New York, Natalie Ikemeier Ryan of Erie, Colorado and 5 great grandchildren Catherine Hall, Ethan Hall, Mason Hall, Alexander Ikemeier and Greyson Ikemeier.
She is also survived by her brother A. Glenn Brown of Lakeland.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Jerry Kenneth Hall; her father Audubon G. Brown; mother Lela Missouri Brown, also a school teacher; stepmother Clara Brown, brothers Clyde "Cowboy" Brown, J.H. "Pete" Brown, Council A. "Coot" Brown, Paul Freeman Brown and twin sisters Letty and Netty Brown.
The family is grateful for the gentle loving caregivers who have served her these past several years, Linda Newberry, Carolyn Harris, Elizabeth Harrison, and Pat Hicks.
We who love her know that Sabrina Brown Hall was a woman after God's own heart! Please join her family in a celebration of her life on Friday November 8th, 2013 at the Gentry Morrison Chapel at 3350 Mall Hill Road, Lakeland, Florida and for funeral services Saturday November 9th, 2013 at the same location followed by burial at Socrum Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Hall Youth Fund at Parkview Baptist Church, 509 Parkview Place, Lakeland, Florida 33805 or to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Florida 33823. – Ledger, Wed. Nov.6, 2013