Brenda S. Hall

Published 2:45 pm Saturday, December 10, 2022

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Brenda Spencer Hall, 77, succumbed December 1, 2022, after a valiant battle with two primary cancers, breast and lung. A proud native of Gum Neck, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Dorothy Cahoon Brickhouse and Rudolph Spencer who predeceased her.

She was also predeceased by her first husband, Kenneth Howard Holmes, and long-time companion, Dee Blood and sister Delories Rose.

She is survived by her proudest accomplishment, her precious children; Kenneth Dean Holmes and his wife Nancy of Fincastle; Kevin Allan Hall and his wife Lisa of Virginia Beach; Angela Anderson of Suffolk; and their father, William Hall of Portsmouth. Thanks to them she was given five of the most precious grandchildren to worship, spoil and add to her circle of love in Morgan Lawhon (Dawson), Kegan Anderson, Rachel and Kenneth Holmes and Addison Hall. Her surviving siblings include her sister Verna Bartholomew, who always had her back throughout life; her brothers Donnie Lanier and his wife Mona of Washington, North Carolina, and Buddy Brickhouse and is wife Annie Lee of Gum Neck, North Carolina.

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Other special ones surviving her are Darla, Ray, Joshua and Jackson Simmons, Ronni Nation, Jamie and Mark Ertter, Leslie, Mike and Lexi Martin, and many friends.

Owner of Typography Plus Publications for over 30 years, she was very proud of being considered a true “typesetter”, a term rarely understood in this day and time. She came into the printing industry after proudly graduating from Columbia High School and the employment agency sent her to Liskey Lithograph, which she had the hardest time trying to pronounce on the phone with her Ca’lina accent, so they eventually transferred her to the typesetting department, a move that thankfully shaped her career. At that time it was extremely antiquated but she was fortunate enough through the years to see it develop from clunky machines to just a desktop unit that could produce excellent graphics. Her proudest job-related accomplishment was being recognized in 1983 by the Printing Industries of America as a “Master Printer: Phototypographer” while employed by Printcraft Press. She also worked for Teagle & Little Printers and Horst Advertising. Being in the tight-knit community of printing for 50+ years, she culminated many long-lasting friendships that she held dearly to her heart.

A long-time volunteer for the Olive Branch Football Association and Olive Branch Little League, she also gained many friendships through the years and always loved it when one of her former cheerleaders would come up to her and reminisce, sometimes even apologizing for their behavior while on her squads. In addition to volunteering at her children’s’ schools throughout the years, she was a March of Dimes volunteer for several years and a 30 plus-year member of the Women of the Moose.

Currently, Brenda had been attending Pinecrest Baptist Church in Portsmouth.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kevin Wilson, Riverside Cancer Treatment Center and all the many doctors who worked so diligently to treat our Mom. Also, many thanks to Ginny Robinson, Candy Goss, Connie Lauver, and Missy Sletten, her caregivers throughout her illness, who not only provided transportation but lent an ear when needed.

Visitation will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2022 at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2022 in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel in Chesapeake. Immediately following the service there will be a reception at Sturtevant Event Center in Portsmouth.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the CHKD Hospital, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, Virginia 23507.

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