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Joseph Newton Hall, II

January 18, 1944 — February 12, 2024

Greenville, SC

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph Newton Hall II, affectionately known as Joe, on February 12, 2024. Joe's departure has left a void in the lives of his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on January 18, 1944, and raised in Missouri, Joe’s journey took him from the heartland of America to every corner of the world, making positive change wherever he went.

A cherished son, father, grandfather, and friend, Joe's love knew no bounds. His passion for animals, nature, and the great outdoors was evident from his early days in Missouri, guiding him through a life dedicated to environmental stewardship and the protection of our planet. Joe's academic prowess and unwavering curiosity led him far from his roots, eventually serving with the Army Corps of Engineers in Mississippi. His commitment to leadership and desire to save lives was further exemplified through his voluntary service in the U.S. military. His deployment to Vietnam spared his younger brothers, John, James, and Jerry Hall from the tumult of war. Joe's valor and integrity during these times left a lasting impression on those around him, embodying the spirit of selflessness and courage.

After his service, Joe's career path took him to Harvard, but his heart called him back to his first love—environmental protection. His 30-year tenure with the Environmental Protection Agency was marked by relentless efforts to conserve the Chesapeake Bay and other vital ecosystems. Joe's legacy includes not only the countless beach clean-ups he led but also the inspiration he provided to others to protect our environment, including his beloved daughter and granddaughter.

Joe's kindness extended beyond his environmental endeavors. He was a beacon of support and wisdom to his family, always ready to nurse sick animals back to health or offer a helping hand to those in need. His medical knowledge, ability to fix almost anything, and sage advice were unparalleled.

An adventurer at heart, Joe's travels took him to the Middle East and back to Vietnam, sharing these experiences with his daughter. His zest for life, love for trying new foods, and physical challenges were infectious. Joe leaves behind a legacy of kindness, wisdom, and an inspirational desire to make the world a better place. He is survived by his loving daughter, Natasha Hall, granddaughter, Najwa Smith, his wife, Nadia, and a vast network of friends and family who mourn his loss while celebrating his extraordinary life.

We will deeply miss Joe's presence in our lives, but his spirit and the lessons he imparted will forever remain with us. Rest in peace, Joe, knowing you have truly left this world a better place.

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