James (Jim) Norman Hall, of Greenbrier, Tennessee passed away Monday, May 10, 2021, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, where he was being treated for multiple medical conditions due to COVID-19.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of his Life and Faith will be held at Cornerstone Nashville Church, Madison, Tennessee, at noon Saturday, June 5, 2021. Jim Hall’s Celebration of Life will continue after the service with his favorite church event — A Church Pot-Luck Dinner! The dinner will be held at the church. The family is requesting friends participate by bringing their favorite dish, staying to visit and share memories. There will be a Live Feed of the service for those unable to attend at “Jim Hall Celebration of Life” on Facebook. Inurnment will follow on his wife’s grandparent’s farm in Atlanta, Kansas at a later time.
Jim was born to Norman and Dona (Joan) Hall. He was raised in Metropolis, Illinois, and graduated from Metropolis High School in 1976. He continued his studies at Carbondale, Illinois, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1978 from Southern Illinois University. He continued his education at Belmont University in Nashville and in 1988 was awarded a dual degree in Business Administration and Music Business.
Through his 40 year career, Jim utilized his skills in engineering, design, and research through many aspects of the entertainment industry including acoustics, audio, video, film, production, touring, artist relations, installation, digital technology, electronics, lighting, and computers.
Jim worked in live and studio engineering, and film/video audio engineering, with industry professionals such as Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Martina McBride, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Tim McGraw, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Bruce Hornsby, Judas Priest, DC Talk, The Gaither Vocal Band, Patti Page, Mark Lowry, and many others. Additional projects include Memphis Symphony, Dove Awards Show, Ground Star Laboratory Studio, Tokyo Studios, Elite Post, Post Masters, The Jim Halsey Company, Tom Hidley, Bob Todrank, Ben Harris, and Sherman Halsey. He received two Gold Video Awards in audio engineering technology.
He designed, produced, and utilized studio monitors and loudspeaker systems, public address systems, microphones, and acoustics for his own company, Jim Hall Acoustics Research. These designs were implemented in Church sanctuaries and multipurpose facilities across the United States, Congregation Micah Synagogue, University of Kentucky Football Stadium, ATC/Shreveport, LA, State of Tennessee, US Federal Courthouse, City of Decatur, AL, Medical Facilities, Theatres, NFL North Carolina Panthers Stadium, LP Field Sounds Stadium, Christian Resource Network (CRN), Live Feed Military International Communication, FCC regulated acoustics for residential complex, and an outdoor residential environmental acoustic barrier and defusing system. Jim developed and designed a groundbreaking lighting manipulation system using sound waves for an Amy Morriss video. Custom designed The Nashville Municipal Auditorium sound system and various projects as the design engineer for Allied Sound.
His passion was to troubleshoot a client’s issue, discover the desired outcome and fulfill those requirements with accuracy and integrity. No matter a boardroom of 12 seats or a televised event with millions of viewers, his goal was people could enjoy the event without being conscious of the sound. In 1988 Jim Hall Acoustics Research was commissioned for its first loudspeaker design for Hillcrest SDA Church, Nashville, Tennessee. The system was still being utilized until 2010 when Hillcrest donated the system to another church. It gave him such satisfaction his motto “May those that hear, Listen.” continues today with his first design.
On September 13, 1986, Jim was united in marriage with Jaci Cordell Thompson at her grandparent’s family farm in Atlanta, Kansas. The couple are members of Cornerstone Nashville Church where Jim utilized his expertise in broadcast and production services for 20 years. He had serviced similarly at Bethel Chapel, Brentwood, Tennessee for 13 years prior and Glen Leven Presbyterian Church, Nashville, two years.
Jim walked strong in his Christian faith. He strived to be a witness of God’s word personally as well as professionally through his interactions with everyone he met. Often he would volunteer his services for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, independent record projects and several church events. He always contributed his passion and gift of audio and acoustics to God. He was an honorable, principled, talented man.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jaci, of the home; one sister, Teri van der Mast, of Murphy, North Carolina; and a nephew, Karson Kelley (Jeffery Spicer) of Atlanta, Georgia. Jim Hall will be deeply missed.