William Ames "Bill" Hall

  • Born: November 2, 1946
  • Died: August 18, 2020
  • Location: Folly Beach, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

A successful entrepreneur who breathed life into mountain-sized ideas. A visionary leader who until recently had a flip phone. And a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. All of this and more describes William Ames ("Bill") Hall, Founder of Hall Management Group and its signature Halls Chophouse restaurants located throughout South Carolina.

But the east coast is not where this hospitality legend got his start. Born November 2, 1946 in Seattle, Washington and raised in Sausalito, California, Bill Hall began his hospitality career on the west coast, as a teenager working in both a restaurant and in the family grocery store. His resilience training came early. Bill's father fired him after Bill terminated the butcher who had been there for 25 years. But if you know Bill, that tough call was likely the right move.

Bill's determination was only matched by his deep love for his family and his affection for serving people well. From Napa Valley to Vail, from Pebble Beach to Palmetto Dunes, Bill Hall ran some of the most luxurious resorts in the United States. Along the way, he always invested his time and money in the community, frequently going above and beyond the call for help. If we tried to list all of the charities blessed by Bill Hall and his family, we'd likely fill the page and more. He served on some of South Carolina's most prestigious boards including the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and Patriots Point Development Authority where Governor Henry McMaster recently appointed Bill as Chairman. But he never sought the limelight. He put others above self and that graceful humility cultivated relationships beyond count.

In 2008, Bill, his wife Jeanne, and sons Tommy and Billy founded Hall Management Group in Charleston and opened their first steakhouse. In 2009, they cut the ribbon on the iconic Halls Chophouse Charleston. Opening night, Bill borrowed $100.00 from his longtime friend Judge Sol Blatt to have money in the cash register. They ended the evening making $58.00. But many of you know "the rest of the story." Halls Chophouse Charleston, known for its food, welcoming atmosphere and attention to service detail, has won countless awards for dining excellence including a 2018 declaration from Trip Advisor as being one of the Top 10 Dining Destinations in the United States. And just last week, Trip Advisor listed Halls Chophouse Charleston as the third best fine dining restaurant in the United States. Bill was thrilled to learn of this news and proud of the phenomenal Halls Chophouse Charleston team and our guests who make these prestigious rankings possible. Halls Chophouse Charleston is one of 8 venues under the Hall Management Group umbrella. The other venues include Slightly North of Broad, Rita's Seaside Grille, High Cotton, Halls Signature Events at 5 Faber, Halls Chophouse Greenville, Halls Chophouse Columbia, and Halls Chophouse Nexton. All of the restaurants and staff are known for serving everyone in a generous, hospitable way, regardless of fame or fortune.

Family members are grateful for the outpouring of expressions of love and support throughout the community, the state and everywhere online. We received 600 condolences texts in one day. The theme of Bill making everyone feel welcome and "like family" was the essence of this gentleman and community giant. At the same time, Bill transcended the realms of old school business practices and being willing to "let's try something new." A delicious combination like salted caramel cake with bananas foster.

Bill Hall never sacrificed quality for quantity and he never passed and opportunity to invest in future leaders. From speaking at local colleges to his support in the next generation of culinary talent by sponsoring 8 high school students through the apprenticeship program at Trident Technical College, Bill knew our future leaders needed mentoring and support. He also knew his current restaurant family was key to his success.

In 2020, when COVID-19 hit and businesses in South Carolina were ordered to shut down, Bill's first thought was of his employees. While the country waited for Congress to pass the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Bill vowed to keep every single employee on payroll, funding their pay, benefits and 401(k) out of his own pocket. All tips collected from curbside to-go orders were equally distributed to employees as an added bonus to their paychecks. Bill Hall was a pillar of strength. And the Hall family's commitment to their employees, guests and each other is steadfast and strong.

We could go on for days about what Bill Hall has created, cultivated, loved and supported, but that's not what our Bill would want. Instead we believe he would challenge us to be generous with kindness and gratitude, to be courageous with possibilities and opportunities, and above all to enjoy a glass of wine with a juicy, delicious steak.

Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jeanne Lamond Hall and the loving Lamond family, son, Billy Hall, daughter, Stacey Gibson, son Tommy Hall (Catherine) and grandsons Redford Gibson, Ryland Hall and a Hall granddaughter on the way. Cousin, Barbara Bradeson and her husband Brian of Huntington Beach, California have meant so much to us over the years.

A celebration of life will be held in the future when we can all be together safely.

In lieu of flowers, please join us in supporting two charities near and dear to Bill's heart: MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children Hospital <https://givenow.musckids.org/>, MUSC Children's Hospital Fund, 59 Bee Street, MSC Code: 201, Charleston, SC 29425 and The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College, Bill Hall Culinary Entrepreneurship Endowed Scholarship, TTC Foundation <https://www.tridenttech.edu/foundation/support/DonateNow.htm>, PO Box 61227, Charleston, SC, 29419-1227.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry to hear of your father's passing, May shared memories bring comfort during this difficult time. Our prayers for your continued strength and God's indefatigable mercy.

Posted by Vidyut & Nutan Patel - EHT, NJ   April 01, 2021

Dear Mrs. Hall, Tommy, Billy and particularly, Stacey -
I am very sorry it has taken me this long to learn of Mr. Hall's passing, and to let you know how sad I was to hear of it. I will always remember his wonderful and personal skills as a host, and his kindness and hospitality; the man just KNEW how to make people feel at home and comfortable, and how to enjoy a great meal!! Every meal I ever had at one of the Hall restaurants was flawless (well, if not the wait time), and I knew that your Bill had a big hand in training each of the chefs, wait, and hosting staff. But whenever I was at the Chophouse - I always felt extra special, always welcomed and important, particularly because I was pretty well acquainted with Stacey (who was my student about 100 years ago). I will always remember having a wonderful dinner with you both, Stacey and her Grandmother (dinner with 3 fabulous ladies!), and how much fun it was. I'm just very sorry we apparently cannot do that again!
In any event, this brief note is to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and that I send my sincerest sympathy to each of you. I truly hope we will all meet again, someday.
With sympathy and affection, I remain,
Prof. Denis W. Keyes
James Island, SC

Posted by Denis W. Keyes - Friend   October 14, 2020

Jeanne, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing and for me to respond so late. I just found out today. As you know I first met you and Bill in 1976 in Sarasota and we have been friends ever since. Bill undoubtedly was one of the greatest hoteliers, restauranteurs, entrepreneurs, and hosts of our era. He was genuine, fun, socially adept and up to any challenge and a person to be counted on. He was a great leader and accomplished so much yet he was humble and cared deeply for his employees. He believed everyone mattered. He has always been my hero and I am certain Jeanne you were his angel, at times not an easy task. I think of you both often and now especially thankful to have seen you both in Charleston not that long ago. He had an enormous impact on my life and I'm sure the same is true for many others. I will miss him. If I can help in anyway please let me know. Roger.

Posted by Roger Naumann - Glendale, AZ - friend   September 23, 2020

Dear Jeanne, Billy and Tommy,

I got up pn August 18th and something was wrong, I wasn't myself, I was sad, and I didn't know why, there seemed to be a dent in the universe I didn't know about that was impacting my day. Then, turning on my phone, I got the news, Bill Hall had passed. I felt it before I knew it. Bill Hall was that impactful. I and my entire family are heartbroken for your family.

I learned fundamental business and personnel lessons from Mr. Hall, as I called him, and knowing him (and the entire Hall Family) has had a huge impact on how I approach my business and personnel life. As a young doorman at the Hyatt on Hilton Head that Bill managed with command, assertiveness and grace, he taught me if your job was to pick up cigarette butts do it great and to my horror he was picking up cigarette buts, my job, to prove his point. He didn't use words he used action a lesson in business I never forgot.

My personnel life lesson I learned from him was maybe even more valuable, the importance of family and friendship, even friends that sometimes you didn't see for months or years, he showed it in how he would great you with sincere joy reserved for family you would not have known that months or years had passed if you were an observer of these distant reunions.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Jeanne, Billy, Tommy. The Drum Family's hearts are full of love for your family and full of great memories as well as our undivided thoughts and prayers.

Kevin & Jennifer Drum
Bob Drum Jr., Debbie, Denise, Donna

Posted by Kevin Drum - Pinehurst, NC - Family Friend   September 01, 2020

Judge Blatt first introduced me to Bill when he was managing a hotel at Hilton Head not far from the Judge’s house. From that day to this, I have never known anybody who brought more joy to more people than Bill Hall. I have always thought the most important thing a person can do in life is to make other people happy. Bill certainly did that every day.

In doing so, he gave us much more than his superb restaurants. He gave us the most precious thing he had to give: his family. His memory will live on through them.

Posted by Alex and Zoe Sander - Friend   August 31, 2020

My heart goes out to the entire Hall family, not just Jeanne, Tommy, Billy and Stacy, but all of the employees and staff that were an extended family to the Halls. I have so many amazing memories of time spent at Halls with this family. I was lucky enough to spend time outside Halls with Bill and Jeanne also. This is a man who will be missed by so many people and in ways we cannot count. The community of Charleston has lost a treasure. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed by Jack and I. Prayers to the entire family during this time.

Posted by Ronda Hammang - Friend   August 27, 2020

To the entire Hall family. Bill was a gracious great friend. I still have a group photo of Bill and many prominent business men friends assembled for a dinner at Halls. He will always be bigger than life to us all. May God comfort you Genie, Stacey, Billy and Tommy and all your family during this difficult time. Whatever, whenever, or wherever I am needed don't hesitate to contact me. We love you all.
Corky Ullom

Posted by Corky Ullom - Friend   August 26, 2020

I have only met Bill in passing when entering his restaurant, but the hospitality he showed my wife and I is something I will never forget. Halls is my favorite restaurant in the world, and it is because of the service and love that is shown as soon as you walk through the door. Bill and his family have made so many occasions extra special because of the love shown. I am so sorry to the family for your loss.

Posted by Matt Goudy - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC - Acquaintance   August 26, 2020

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Posted by Maynard Barker - Friend   August 25, 2020

Bill and I have know each other since we were five years old. We spent time in our youth in Sausalito and never did lose contact with each other over the years. Bill was the masterful host. He was a gentleman and was the life of the party. He will always be remembered by me as a true friend and will be missed by all of us who knew him for such a long time. A toast to you Bill.

Posted by Tom Callahan - Friend   August 24, 2020

Shanel and I send our deepest condolensces to the Hall family, (immediate and extended). Mr Hall was always gracious, quick with an anecdote and above all,humble. Still in a bit of shock as I am sure most are. I know his legacy are in good hands however.

Dave Pierce

Posted by Dave Pierce - Charleston, SC - Family Friend   August 24, 2020

My condolences to the family and friends of Bill Hall a true gentleman.

Posted by Ted McKevlin - Friend   August 24, 2020

My condolences to the entire Hall family. You have made birthdays and anniversaries so special to our family. Charleston has been truly blessed. May you find comfort in the memory of a life well lived. I know you are honored to call him husband and father.

Posted by Rhonda Antonetti - Friend   August 24, 2020

The hospitality industry has lost one of the great ones. Bill created the best steak house in America and will be missed by so many. Heartfelt condolences to Billy, Tommy and Jeanne and the extended family at Hall Management Group.

Posted by Phil Keb - Friend   August 24, 2020

Jeanne, Billy, Stacey and Tommy

Please accept my condolences over your loss. What a wonderful life Bill enjoyed, the highlight being the love of all of you. We are thinking of you and praying for you.

Posted by Maribeth McElveen - Chicago, IL - Friend   August 23, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I was very lucky to be employed by the Halls for 4 wonderful years and Mr. Hall was so kind and caring to everyone. He definitely treated us like a family and I am deeply saddened by his passing. I wish the family all the best in the world.

Posted by Meredith Wrenn - Friend   August 23, 2020

We were out of town when we got the call about the devastating news about Bill. He was a great friend who made a lasting Impact to his adopted Charleston community. Our heartfelt condolences to Jeanne, Tommy, Billy and Stacey and his many friends and associates. Not only was a Bill a great restaurateur, but a valuable citizen and supporter of numerous nonprofits. Rest In Peace my friend.

Posted by Larry Tarleton.    August 23, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Hall's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a great man who was very generous and gracious. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his entire family when they first opened their restaurant. Julian Smith introduced me to him as we made many trips to the restaurant. I also had the good fortune to be involved with him and his family with so many events he sponsored with the bridge run and the children's hospital. He will be missed by so many people and I feel fortunate to have known him.

Posted by Charles Rice - Lexington, SC   August 23, 2020

My condolences to the entire Hall family. Marty and I met Tommy on our first visit to Hall's celebrating buying our house in Summerville. We met Bill the second time because Tommy made sure we met his dad. Everyone took such good care of us each time we visited. A very fond memory is Bill joked with me when he found out we shared the same birth date but not the same year. He never forgot, which absolutely amazed me! He called me his birthday buddy. I feel blessed to have met and interacted with this very special man. ❤

Posted by Barbara Rudolph - Summerville, SC - Acquaintance   August 23, 2020

My wife and I are deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Hall's passing. I first knew Bill Hall when I worked at then Hyatt on Hilton Head Island, SC in 1976-80. It was my first assignment out of college. At that time, Bill was the Director of Sales and I was in the Hyatt Management Trainee program. It was when I served as "manager on duty" that I got to know Mr. Hall. For some reason, he took a liking of me and coached me in the various duties of that position.

Mr. Hall left Hyatt to join Silverado Country Club in Napa, CA. Not too long after, he called me out of the blue and asked if I would like to join him at Silverado. I was of course flattered and knew he thought highly of me. I as well was always impressed by his support and interest in my management development. He made me a generous offer as Executive Housekeeper, and soon I packed my bags and drove out to California.

During my tenure at Silverado Country Club, I worked directly for Mr. Hall and got to know his wife Jeannie and at that time very young red-haired "Billy". As others have described his hospitality style and high standards of excellence, those were certainly his characteristics at Silverado. He turned that resort property around with his drive for excellence and superb Sales skills.

When I left to take another position with another company, he threw me quite the going away party (he was famous for those) and a "newlywed" celebration ( I had just married my wife Nita). It was exactly what he would do for those who worked for him and were loyal. One of his famous phrases when celebrating was "spin the wheel". Well, I'm sure he's spinning the wheel now in Heaven.

I learned much of true hospitality and what excellence meant from Mr. Hall. Despite being out of touch with him and his family over the years and miles, I will never forget what he did for me and my career.

Posted by John Durham - Napa, CA - Coworker   August 23, 2020

Bill was a great friend and mentor to so many he worked with in the hospitality industry. All is his many friends and acquaintances at Hyatt are saddened to read of his passing

Posted by Tim Lindgren - Friend   August 23, 2020

We are sending heartfelt condolences to the Hall Family. Mr. Hall's passing is a tragedy to everyone in the South Carolina community. He was such a "mensch." Mr. Hall made everyone feel so welcome at his establishments, He treated everyone as if they were old friends. His presence will be sorely missed. May all your wonderful memories bring comfort and blessings to you at this difficult time.

Posted by Jae and Arnold Zalis - Mt. Pleasant, SD   August 23, 2020

My deepest condolences to everyone in Bill Halls family. This news was so sad to hear. The vibrancy of Bill and the family and their dedication to years of hospitality and generosity are legendary. Personally, my heart goes out to Jeanne, Tommy & Billy and their sister Stacey for their loss.
I was at the Halls Chophouse in Greenville Tuesday and Wednesday nights, there for golf tourneys. so close in spirit when I heard..sending love from me & my family.Toni Knorr

Posted by Toni Knorr - Friend   August 23, 2020

The human condition is larger than the neighborhood, the region, and the country. It stretches from antiquity and will continue to the expectations of imminent time. The process of our short lifetime is to reconcile the profound meaning of humanity. It is to each of us our job to live life well.

My friend Bill Hall found the real treasures of life in the simple gestures of genuine friendship. Few pass through as he has--with purpose, kindness, and strength of character. He graced the earth but touched the sun.

May God bless his family.

Posted by Tommy McQueeney - Mount Pleasant, SC - Friend   August 23, 2020

When Mr. Hall was in the restaurant and you would stop and speak to him he was the most gracious gentleman. It seemed that he had all the time in the world for you. He will always be missed but his spirit will be at the restaurant with us. It is a pleasure and an honor to eat at Hall's Chop House because that is how we feel when we walk in the front door, the Hall family makes you feel special. It is our number one restaurant. May God strength the family as you go through this time of loss and you are in our prayers.

Posted by David & Gail Barrow - Acquaintance   August 23, 2020

I am heartsick, Tommy, Billy and Jeanne. So sudden and tragic to lose Bill when he is hitting his late in life prime. Will say a special prayer for him and all in your family. Another Legend Lost.

Posted by Michael Molony - SC - Family Friend   August 23, 2020

Since we moved to Charleston 12 years ago there haven't been many
Birthdays, anniversaries or special dinners that we didn't share at
Halls. Mr. Hall and his lovely wife always made the occasion special.
I always looked forward to their welcome at the front door and kind
Words shared at our table. Our Love and Prayers are with his family.
We have no doubt his family will continue to serve our community
And the tradition established by this special gentleman.

Posted by Curtis & Amanda Camlbell - Charleston, SC - Friend   August 22, 2020

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