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William Ames "Bill"  Hall

William Ames "Bill" Hall
  • November 2, 1946 - August 18, 2020
  • Folly Beach, South Carolina

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“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...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Denis W. Keyes - Friend

“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...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Roger Naumann - Glendale, AZ

“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...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Kevin Drum - Pinehurst, NC

“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...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Alex and Zoe Sander - Friend

“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...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Ronda Hammang - Friend

“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...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Corky Ullom - Friend

“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...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Matt Goudy - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“Bill Hall Guest Book ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Maynard Barker - Friend

“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...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Tom Callahan - Friend

“Shanel and I send our deepest condolensces to the Hall family, (immediate and extended). Mr Hall was always gracious, quick with an anecdote and...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Dave Pierce - Charleston, SC

“My condolences to the family and friends of Bill Hall a true gentleman. ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Ted McKevlin - Friend

“My condolences to the entire Hall family. You have made birthdays and anniversaries so special to our family. Charleston has been truly blessed. ...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Rhonda Antonetti - Friend

“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...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Phil Keb - Friend

“Jeanne, Billy, Stacey and TommyPlease accept my condolences over your loss. What a wonderful life Bill enjoyed, the highlight being the love of all...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Maribeth McElveen - Chicago, IL

“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...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Meredith Wrenn - Friend

“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...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Larry Tarleton.

“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. ...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Charles Rice - Lexington, SC

“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...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara Rudolph - Summerville, SC

“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...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: John Durham - Napa, CA - Coworker

“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...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Tim Lindgren - Friend

“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...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Jae and Arnold Zalis - SD

“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...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Toni Knorr - Friend

“The human condition is larger than the neighborhood, the region, and the country. It stretches from antiquity and will continue to the expectations...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Tommy McQueeney - Mount Pleasant, SC

“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...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: David & Gail Barrow

“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...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Michael Molony - SC

50th Anniversary at Halls “Since we moved to Charleston 12 years ago there haven't been manyBirthdays, anniversaries or special dinners that we didn't share atHalls. Mr. Hall...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Curtis & Amanda Camlbell - SC


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.