Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

J.P. Hall Jr., Clay County Businessman and Philanthropist, Dies at 70

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

J.P. Hall Jr., Clay County Businessman and Philanthropist, Dies at 70

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********** CORRECTION July 18, 2000

Jim Horne is a state senator from Orange Park. Because of a reporter's error, his title was incorrect in a story on Page A-1 yesterday.

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J.P. Hall Jr., whose influence in Clay County permeated political life and whose interests included a dedication to charitable work, died Saturday of cancer. He was 70.

A native of Green Cove Springs whose father was sheriff of the county for 36 years, Mr. Hall was foremost a man with deep community ties and had an interest in helping others, friends and observers said. But he also had influence in political circles both locally and statewide.

"J.P. Hall was so well respected, if J.P. would support you, you were OK . . . and the rest of the community could support you, too," said state Rep. Jim Horne, R-Orange Park. "We used to always say, if you are going to come to Clay County [to run in a statewide race] you need to see J.P."

Mr. Hall, whose father lost both parents at a very young age and had only a third-grade education, was particularly sensitive to those whose lives had been touched by poverty and tough times.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the John P. Hall Sr. Children's Charities, an organization Mr. Hall started and named for his father. The organization annually holds a Christmas toy giveaway and also is in the fourth year of providing scholarships, said Virginia Steinmetz, Mr. Hall's daughter.

"He's been involved in most of the charitable organizations in this county," said Steinmetz, who is Children's Charities president.

Steinmetz said she believed her father was always guided by a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility that passed down from his parents.

In addition to the charity, Mr. Hall was involved with the Quigley House for abused women and had strong ties to the law enforcement community. …

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