Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Barney Hall Obituary

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Barney Hall Obituary

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Barney Hall went home to be with the Lord on January 26, 2016. The longtime anchor for the Motor Racing Network was born in Elkin, NC, June 24, 1932, and made the Elkin area his lifelong home. Following his graduation from Elkin High School in 1951, he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country four years during the Korean Conflict, a portion of that time aboard the U.S.S. Essex. After the war he returned to Elkin to work at Chatham Mfg.

Barney was an avid gardener and an exceptional pilot, maintaining a private pilot's license for many years. He also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors fishing and playing golf. His love of the game led him to design, build and operate a Par 3 Golf Course. A natural craftsman, Barney loved salvaging materials from old buildings to use for other projects. He used salvaged wood and other materials to prove his skill as a remarkable builder, designing and constructing his own three-story home without the help of blueprints, or building plans. Through most of his life, he maintained his fitness by working out on a trampoline. In his early years he served as a trampoline instructor at the YWCA in Elkin.

Barney launched his radio career in his hometown of Elkin and worked as a disc jockey at WIFM radio for 13 years. While there, he entered the world of NASCAR stock car racing when he received promotional tickets and started attending and covering races. He began his 54-year racing career, attending his first Daytona 500 in 1960 and missing only four broadcasts of the Great American Race in its 57-year history. In 1961 he became the first track announcer at Bristol Motor Speedway and long considered that his "home track." He joined the Motor Racing Network at its inception in 1970 as a turn announcer and became the anchor of the network in 1979 where he became known as "The Voice of NASCAR." The network honored Barney with an appreciation award for "45 Years of Great Racing Coverage" at MRN's annual kickoff meeting in January.

With his calm voice and folksy delivery, Barney was beloved by millions of race fans worldwide. He served as MRN's lead anchor through July, 2014 when he worked his final, live broadcast in July, 2014 covering the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. …

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