Friends, family say farewell to Ch. 4 weatherman Bill Hall - WSMV Channel 4

Friends, family say farewell to Ch. 4 weatherman Bill Hall

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Friends and family gave emotional goodbyes to iconic WSMV weatherman Bill Hall Friday at his funeral Friday morning at Temple Baptist Church.

Scores of people lined up at the church for the public viewing of the beloved broadcaster .

One by one, people made their way into the church to share memories and say their good-byes to the beloved WSMV weather personality.

Among the mourners were well-known faces such as Channel 4 anchor Demetria Kalodimos.

"It's not going to be the same without Bill Hall around," she said.

But there were also people like Kevin Elliott who lives in West Nashville, and caught the bus to the church for the viewing. Elliott was the first person in line Thursday, because he says Bill was close to number one in his heart.

"Bill Hall always had that smile, always had that joyful smile. He was a joyful man," Elliott said.

For more than three decades that joy was contagious at Channel 4 and across Middle Tennessee.

At Bill's visitation, people like Jerry Swindell recalled moving to Nashville and falling in love with Bill and his natural style.

Bill often said he never met a stranger and could talk to the man on the street as well as the one in the palace, and people knew it.

"He was very humble, very sweet," Swindell said.

Just outside the church where fans were saying their farewells to Bill is a small pond. A sign nearby said "No Fishing." Fans thought it was appropriate, saying Bill, the outdoorsman, is no doubt catching big bass with the Big Man upstairs now.

Bill was dressed in camouflage and had what appeared to be a smile on his face. But his fans were saying, 'that's just Bill.'

Long-time Channel 4 weatherman Bill Hall dies

Bill died Dec. 23 at the age of 65. He joined WSM-TV on February 1, 1974, as a weather reporter, and in 1977 he moved into the chief weathercaster position.

Bill spent 31 years on the air at Channel 4, as his distinctive and calming voice filled the living rooms of his beloved viewers nightly.

He will be remembered as a trusted and reassuring presence for viewers, as well as a loyal and caring friend for his colleagues.

Bill was known for his love of nature, and his outdoors and gardening segments became popular features.

He also always found time to provide assistance to charities, churches, schools and community groups.

And generations of school children remember his friendship with the one and only Snowbird.

Interment will be at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, 2391 Nashville Highway in Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund.

Donations are accepted at:

Old Hickory Credit Union
4123 Clarksville Pike
Nashville, TN 37218

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