Obituary for Sylvester Lee "Vest~Johnny Cochran~Victor Newman~West~Vessy" Hall Sr.
Sylvester Lee Hall, Sr., was born on March 1, 1937 to the late William E. Hall, Sr. and Annie Sarah Baines of Exmore, Virginia. He departed this life on February 4, 2018 at his residence in New Church, Virginia.
Sylvester received his education in the public schools of Accomack County. He was employed at P & L, Buddy Boys, Campbell Soup, Hudson Foods, UMES, and Walmart. On March 2, 1957, Sylvester was united in holy matrimony to Shirley Mae Evans and their union of forty-seven years was blessed with six children.
Sylvester was affectionately known by many names, including “Vest,” “West,” “Johnny Cochran,” “Victor Newman,” “The Singing Man,” and “Vessy.” He had a love for God and music, which inspired his ministry through song. He began singing at an early age under the leadership of Mrs. Virginia Douglas at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Withams, Virginia. He traveled the Shore from bridge to bridge singing the songs of Christ.
Sylvester was a member of the Messongo Male Chorus and Withams Choirs, this led to him becoming a devoted soloist for Christ.
Later in life he joined St. John Baptist Church in Onancock, Virginia under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Michael L. Robinson. He sang on the choir and was bestowed on December 10, 2017 with a license in Gospel Ministry from the pastor. His illness did not stop him from ministering, he sang for his nurses when he was hospitalized and his home health providers. His presence will be greatly missed, especially by his riding partners, Samuel Fletcher and Lawrence Corbin and faithful musician for twenty-six years, Richard “June Bugg” Robbins.
Sylvester was preceded in death by his wife; twelve siblings; and two grandchildren, Lakein Hall and Stanley Hall, Jr.
His memory will be remembered by: his daughter, Gale Hall of Pocomoke, MD; five sons, Sylvester (Maria) Hall, Jr. of Snow Hill, MD, Kenneth (Wanda) Hall of Pocomoke, MD, Frederick Hall of Salisbury, MD, Michael (Betty) Hall of New Church, VA, and Stanley (Lisa) Hall of Princess Anne, MD; eight grandchildren, Omar (Bethany) Smith, DeShawn (Dasameka) Hall, Alissa (Alex) White, Kendrick Hall, Derrick Hall, Tiffany Hall, Fitima Hall, and Iesha Hall; thirteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frederick Hall of Salisbury, MD and Donald (Maria) Hall of WA; one sister, Christine (Al) Smith of NY; two brothers-in-law, Freddie (Janice) Sutton of Makemie Park, VA and Samuel Fletcher of New Church, VA; good buddy, Lawrence Corbin; special neighbor, Tina Dorn; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many good friends.