Millsboro man busy as a bee with community involvement


MILLSBORO — John Hall isn’t an avid golfer.

He doesn’t hunt.

He doesn’t fish.

“I don’t have time,” says the 64-year-old Sussex County native.

John Hall, left, of Millsboro Fire Company accepts the $6,500 check from Bob Bryan at the 2017 Pumpkin Run road rally.

Active in the fire service, fire police, church and community events, Mr. Hall is a lifelong resident of Millsboro.

“I’ve lived in Millsboro all of my life,” he proudly says.

He is a 1971 graduate of Sussex Central High School. That makes him a member of the second graduating class for Sussex Central, which was formed with the consolidation of Millsboro and Georgetown high schools.

“I went to Millsboro, and then I had to go to Central the last two years,” said Mr. Hall.

Among his Sussex Central highlights: the undefeated 1970 football team.

“I was on that championship team. We were 10-0,” said Mr. Hall.

After high school graduation he joined the National Guard.

“I went into the basic training for the National Guard, Army in Dagsboro. I stayed there for 20 years and four months,” he said.

Mr. Hall is currently employed with Sussex County as a utility engineer inspector. He joined Sussex County in 2006 after nearly three decades with a couple other jobs, including Suburban.

He is Millsboro Fire Company’s liaison representative at monthly Millsboro town council meetings, sharing with council statistical data on fire calls, ambulance runs and other Station 83 news and information.

In August, Mr. Hall makes his annual pilgrimage to central Pennsylvania to work as a volunteer at the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

In October, he teams with former Millsboro mayor Bob Bryan, a road rallying participant, in helping Millsboro organize and stage its annual Pumpkin Run Road Rally, which draws participants from across North America. The Northeast Rally Club-sanctioned event annually raises several thousand dollars to support the fire company and other worthy nonprofits.

John Hall of Millsboro oversees the box-building crew at Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands’ Packing Day.

More recently, Mr. Hall helped to facilitate the formation of the Sussex Central High School Alumni Association.

“One thing I do want to do is to make sure that anybody that graduated from Millsboro High School or Georgetown High School can join as a full member of the association; 1969 was the last graduating class at both schools,” said Mr. Hall.

Mr. Hall and wife Bonnie have three grown daughters. “One works here for the school district. One works as a realtor, another is in accounting up in Kennett Square, north of Philadelphia,” he said.

He is an active member of the Zoar United Methodist Church in Millsboro.  Among his roles: administration council president and a trustee.

In this week’s People to Meet spotlight: John Hall.

How did you get involved in the fire service?

“It’s going a little over 22 years. I did it after the military. My son in law kept after me. He was in it all of his life; David Pepper. He passed away 12 years ago with a brain tumor.  So, it took me about three years that I joined the fire company after I got out of the Guard.”

What offices/roles have you had?

“After a fire fighter, then it was the fire police. I was fire police captain and county and state fire police president. I have been on the board of directors ever since David died. About 12 going on 13 years I’ve been on the board of directors. I took his spot.”

Do you follow sports?

“I am a season ticket holder, University of Delaware football … and any youth sports I go to, football or baseball. I like youth sports.”

But not pro?

“I haven’t watched any professional sports in 15 years … because they are not worth the money that they get. And you can print that.”

Your involvement with Little League?

John Hall takes a break during Thanksgiving for Thousands’ Packing Day.

“I’ve been in Little League over 40 years. I started here in Millsboro. Then went to the District. I have helped with two different World Series, one down here. And I still go to Williamsport. I am 10 years an usher at Williamsport.

Your involvement with the Pumpkin Run?

“I am on the board of it. I am the go-between for them and fire company, too. They call me the ‘keeper,’ they named me the keeper about 14 years ago. I have been that way ever since. Everybody knows me as “Keeper” … they say I was a keeper so Bob (Bryan) wouldn’t get rid of me.”

“The road rally, they are a good bunch of people. Once we all get to know each other it’s like a family, that road rally club.”

 And the Ladies Auxiliary’ role in the Pumpkin Run?

“They save us a mess of money for the road rally, where they cook all of the food and don’t charge a penny.”

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