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Melody Whitaker-Hall, age 44, transitioned peacefully from this life to eternal rest early Thursday morning April 13, 2017, at her home in Gastonia, North Carolina. Melody courageously and heroically fought a complicated battle against stage four metastatic aggressive breast cancer. 

Originally from Clinton, North Carolina she was the much-beloved daughter of the late retired educators, William H. Whitaker Sr. and Elmer Faison Whitaker. 

At an early age Melody jointed First Baptist Church in Clinton, North Carolina and later joined St. John Baptist Church after moving to Gastonia, North Carolina

Melody attended the Clinton City School System in North Carolina, along with her brother Dr. William H. Whitaker, Jr. Melody earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast News from Bennett College and the Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Counseling from North Carolina A&T State University, both located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

During her nine years as Human Resources Manager in Charlotte, N.C., for Rooms to Go, Inc., Melody met her rock, soulmate, and the love of her life, Howard Hall Jr. Howard would soon become her loving husband and never leave her side during the difficult years of health issues that hastily followed.

Melody was first diagnosed October 2006 with stage 2 breast cancer, after which she endured a radical mastectomy, then six months of chemotherapy and radiation. The radical mastectomy was performed three days before she and Howard were married on May 4, 2007. During her fight against breast cancer, countless numbers of friends, family members, sorority sisters, fellow alumni, and supporters walked, ran, and prayed in her honor, attended guest appearances, and participated in infomercials 
sharing in the critical need of educating the masses about breast cancer information, awareness, and especially the dire need to find a cure. 

Melody was honored, humbled, and so appreciative to experience the unwavering love and support from so many, including: First Baptist Church, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, sorority sisters of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, fellow Bennett Belles, alumnae of Bennett College, fellow band members of The Blue and Gold Marching Machine and fellow Bulldogs of NC A&T State University, other friends, family members, and supporters from all over the world. 

In 2008, Melody lost her mother, grandmother and mother-in-law within a six-month period. She was further devastated when her oncologist, Dr. Geoffrey Chapman at Oncology Specialists of Charlotte, informed her that her health meant she would not be able to have a child, a dream that had helped her face some of the challenges that seemed insurmountable at times. But according to God’s plan, on May 28, 2009, Melody delivered her miracle child, Lauren Gray Hall, a beautiful baby girl. Melody had a wonderful pregnancy with no complications, although she was considered high risk because of her cancer status.

Near Christmas 2011, once again Melody was faced with the fight of her life. She was diagnosed with stage four estrogen positive metastatic breast cancer on the same side as her radical mastectomy and had twenty-four lymph nodes removed. She may have asked herself, “Why me?” “What did I do wrong?” “Am I being punished?” but she realized her gift from God was her daughter Lauren, and she was determined to stay strong, encouraged and motivated to raise her daughter, just as her parents had raised her, despite many obstacles and adversities.

One of Melody’s college friends, Jen-ai Pridgen Childress, wrote the children’s book, My Beautiful Mommy about Lauren and named the central character, London Giselle Hall. Jen-ai wrote a second book, Kids Wear Pink Too, detailing the experience of a little girl whose parent is battling breast cancer and living with a parent who may be losing their battle with cancer. The books are designed to help children sort out their feelings and learn to cope with their parent’s deadly disease as it affects them.

Melody proudly wore pink because she felt the color pink was courageous and strong and would lead the way to a cure! Melody will be remembered as a nurturing mother, loving sister, devoted wife, steadfast friend, accomplished drummer and an amazing breast cancer survivor. Melody was always encouraged by and a witness that through strong faith you can deal with and conquer anything. Today, we celebrate her life and her legacy, which will live on forever.

Melody leaves to cherish precious memories her husband, Howard Hall, Jr. of the home; daughter, Lauren Gray Hall of Gastonia, N.C.; stepdaughter, Alexis N. Hall of Gastonia, N.C.; brother, William H. Whitaker, Jr. of Columbia, S.C.; two-aunts, Mattie G. Moseley of Jacksonville, N.C. and Mable C. Faison, Clinton, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Pamela Mason and Teresa Hall both of Gastonia, N.C.; one brother-in-law, Monty Hall of Lincolnton, N.C.; two-aunts, Mattie G. Moseley of Jacksonville, N.C. and Mable C. Faison, Clinton, N.C.; two cousins and their children, Monty M. Faison (Leslye), Montoria C. Faison and Lexton A. Faison of Raleigh, N.C. and Equong Jones (James), Alisha Lewis and Karl Lewis of Philadelphia, PA, and many other close relatives and special friends; four other special people in Melody’s life were Mrs. Brenda Brown (who Melody considered as a second Mama), Mama Daisy, Aunt Ellen and Aunt Mae.

“Remaining balanced in the face of adversity 
was its own reward, its own opportunity. 
This is a lesson that has truly freed me. 
My entire journey and experience with 
cancer transformed my vision of the world 
and my place in it. I realized I am not alone — 
I am truly loved.” 


Melody Whitaker-Hall

Finally, we would like to give special recognition to Melody’s caregiver, Mrs. Mattie G. Moseley (Aunt Mattie). We thank you for giving Melody special attention to all her needs and caring for her as if she were your own daughter. In addition, we offer thanks to the hospice team that provided untiring guidance, care, and comfort. Especially, we honor and thank Melody’s earthly Angels, the many individuals that transported her back and forth to chemotherapy every day, ensured she made her medical appointments, and provided countless other gestures of love and kindness. To all the individuals who gave their time, services and resources, we sincerely thank you. Because so many individuals sacrificed and shared unselfishly, we cannot possibly name you individually. However, please know that your many kindnesses and personal gifts of love will forever be treasured. We thank and love you all! May God continue to bless and keep you. 


Funeral Arrangement

PLACE OF SERVICE
St. John Baptist Church (Outreach Center)
1232 Bradford Heights Road
Gastonia, North Carolina

DATE & TIME:
Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 1:00 P.M.

VISITATION
The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, April 20, 2017 at St. John Baptist Church from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

BURIAL
Armstrong Cemetery
Gastonia, North Carolina

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  • Friday, April 14, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Friday, April 14, 2017
    Our deepest sympathy to Howard and family in the loss of a beautiful angel who inspired all of us. May God be with you.
    ~ Lenzie Grice   Clinton, NC
  • Friday, April 14, 2017
    Our deepest sympathy to Howard and family in the loss of a beautiful angel who inspired all of us. May God be with you.
    ~ Lenzie Grice   Clinton, NC
  • Friday, April 14, 2017
    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Death is so hard to deal with. In Psalm 34:18, it says that Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted, also Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from eyes and death and pain will be no more. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    ~ Lisa L
  • Monday, April 17, 2017
    The Spearman Family Expresses Our Deepest Condolences and Sympathies In The Loss Of Your Loved One (1). If You Should Need Anything At All Please Do Not Hesitate To Call or Write. Love, Ms. Gretha, Livie, Elica and Kaila
    ~ Ms. Gretha, Livie, Elicia and Kaila Spearman   Cheshire, NC
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    To the Family. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Mel is FIGHTER. She a great battle here on earth, now she will always be a Warrior for you. PEACE BE with you. Love Dwight
    ~ Dwight Davis   Baltimore, MD
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    To the Family. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Mel is FIGHTER. She a great battle here on earth, now she will always be a Warrior for you. PEACE BE with you. Love Dwight
    ~ Dwight Davis   Baltimore, MD
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    To the Family. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Mel is FIGHTER. She a great battle here on earth, now she will always be a Warrior for you. PEACE BE with you. Love Dwight
    ~ Dwight Davis   Baltimore, MD
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    To the Family. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Mel is FIGHTER. She a great battle here on earth, now she will always be a Warrior for you. PEACE BE with you. Love Dwight
    ~ Dwight Davis   Baltimore, MD
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    To the Family. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Mel is FIGHTER. She a great battle here on earth, now she will always be a Warrior for you. PEACE BE with you. Love Dwight
    ~ Dwight Davis   Baltimore, MD
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    May the Comfort of the Lord keep you and your family during the loss of your loved me. Although she has departed this life, she lives on in our minds with fond memories of her.
    ~ Angela Aycock Owens   Clinton, NC
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    My deepest sympathy goes to the family. Melody was truly an angel here on earth. I will miss her laugh and her encouraging words!! #Bellesinthefightforlife #BennettSisters #SURVIVOR
    ~ Lisa Keith   McLeansville, NC
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    To the Whitaker and Hall family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your love one. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time.
    ~ Julia King Faison   Turkey, NC
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    To Billy, Howard & Lauren: Our prayers are with you as you continue without Melody. Sending hugs!
    ~ Larry & Denise Scronce   Clinton, NC
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Praying for the family's strength during this time of loss.
    ~ Kim Lamonte Carr   Atlanta, GA
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Dear Whitaker and Hall family members: I am so very sorry for your loss. I can not recall feeling so inspired and so encouraged by one of my students' parents as I have been by Melody. Please be assured that I will do my best to help you all watch over Lauren here on Earth while her sweet mother watches over her from Heaven. My prayers and my love will be with you all always!
    ~ Renea Walker   Cherryville, NC
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Bill, You and your family have a deepest and heartfelt condolences. You're all in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. God bless you. Love, Jana
    ~ Jana Lang and Family   Bulington, NJ
  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    To our family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult time. We know that Melody will only be Just Away loving upon us. Rest in Peace Your cousins Charles and Donna
    ~ Chaarles and Donna Murphy   Lanham, MD
  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Melody had a beautiful soul.She will be missed. I am praying for you.
    ~ Linda Ashley Williams   Clinton, NC
  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    Sending my deepest condolences to the family. Melanie lived down the street from me in Clinton. I will continue to keep the Hall & Whitaker families in my prayers.
    ~ Joyce P Stevens Bond   Clayton, NC
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    My deepest condolences to Junior and all those that knew and loved Melody. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
    ~ Allen Goode   Charlotte, NC
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017
    Mel, You will truly be missed! I'm Thankful that you are no longer in pain & I know I will see you on the other side! With Love
    ~ Sandra Raynor Haley   Four Oaks, NC
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    We’re sorry to hear of your loss. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, we’re praying that faith will uphold you, and loving memories will help you smile again.
    ~ Sherry and Darek McCullers   Concord, NC
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    This was a wonderful woman from a wonderful family. She really fought the good fight,now it is truly time for her to receive the crown of righteousness. Praying for you all.
    ~ Leon Moses   Greensboro, NC
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Our deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to Billy and the entire Whitaker/Hall family. May the precious memories always linger in your hearts and minds. Be Encouraged!
    ~ Reginald Martin Faison & Family   Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    Please accept our sincere condolences. She left a great example of how to fight.
    ~ Carl & Shirley Short   Rocky Mount, NC
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Mel you will never know how much you have inspired me. The love you showed me from the first time we met will never be forgotten, neither will the sweet tea with orange juice you always made me when I got there. I will miss you tremendously. Rest in Heaven Sweet Angel, You deserve those wings.
    ~ Beth Jackson   Hogansville, GA
  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    Praying for comfort through God's blessing be upon the family and friends.
    ~ Albert S Butler Jr   East Orange, NJ
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Free from all pain and suffering. I will remember the good times we had at Ranlo Avenue.. Your Neighbor, Isabell, Joya, Kyela.F30FW
    ~ Isabell Morton   GASTONIA, NC
  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    Billy , Howard and Lauren, Our thoughts and prayers are with YOU. Psalm 121.
    ~ Frankie and Nettie W. Pernell   Clinton, NC
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Heartfelt sympathy is sent to the Hall and Whitaker familys'. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy is going to come in the morning. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, Grace and Peace be unto you, from God our father, the Lord Jesus Christ. With Love, The Family of the Late Mr. & Mrs. David Parker- Roseboro