Remembering Jerry G. Hall

RememberingJerryOur friend and colleague, Jerry Hall, Senior Vice President of Cenikor, passed away on May 30, 2017.

Jerry was well-loved and respected for his commitment to helping people achieve sobriety, and has impacted thousands of people over the years. We are all united in our grief and our memories of his incredible spirit. We want to celebrate Jerry’s life and honor his steadfast devotion to serving others.

Jerry Hall, LCSW-S, LCDC began his career with Cenikor on March 18, 1996 as a Resident-In-Training working in prevention and operations and later worked as a LCDC-I counselor at the Fort Worth long-term facility. Jerry earned his LCDC license in 2004, obtained his master degree in social work in 2006 and LMSW in 2007.

Jerry’s commitment to service led to his promotion to Regional Vice President of Cenikor’s Deer Park Facility in 2004 until 2008, Vice President of Program and Clinical Services from 2008 until 2010, and in 2011 Jerry was promoted to Senior Vice President with oversight of the long-term programs. As Cenikor expanded, Jerry’s leadership contributed to the successful development of Cenikor’s short-stay/detox and outpatient programs, and in 2013 he transferred to Waco to oversee these new programs. In addition, Jerry was instrumental in Cenikor’s achievement of CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation. In 2016, Jerry was promoted to Clinical Executive to oversee all of Cenikor’s clinical services and quality of programming for our clients in addition to his duties as Senior Vice President.

Over the past 21 years, Jerry has mentored and impacted all of Cenikor’s leadership team, hundreds of individual team members and thousands of clients. His legacy will continue through the lives of those individuals and leaders he has affected with his genuine care, concern and commitment of service. Jerry will not be forgotten.

We want to celebrate Jerry’s life and to do that, we need to hear from you, those individuals Jerry influenced throughout the years. Please click the link below to share stories, notes, photos and memories to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Jerry G. Hall.

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Services to honor and celebrate the life of Jerry Hall were held in his hometown of Henderson, Texas, and at Cenikor’s Deer Park and Fort Worth facilities.
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The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Cenikor Foundation, 11111 Katy Freeway, Suite 500, Houston. TX 77079.

Comments
  1. Amy Hansen LPC, LCDC

    June 13, 2017 - 9:49 am

    When I transferred my licenses from Kansas to Texas, it was a nightmare to say the least. Jerry got my resume, and called me the same day. I walked into the interview and he asked “Can I get you anything? Coffee? Tea? Peach Smoothie?”. That made me giggle and I have felt a close relationship from that day forward. I feel Jerry gave me a chance when hiring me as clinical manager, and then gave me another chance when he hired me as a director. Giving chances for opportunities to grow and reach higher was the essence of his value system. The souls that will one day greet him and say “thank you” will be abundant.

    Through the years, I used to send emails to Jerry thanking him for what he has taught me. About a month before his passing, I sent him an email thanking him for teaching me integrity. The memory of him standing by the front door, just waiting for me to get there, while tapping his watch with his index finger and saying “Hansen”. Or, in the core room eating lunch, “did you pay for that”? Those statements used to make me giggle as well, but they still run through my head when I arrive a little late for work or go through the line while remembering if I’ve paid. He was a man of integrity and a good work ethic. It is as a clinician, I owe the most appreciation. I will be forever indebted to his influence in training me to the addictions treatment field. God definitely had a hand in leading me to him. Raising up workers is the legacy he has passed on. When you raise one person up, they in turn give to others, and those others give to more others. The impact one person can have on society when they stop to train up the next generation of workers is immeasurable.

    Thank you Jerry Hall for supporting, training and encouraging to where I am today. I will miss you tremendously and hope that when I get there, I hope to see you tapping your watch and saying “Hansen, it’s about time you showed up”. And I will giggle and give you a big hug. Love you my friend.

  2. Jana Magee

    June 8, 2017 - 6:40 pm

    I haven’t even begun to accept that my friend is gone. When I first went to work for Jerry I was a little afraid of him, certainly wouldn’t swear in front of him, kind of thought he was a bit of a puritan. Then we went out on an outreach call together and before we got out of the parking lot I began to get to know the real Jerry and we were instant friends. We stayed close from the time I left Cenikor until he passed away. We talked on the phone pretty much weekly and he constantly texted me with political jabs. Jerry never knew, never realized how incredible he really was. He died never believing that he had such a huge and powerful impact on so many people. I’m devastated and my deep condolences go out to the family of this amazing man. I loved Jerry, I will always love Jerry and I am sad every time I think about picking up the phone and calling him and realize I can’t talk to him.

    Godspeed Jerry. You made me want to be a better me. I will miss you more than you could ever know.

  3. Deasha Monroe

    June 8, 2017 - 4:56 pm

    Jerry,

    I’ll never forget the time where I was looking all over the facility for my heater and soon as I walked into the office you said, “oh you looking for your heater? I have it” We both were dying laughing hahaha. I’ll never forget that memory of you.

    Rest in peace.

  4. Sheryl Canida

    June 5, 2017 - 1:11 pm

    I was not close to Jerry until recently. We just basically said the casual ‘how are you’ in passing until one day after I finished a group with orientation and learned that Jerry was looking for me. When I found out, he had already left for the day. I was nervous, thinking what in the world would he want to see me about, the VP. I even asked both Don, Facility Director, and Melissa, Clinical Manager, what it was about. So, the next morning, I tried to see him first thing, but he was on a conference call. I went back to my office and sent an email to him saying just let me know when he was available. Almost immediately, I received a response that he just wanted me to decorate his office. We both laughed about me being nervous and began a friendship. Jerry became someone whom I felt comfortable with, going to for advice, and just to chat. I grew to see the amazing man of God he was, how strong a faith he had, and the integrity he had. I also saw his genuine care for the residents, the people we serve. I will miss him and treasure every piece of advice he ever gave me. Until we meet again.

  5. Brad Giezentanner

    June 5, 2017 - 8:02 am

    The confidence in your walk, the sincerity in your speech , and the seriousness you portrayed to us that were under your leadership at Cenikor are just a few of the things that inspired me to take getting my life back on track serious. All of those traits were motivating, but if it wasn’t for the sincere love you had for each person God put under you they wouldn’t mean much. You truly loved your job and the people God put in your life. RIP friend. Thank you

  6. Donald Goad

    June 4, 2017 - 6:41 pm

    Jerry was a leader and a mentor for many of us. The number of people influenced and saved by his work is staggering. He simply made the world a better place. That’s a legacy that anyone could be proud of.

  7. Vicky Davis

    June 4, 2017 - 5:51 pm

    So much to say… can’t find the words…so very sad to hear the news. Rest In Peace my friend

  8. Pam Karnes

    June 4, 2017 - 12:55 am

    Jerry was, and always will be a leader to look up to as well as to emulate. He ribbed me enough about not having healthy snacks that I went and got a special jug of trail mix just for him. I am sure I will always think of him when I nibble on it. <y brother likes to tell me, "That Jerry Hall was sure a good client." I liked teasing him that my brother had a man crush on him, and like so many other have said… He would just say, "Stoppit!" I will miss his dry sense of humor and his endless care and concern for our clients.

  9. Timothy Hall

    June 3, 2017 - 7:38 pm

    Jerry was my uncle that I didn’t see often enough. We talked a few times a year around the holidays. As I sit here wiping away the tears, I remember the hard times in his life. I was a little kid when my dad and grandmother were dealing with his addiction. I remember visiting him at Cenikor and when he completed his stay there. It was a year or two after that I remembering him saying that needed still needed Cenikor. I think Cenikor needed him More than he needed it. He will always be an inspiration to me that nothing is too hard to overcome, especially with Good at your side. I only wish that I had more time to know him as wellas so many other people. I really appreciate the comments and stories his friends have left. I will see him one day. I love you Uncle Jerry. You will be greatly missed and mourned. You have left such an impact on this world. Till meet again.

  10. Ashley Smith

    June 3, 2017 - 7:02 pm

    Uncle Jerry. That’s what we always called you growing up…… until I felt like I was an adult and could drop the “uncle.” We didn’t see you a whole lot, so it was always a treat whenever we did. I remember stealing sips out of your Starbucks Grande drip whenever possible. It probably annoyed you, but I could always count on you to keep the mood light! This past Black Friday you said you were going to go out for a drive. I asked if I could join you. I wanted to drive your Pilot (and also sneak in some quality time), and we cruised around Longview for at least 2 hours just talking! I later told my husband that was the longest conversation I’ve ever had with my uncle Jerry. It was great! I’m thankful I was able to have that time with you. But this is not goodbye! Like Dad said, see ya later.

  11. John Shelton

    June 3, 2017 - 1:44 pm

    I will miss this guy —–As the Navajos say –he is now in the wind

  12. Dwayne Parr

    June 2, 2017 - 9:50 pm

    JGH,

    11/14/2006 – The day we met & the day that my life changed forever! I can’t begin to put into words what you mean to me. You have taught me so much about life & the things I have learned from you I pass on to others. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t ask myself, “how would Jerry handle this?” I will miss your Saturday morning 5:30am texts”you up?”, you telling me to get off the phone when you called me, ribbing me no matter what music I listened to, I’m just going to miss you my friend. I am glad that we got to spend last week together. As the fog lifts & the realization sets in that I will not see you anymore on this earth, my heart is comfortade that we will be together again in heaven one day.

    Love you,

    Dwayne Parr

  13. Nicole Huff

    June 2, 2017 - 7:54 pm

    It is hard to express what I am thinking because I don’t know that I even know. Jerry impacted my life in a lot of ways, even when we did not agree. I learned so much from him and benefited so much from his guidance. But the things that keep coming to mind are his smile and his seriously dry sense of humor. Countless lives, and the world itself, were better for his presence and will feel his loss. And I also imagine him looking at all of this and saying..”Stoppit!” Rest in Peace, Jerry.

  14. Zoe Breedlove

    June 2, 2017 - 11:21 am

    I met Jerry one day at the office. He couldn’t get in at the front office, so he knocked at the side door and I let him in through Access. We spoke and he said I talked to you this week. I was unaware that I had spoken to him, so I said really and he answered yes. He said you ask a lot of questions, and that was good. I had screened him as a potential client and I didn’t know it. But it made me feel good and glad I did it right. He smiled and went on down the hall to his office. The few times I have seen and spoken to him he was always kind .

  15. Brandi Dunning

    June 2, 2017 - 10:53 am

    I am incapable of putting letters of the alphabet together in a way that could describe the impact your life had on me. So, I’ll allow other’s words to describe what I am incapable of saying.

    “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone”- John Steinbeck

    “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us”- Helen Keller

    “What cannot be said, will be wept”- Sappho

    “A luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has passed”

    So go rest high on your mountain, Jerry, your work on earth is done.

  16. Beverly L

    June 2, 2017 - 9:41 am

    I know you are annoyed by us making a big deal about you, but when you touch so many lives, you have to tolerate us “Snowflakes” going on and on about how great you are! You probably think all these comments are exaggerations but they are not. No one is flattering you. You were really that great! You are probably looking down on us (figuratively and literally), saying “Staaaaoop it!”
    So sip your Starbucks, lean back in your chair, take a vape, and get ready to roll your eyes……because here goes.
    Jerry, you are a steadfast leader. You lead with your staunch commitment to excellence. The norm was not good enough for you, because it really wasn’t good enough for you! You expected every T crossed and i dotted because that is how you did it. Perfectly. Ok OK not “perfect” but come on, let me think that’s how you did it. I truly admire how you knew when to encourage others and when to set the bar higher for them. I could not have asked for a better supervisor, educator, and mentor. I miss your guiding presence and I am a better person for having worked with you. Alright enough of this “Marshmallow non-sense! …I get off here” – Bev

  17. Eugene Hall

    June 2, 2017 - 9:36 am

    Jerry Hall, ” My Brother from another Mother ” as we referred to our relationship ! This has been a tremendous loss to everyone who knew Jerry Hall and had the opportunity to be blessed under his leadership. When I entered treatment at Cenikor in 2006 for my final attempt to resurrect my life from my addiction, I was a lost soul heading nowhere very fast. Then, I was enlighten by the Cenikor Graduate Staff who were leaders of this foundation. Jerry Hall was high on that list and I set my goals according to the path he had forge ahead, many years prior. I wanted to follow in his footsteps and I wanted to become everything he had displayed as a strong leader and mentor for all the people under his leadership. He was a solid rock of inspiration for me, which started my journey of wanting to be a success story and part of the Cenikor leadership. Jerry just did not give you what you wanted, he made you work for what you asked for. Jerry not only mentored but he invested his time and knowledge to anyone who was serious about changing their life. I am part of his legacy , I am part of his teaching, I learned my craft following his path and I envied the professional demeanor he possessed, every time he gave instruction. Jerry Hall humor was different and specialized to that specific person. He tailored and crafted his genius to ensure there was a balance of fun, humility , support and professionalism at all times when he interacted with others. I am a better person and man today because God made the decision to place Jerry Hall in my sight as a beam of hope and inspiration. I am his legacy and he will always be, ” My Brother from another Mother ”

    Jerry Hall served his country and then his people!

    In Respect and Honor

  18. James N Hall

    June 2, 2017 - 8:38 am

    Dear Jerry,

    We grew up together. We were a team. I know as your big brother I pestered you to no end, but that is what big brothers do. But we did love each other. As the years passed, times got hard as we had to rescue you from jails, bars, apartments, and underpasses. The last time, in August 1993, Mother and I came to your apartment and ( I hate to admit it but we had to employ some sleight of hand techniques), corralled you up, and escorted you to the Pavilion in Amarillo, Tx. We told the check- in nurse “Take him. We don’t know what else we can do for him”. Little did we know that moment was the end of one life, and the beginning of another. It was a God ordained moment. The miracle is that you somehow managed to muster up enough determination within yourself to seek out help. That is when The Cenikor Foundation reached out their hand, and you took it. The rest is history. Your legacy is stated in the comments above. You are truly a testament to what an addict can overcome if they are willing to pay the awesome price. Just remember, an awesome price brings awesome results.

    I love you man. I’ll see you later.

    Your brother,
    James Hall
    Fort Worth, TX

  19. Kayla Shugart

    June 2, 2017 - 8:36 am

    I’ve been searching for words that are good enough to describe the magnitude of your intelligence, wit, compassion, and leadership. And most importantly, what you meant to us as a friend. In my own strength, I fall short. What I can say is that Jerry was a good man, in every possible way. I am a better person having known him. I will always be impacted by the support and leadership example he gave me and my peers. For those still needing encouragement; I read that grief is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, in the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go. We all loved Jerry.

  20. Deborah Davis

    June 1, 2017 - 11:26 pm

    My condolences to all his family, friends, and colleagues. Jerry Hall was a great boss and I was honored to work with him. Jerry taught me a lot and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. He would stop me in the halls and ask what was wrong when I was frowning, then tell me to put a smile on my face so I didn’t affect our clients. Jerry had a great sense of humor and this made it easy for me to talk with him, when I need to get things off my chest. He was always professional and did all that he could to help others.

    My favorite memory of him is when he had me drive to the managers conference and he picked on me there and back about my driving. I kept asking him if he wanted to take over, but he didn’t he just enjoyed picking on me. It made the ride pleasant. I will dearly miss him. He will never be forgotten.

  21. Lee Hutcheson

    June 1, 2017 - 9:36 pm

    Jerry was always encouraging and a great mentor. I will miss his dry wit and sense of humor. May God comfort his family and loved ones. Cenikor will miss him.

  22. David Sandefur

    June 1, 2017 - 9:07 pm

    Jerry was in my peer group and friend forever. We always threw barbs at one another and usually nobody knew we were actually pulling each other up. He was a great man and the last of the old school. Jerry, you NEED to go to heaven. Much love and respect.

  23. Griff Godwin

    June 1, 2017 - 8:53 pm

    I knew Jerry as a colleague and also as a good friend. I had the good fortune to work closely with him at Cenikor for a number of years. I had the opportunity to witness firsthand how he could have a positive effect on residents on their road to recovery – over the years he was able to impact, directly or indirectly, the lives of literally thousands of individuals. One thing about Jerry that first comes to mind was his knack for interacting successfully with people from all walks of life. He could be dealing with a resident who just entered the program, and then a few minutes later greet a mayor or other public official, without missing a beat.

    My deepest condolences to Jerry’s family and all of Cenikor during this time of great loss.

  24. Jacyl Calico

    June 1, 2017 - 7:59 pm

    Jerry Hall was my direct report at one time. We did not always get along; however anytime there was a disagreement between us I ended up learning a valuable lesson. Jerry motivated me and pushed me to achieve to be better than I was the day before. Sometimes (a lot of the times) he believed in my abilities when I did not. I have always thought that he was brilliant and I aspired to follow his lead. I thank him each and every time I find myself imitating him. Thank you so much Jerry Hall for being in my life. So rest now, your work here is done.

  25. Kenyatta'

    June 1, 2017 - 5:43 pm

    May he Rest In Peace! Prayers go out to all friends, family and associates who grieve his passing.

  26. Laura hawkins

    June 1, 2017 - 5:13 pm

    A true icon of integrity,honesty and personal best.

  27. Laura hawkins

    June 1, 2017 - 5:10 pm

    Jerry Hall and I went on an outreach trip about 2 weeks ago and along the way we had many different conversations. Most of which he encouraged me to be the best I could be at any task at hand, but most of all to be genuine in spirit. The advice he gave me was priceless. I will miss his dry wit and hearing him say, “stoppit” when I say something he thinks is funny.
    Rest in peace jerry hall.

  28. Chris K.

    June 1, 2017 - 4:30 pm

    I worked closely with Jerry as Admissions/Outreach coordinator for a few years. We argued many times, but it was a waste of energy on my part because he was usually right. Jerry was professional, worked very hard, never complained and I just plain liked him. At that time, I knew two things for sure about Jerry: He loved Taco Cabana, And he LOVED helping clients. I first-hand witnessed going the extra mile for clients many times with sincere patience, care, and supreme ethical responsibility. Jerry was an example of a human being to be looked up to by myself and others because he set THE example of the qualities I mentioned.

  29. Stacie Woodall

    June 1, 2017 - 3:51 pm

    There are so many things I want say about Jerry but I find it difficult to put into words how much he impacted my life and the lives around him. He was truly a mentor and more importantly became a friend. He never hesitated to give you the truth which meant a great deal; especially during this day and time. Jerry encouraged me by his actions and his wisdom to accomplish many goals I had put off out of fear, I will always be grateful and will remember him always. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. May God Bless and Keep You.

  30. Joshua Johnston

    June 1, 2017 - 2:58 pm

    Jerry,

    You motivated me, and helped me understand the importance of working with and for others. You were so dedicated to helping the clients and ensuring that Cenikor was the best program it could be. Your determination and hard work are so admirable. You will be missed terribly by all.

    Thank you so much for your support and guidance throughout my journey with Cenikor.

    Your friend,
    Joshua

  31. jball

    June 1, 2017 - 2:58 pm

    I have so many memories with Jerry it overwhelms me to know he is with the creator and looking over us all as he always did in life . I know he will be preparing a special palace for us when it’s our time to go to heaven. His example of how to conduct ourselves as humans will live on through all the lives he touched. I will miss you Jerry!
    Jeffrey Ball

  32. Olivian Collins

    June 1, 2017 - 2:49 pm

    I am truly grateful to have met Jerry and to have experienced his genuineness and passion for the people he served; both client and professional. It leaves a space in my heart knowing that I will not have an opportunity to see him on this earth again. However, eternal life awaits.
    Blessings of peace to his family.

  33. Linette O'Brien

    June 1, 2017 - 2:42 pm

    This man is so caring, I remember the talk we had, I express to him how I felt about working for Cenikor and he stated that we need more like you Linette. Just do the best you can for that day, and finish where you left off for tomorrow. Mr Jerry Hall also stated that if you are a graduate of the program then you know the challenges that the clients have just do your best to reach them and most of all encourage to complete the program. Mr Jerry Hall was a genius. RIP

  34. Adam Berthelot

    June 1, 2017 - 2:41 pm

    Jerry was an amazing leader and mentor for everyone he managed. I had many conversations with him that I will never forget. He was a huge proponent of servant leadership and he demonstrated it perfectly. He will be missed.

  35. Bennetta Knox

    June 1, 2017 - 2:40 pm

    This was a person that was always the same. The way he presented himself was what you got. I will miss the way he would walk through the facility and say “Is anybody working?” or “How’s my favorite counselor”. Don’t ya’ll get jealous. He had a sense of humor that was only recognizable if you knew him. He will truly be missed but never forgotten.

  36. Sara Buckler

    June 1, 2017 - 6:44 pm

    Jerry,

    I will miss you and your sense of humor. Your passion and your heart to help others with their families has stretched so far and wide. What a blessing to have worked with you. I know you are in heaven Jerry! God Bless!

    Your friend

    Sara Buckler

  37. Perla Moreno

    June 1, 2017 - 6:35 pm

    Even though I didn’t work with him directly or saw him frequently, I always sensed a true goodness in Jerry. The few times we worked together he was incredibly genuine and encouraging. He radiated his heartfelt care for people & rarely had to use words to show it. He was truly a gem in this organization. I am so very sorry for this loss, it really is a great one for everyone who knew Jerry and for Cenikor as a whole. My deepest condolences to his family.

  38. Michael Hathcoat

    June 1, 2017 - 6:31 pm

    I was fortunate to call Jerry my colleague and more importantly my friend for the past nine years. He was smart, funny, caring and deeply devoted to his family and profession. I will miss him forever.

  39. Grace Davis

    June 1, 2017 - 5:37 pm

    Jerry was a great friend and colleague. When we began our journey to merging with Cenikor he was a source of support and inspiration. He was always willing to answer my questions, hear me vent and support outpatient and prevention programming 100%. He was lovingly tagged as “Grumpy Gus” because he was that “OLD” sole in the field. His commitment to recovery success in everyone he worked with was tapered with his understanding of the difficulty it brought each day for those struggling with their personal demons. I will forever be changed for knowing him. I will miss most the chance to joke with him and hear his laugh. God speed my friend.

  40. Ayden Liles

    June 1, 2017 - 5:23 pm

    Jerry Hall was the leader that recruited me into Cenikor. He was the first Cenikorian that I met and was my direct supervisor for the first several months I was with the Foundation. What was instantly apparent to me about Jerry was his devotion to the mission and the importance that he placed on servant leadership. Jerry had a way of breaking down my rough spots and simultaneously lifting me up. When he corrected me the conversation usually ended with me thanking him for the correction. To me his charisma, wit, and consistency made him truly remarkable and a role model to aspire to. Before the end of the first year with Cenikor my comment in regards to Jerry was “I love me some Jerry Hall”. I believe anyone who knew him can understand why he was easy to love and admire. I will miss Jerry truly.

  41. Nikita Hall

    June 1, 2017 - 5:16 pm

    I so loved this man,he was an awesome boss and he also made me feel like a valued employee when I worked under him he was such a gentle giant. Our conversations were deep and he showed me nothing but love. My condolences go out to his family. We have truly lost a dear friend.

  42. Kathie d

    June 1, 2017 - 4:11 pm

    I will miss his true honesty. He is the reason, I am who I am today.

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