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Friends, neighbors remember life of pedestrian killed in Hazard

A walk to the grocery store that was a nightly routine turned deadly for one man Friday night in Perry County.

Now his friends and neighbors are cherishing their memories of him.

Pictures and memories of Thomas Wesley Hall, 57, are all that remain for those close to him after Hall was struck and killed while crossing a busy section of Highway 15 north in Hazard.

"He was a fine person," said David Coots, who has lived next to Hall at the Daniel Boone Motor Inn for the last two years. "He went to work everyday at East Kentucky Carpet. He was a fine fellow as far as I know. Didn't know anything bad about him."

Hall was a native of Missouri, but friends said he started developing an affection for southeastern Kentucky when he moved to the area eight years ago.

"He was quiet. He would joke," said neighbor Donna Callahan. "He was a good guy. Had a good attitude. Everybody liked him."

Hall lived about a quarter-mile away from the grocery store he was trying to get to.

"I was sitting outside talking and heard a smack like somebody hitting a telephone pole or something," Coots said. "And come to find out, it was Tom."

The driver and two passengers in the truck that hit Hall were not injured.

"When I went to the hospital I thought I was going to find him alive," said Loretta Sizemore, who identified herself as Hall's best friend. "And it broke my heart.....but I knew he was gone."

"I wanted to tell him goodbye. I didn't get to do that."

Sizemore said Hall will be remembered for his abilities to fix anything and install carpet better than anyone else.

She said Hall was also a voracious reader of the Bible and will be missed by his two children and two grandchildren.


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