Special Photo: Riverdale City Councilman Wayne Franklin Hall, 62, was found dead in his home, Sunday, according to city officials.
Riverdale City Councilman Wayne Franklin Hall, 62, was found dead in his home, Sunday, according to city officials.
“We are just distraught,” said Miena Hall, his 24-year-old daughter, who added that she got the news that her father had died, on Monday. The news, she said, left her and her family in shock. “[The family] they’re just trying to hold up.”
Riverdale officials said the cause of the councilman’s death had not been released, and they had no further details about it. Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon said news of Hall’s “untimely death” left her and his fellow councilmembers “shocked.”
She said she had found it odd that he had missed Monday night’s council meeting, because she had never known him to miss a meeting. “For four years, he has sat adjacent to me, and made every meeting,” Wynn-Dixon said. “He will be greatly missed.”
Hall had served on the Riverdale City Council since 2007, and was facing opposition in his re-election bid for the Ward 2 seat. His name and that of his opponent, An’Cel Davis, are on the ballot.
Hall was the only Riverdale city official facing opposition in the upcoming election. Even so, his daughter, Miena, said her father had been confident he would win re-election. “He really loved his city and wanted the best for his city,” she said.
In light of Hall’s death, with the elections being so close, Riverdale City Clerk Stephanie Thomas said officials have not yet determined what it might mean for the election, or how Hall’s seat will be filled for the remainder of his current term. “We’re looking into that right now,” said Thomas, who declined to elaborate.
Hall was a native of Atlanta, and graduated from Charles L. Harper High School. According to his biography on the Riverdale web site, he earned a Bachelors in Sociology from Albany State University, and retired from the Atlanta Fire Department after serving for 30 years.
In 2010, he received his Masters in Public Administration from Troy University, in Atlanta. During his tenure on the Riverdale City Council,
according to the web site, he co-sponsored legislation providing for an “Early Warning Alert System,” which would help protect residents in the event of a tornado, hurricane, or other emergency. He also prided himself on being a community supporter and mentor for several youth programs, and worked to coordinate back-to-school, school-supply drives for students.
Hall also served as the transportation representative for the Clayton County Municipal Association, the web site said, and worked with the Clayton County Legislative Delegation to try to restore public transportation to Riverdale and the county.
He is quoted on the web site as saying: “My life is dedicated to the service of others. For whom much is given, much is required. Therefore, with this belief I am guided, by and for, representative government of the people, for the people and by the people.”
Hall is survived by his ex-wife, Betty Hall, and his four daughters, Kai Hall, Shavaun Jones, Miena Hall, and Ruthe Hall; his brother, Larry Hall, and twin sister, Mary Hall-Willis, and two grandchildren.
“He was very humorous,” said Mayor Wynn-Dixon. “And he loved his children, and talked about them quite often.”
Miena Hall said Alfonso Dawson Mortuary, in Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements, but an employee with the funeral home said arrangements have not been finalized.