Detective Harry Hall last of vanishing breed of HPD Class No. 1

Editor’s Note: Retired Homicide Lt. Nelson Zoch is the author of Fallen Heroes of the Bayou City, an historic account of HPD officers killed in the line of duty. Lt. Zoch stays up to date with HPD retirees and the status of the families of fallen heroes and other historic personnel and events. Herewith his latest report.

Retired HPD Homicide Detective Harry M. Hall passed away Jan. 29 at the age of 96. His wife of 71 years, Mrs. Virginia Hall, had passed away on June 23, 2020, at the age of 93.

Harry was in HPD Class No. 1 in 1948 and retired as a homicide detective on Jan. 13, 1969.  He then joined the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office as an investigator, where he continued to work for nearly 20 more years.  He was also a veteran of the United States Navy and retired from the Naval Reserve.

A joint memorial service was held at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Houston on Feb. 24. FAC member Pat Kainer presented a memorial plaque to Harry’s two surviving daughters. The HPD Honor Guard conducted the military and flag ceremonies.

Harry was the last living man standing of the storied HPD Academy Class No. 1.

Both Harry and his wife chose to be cremated.

Mrs. Sprull Passes Away

Mrs. Marcia Horn Spruill Rockne passed away on Feb. 3 at the age of 74.   She was the widow of HPD Officer Jerry Leon Spruill, who was murdered in the line of duty on Oct. 26, 1972.

Mrs. Sprull later remarried and went on to raise the couple’s two sons, Jeffery and Scott – who were both under the age of 4 at the time of the officer’s death.

Memorial services were conducted on Feb. 28 at the Porter Loring North Funeral Chapel in San Antonio. Marcia chose to be cremated and her remains will be placed with her husband at the Houston National  Cemetery.