A beautiful baby girl was born July 8, 1957, to Yvonne McDonald Zellis and the late Bennie Zellis in Bellville, Austin County, Texas. They named her Brendalyn Joyce Zellis. Brendalyn, who fondly went by the name of Bren, grew up in Sealy, Texas. She attended public school in Sealy. Bren graduated from Sealy High School in 1975. She was the mascot for Sealy High School. After graduating from high school, she continued her education by attending Wharton County Junior College, Wharton, Texas. In 1977, she earned her associate’s degree in business. Bren was baptized at an early age and was a member of New Prairie View Baptist Church, San Felipe, Texas, where she served under the leadership of Pastor Charles Tompkins. Bren worked with the youth, Women of Wisdom, Usher Board and served as the choir president. She was a member of the Court of Calanthe No. 148, and served as the president of the Annual First of the year Family and Friends Get Together.
In 1978, Bren married the love of her life, Alfred Hall Sr. They were blessed with two sons, Alfred Jr. and Bradley Hall.
Bren worked for BP (British Petroleum) Oil and Gas Company for over 25 years. She was a managing supervisor for her department. She was active in the community, working with many organizations. Bren served on the Sealy Independent School District (SISD) Board of Trustees and as an Austin County ESD No. 1 board member. Bren enjoyed spending quality time with her family, playing tennis, taboo, swimming, traveling to Denver, Colo., and Las Vegas. She also enjoyed singing church songs with her mother, Yvonne Cooper, and singing with the “Voices of Praise.” Her favorite song was “A Leak In This Old Building.” She liked watching “Family Feud and Flip or Flop” and having fun with the family dog, Zydeco.
Brendalyn is preceded in death by her father, Bennie Zellis, 13 uncles, Marshall, Joseph and Melvin Zellis, Willie Green, Scott Bradshaw and Bruce Porter Sr., Marshall, Louis Sr., Willie Sr., Isaiah, Freddie and Eddie McDonald, and Leroy Harris; three aunts, Faye Zellis, Lillie Mae Harris, and Myrtle Green; brother-in-law, and Pastor O.B. Brown and sister-in-law, Barbara Hall.
She leaves to mourn her precious memories her loving husband, Alfred Hall Sr.; two sons, Alfred Hall Jr. (ShaRhonda), and Bradley Hall; mother Yvonne Zellis Cooper (Reverend Johnny); one brother, Bennie Zellis; one sister, Burnette Zellis; four brothers-in-law, Henry Jones, Johnny Hall (Etta), Lee Hall (Angelia), Levester Hall (Carolyn); two sisters-in-law, Lorena Callis (Dwight), and Martha Brown; three aunts, Mary L. Davis (James), Lizzie Porter, and Elnora Bradshaw; three uncles, Willie Ellis Zellis (Mae), Eddie McDonald (Ocie), and Johnnie Mae McDonald; two goddaughters, Turquisha Lasker, and Latiffany Jackson; and a special niece; Toni Zellis Wilson (Reverend Paul). Bren also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Funeral service conducted by Miller-Josey Mortuary. Family and friends can sign the online register book at www.millerjosey.com
We are most appreciative for your kindness. Please know that words cannot express our gratitude for the thoughtful prayers and concerns of sympathy that each of you have extended to us at this time. You have been an encouraging source of strength. We thank the community, church families, coworkers and many friends. We thank God for you and yours from the bottom of our hearts. May God’s grace forever be with you.
The Hall Family