Lawrence Hall and his children

From top left to bottom right, Terrance Hall, Lawrence Hall, Brennon Hall and Ebony Hall.

A Yoakum man died Monday at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin three days after being attacked by bees.

Lawrence Hall, 59, was mowing the lawn Friday afternoon near several abandoned houses on Herder Road when he was attacked.

DeWitt County Sheriff Carl Bowen said first responders were also stung at the scene.

The incident is the second known fatal bee attack in the Crossroads in a little more than two weeks. Mario Salinas Sr., 59, died after being attacked by bees while mowing the lawn in front of his home near Inez on Father’s Day.

Bowen said Hall was lying in the grass and was not responsive when first responders arrived. He said he later heard reports that Hall had been stung at least 40 times.

Hall was first transported to Yoakum Community Hospital and later to St. David’s Medical Center, where he died.

After responding to the scene, Mark Herchek, fire chief at the Yoakum Fire Department, said he sent responders in bee suits to try to locate a hive. After searching for about an hour, they didn’t find anything.

“It was like (the bees) disappeared,” Herchek said.

Hall worked at Double J Saddlery, a leather goods company, in Yoakum and was also a substitute pastor at Beth Elder Baptist Church. He had four children and had recently married, said his mother, Effie Hall.

She said she received a message about her son’s death at 1:45 p.m. Monday. Hall said her son, who was born and raised in Yoakum, was a quiet, good-hearted and spiritual person.

“He used to put Bible quotes on Facebook,” Hall said. “It was so uplifting to read his quotes about the Bible every morning.”


This story was updated to correct the name of Effie Hall.

Morgan O'Hanlon is the business reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at (361) 580-6328, mohanlon@vicad.com or @mcohanlon.

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Brian Vandale

RIP Mr. Hall, prayers to the family.

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