TAMPA, Fla. — Funeral services will be held Sunday for Pastor Patricia Hall, a longtime advocate for Tampa's homeless community.

  • Hall, 76, passed away from health complications
  • Hall was the pastor of Praise Cathedral on Florida Avenue
  • Visitation scheduled for Sunday, January 19, at 9:45 a.m.
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"She'd give the shirt off her back if she had to," said friend Doryce Gaskins. 

Friends said Hall dedicated her life to helping others with the ministry.

For years, she was the pastor of Praise Cathedral on Florida Avenue and could be seen regularly on the public access channel. When the church had to be demolished because of safety concerns, friends said Hall kept serving others, even those in jail.

"At the end of the day, after a month or something, she was visiting 20 inmates a day," Gaskins said. 

Hall also provided clothing and food to those who needed it. The Good Samaritan Inn was just one place where she visited regularly.

"She's been such a tremendously giving person for the community," said Good Samaritan Inn owner John Watson. "She has dedicated her life to distributing food to the poor and helping anybody with any problem ministering. She's just a wonderful person."

Hall died of health complications. She was 76 years old.

She leaves behind two sons.

Visitation will be held Sunday January 19 at 9:45 a.m.

The funeral service will held at 10:45 a.m. at the Swilley Funeral Home. The burial will follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.