William W. "Bud" Hale – April 16, 2011

William W. “Bud” Hale, age 85, of Amarillo, formerly of Dumas, died April 16, 2011, at Craig Methodist Retirement Center in Amarillo.
Memorial Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. in Amarillo with Pastors Bob Crass and John Wagoner officiating.  Private burial will be at Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta.
Mr. Hale was born May 1, 1925, in Hitchland, Tex., the 8th of 12 children of William Benton Hale and Ethyl Viola French Hale.  He lived with his family on several farms in Vernon Community, Okla. near Hitchland, Tex.; Sherman County Ranch near Stratford, Tex.; Texhoma, Okla.; and Hitchland, Tex. during the Great Depression and “Dust Bowl Days.”  In 1939 the family bought and moved to a farm west of Goodwell, Okla., which was the “Hale Farm” until 1962 when his father died.  He attended school in Goodwell through 9th grade playing basketball and then moved to Springfield, Colo. to live with his older brother Aaron, the Springfield High School coach, to play football and basketball graduating from Springfield High School in 1925.  Being a part of the Hale family, a great family of harmony, unconditional love, and pioneering spirit shaped his values of loving and sharing one’s talents in the world.
He attended Panhandle A&M College where he met and married Rosa Lee Logsdon in 1944.  They lived in Colorado; Hitchland, Tex.; Hansford Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Station; and then Dumas for 51 years.  They moved to the Craig Methodist Retirement Center in Amarillo in July, 2006, where they lived in a cottage for two years before moving to the Craig Windflower Nursing facility at the end of 2009.
Mr. Hale worked as an engineer for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company for 38 years retiring at age 55.  After retirement he devoted his time to service in the Dumas community in the Lions Club, Methodist Men’s Club¸ Child Welfare Board of Moore County¸ Meals on Wheels, United First Methodist Church and Hunt Memorial Methodist Church Choirs, and Hunt Memorial Methodist Church Board of Directors as Chairman.  His hobbies included playing golf, traveling on several tours in Europe, gardening, outdoor sports, and learning about investing in an investment club.  He will be remembered for his devotion to family, church, and service in the community.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, his parents, his brothers Aaron Hale and wife Zelma, Ernest Hale and wife Beatrice, Ralph Hale and wife Emma, and his sisters Pat Dixon and husband Donald, Thelma Garrett and husband Bill, Viola Abbott and husband John, Wilma Jo Byerly and husband Ike, and his brother-in-law Jack Webster.
Survivors include his daughter Sandra Hale of Atlanta; son Ted Hale and wife Shery of Poquoson, Va.; grandchildren Walter Dawson and wife Shizuka of Tokyo; Colby Hale and wife Brittany of Orlando; Heath Hale and wife Kristen of Kailua, Hawaii; Elizabeth Pritchard of Atlanta; great-grandchildren Dean and Sophie Dawson of Tokyo; Owen and Elizabeth Hale of Kailua, Hawaii;  Callen Hale of Orlando; his brothers Mose Hale and wife Ina, Ted Hale and wife Mary, and his sisters Fern Webster; and Mary Phelps and husband Jack.
The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
They suggest memorials be made to Craig Methodist Retirement Center Foundation, 5500 W.9th, Amarillo, TX 79106 or First United Methodist Church, 401 Brinkley, Dumas, TX 79029

0 Replies to “William W. "Bud" Hale – April 16, 2011”

  1. Dad called to tell me about your Dads passing, we had not heard that your mom had also went to be with the Lord. We would like to keep in touch. It was such a blessing to us when we were able to see both your Mom and Dad a couple of years ago in Amarillo. Uncle Bud and Aunt Rosalie were always a pleasure to visit, just didn’t do it enough in there later years.

  2. Ted Hale’s Co-Workers at Air Combat Command would like to express our sympathy and support to the friends and family of William Hale.
    We did not know him personally, but through his son we know he was a great man and loving father.
    We will be honored to contribute to his memorial at Craig Methodist Retirement Center Foundation.
    God Bless You all!

  3. Dear Sandra, Ted, and families:
    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, especially so soon after the loss of your beloved mother. Bud was certainly representative of a special generation: a life molded by character, hard work, resilience and immeasurable love for his family.
    As a model of a worthy life, he surely reflected an example of honor to all who had the privilege of knowing him. What a legacy he and Rosa Lee have left for all the lives they touched! I pray that your wonderful memories will help ease your loss. God Bless all of you.
    Kenda Coffee, San Antonio

  4. I have such good memories of all the Fidelis class members with our parents (Jack and Ima Jean Green). There have been so many of them leaving for Heaven in the past, I know Rosa Lee is probably leading a group up there and also know they were all waiting with open hands to help Bud meet with them. May God bless you as only He can do at a time of loss of that last parent and feeling as orphans. Hang tightly to those memories and travel safely.

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