Dale Hale, a well-known Pine Bluff businessman, went to be in the presence of the Lord on August 3, 2019.
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Born June 16, 1938 at Mena, AR, his parents were the late Jessie Mason Hale and Troy Easley Hale. Most of his early life was spent in Sheridan, Arkansas and was a graduate of Sheridan High School. His first job was shining shoes at a barber shop at ten years old. Later, he sacked sawdust for five cents per bag at La Pierre-Sawyer Handle Company where his father was superintendant. He later loaded and hauled pulpwood billets and drove a school bus with bad brakes and a gearshift was held up by a forked stick.
He gave his life to the Lord at an early age at Royal Ambassadors Camp and became at member of Lost Creek Baptist Church. For many years, he was a faithful member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
He developed a love for football at a young age and was a quarterback for the Sheridan Yellowjackets. He enjoyed hunting, golf, fishing, skeet shooting, and the great outdoors. He loved car racing and was the past-president of the Asphalt Angels, a racing club.
Dale served in the Arkansas National Guard and was activated by Governor Orval Faubus during the Little Rock Central High School Crisis. He joined the United States Army and trained at Fort Polk, LA. He served as a rifle squad leader, gunner, and sharp shooter.
He had a long and successful career as an insurance agent. His career began with Life of Georgia Insurance Company and quickly became a manager. Dale was then hired in 1967 by Ryland Robinson to be a State Farm Insurance agent. He felt it was his honor to serve his clients with excellence for fifty-two years until his retirement on July 31, 2019.
In 1992, he qualified for the State Farm President’s Club, the highest honor for top-producing agents in the United States. He was awarded his President’s ring in Vienna, Austria. Dale was one of the top five producing agents in the United States and Canada. At his retirement, he had served the grandchildren of clients who had been with him for decades. He qualified for multiple travels around the world. On one of his qualifications, he and his wife Bivian traveled to three continents in three weeks- North America, Europe, and Africa. The trips included eight countries in Europe, Hawaii, Bermuda, several trips to the East and West Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Canada. The special trips were enjoyed the most when their children and grandchildren were with them.
Dale’s other accomplishments were auto and fire merit agent, the Century Club, Convention Qualifier, and Legion of Honor.
Dale was involved in many civic activities in Pine Bluff, including serving as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and was co-chairman of the first Sportsarama at Hestand Stadium, and as a member of the Civitan Club where he was instrumental in the development of the Regional Park.
Dale was involved in the Southeast Arkansas District Fair and Rodeo Parades and helped decorate the floats that his daughters enjoyed for cheerleading, the Girls and Boys Clubs, and the Girl Scouts. He and his wife were den parents for nine years, where his specialty was crafts. He was a member of the Special Olympics of America, and the Pine Bluff Saddle Club, where his daughters participated in barrel pickup.
His surviving loved ones include his wife, Bivian Ford Hale, whom he married on December 16, 1961; his daughters, Tauna Hale Chavis (Bruce), Fonda Hale Stone (Alan), and Amy Hale Sparks (Scott); two sisters, Bonnie Gates and Ann Carter; his grandchildren Hunter Chavis (Lindsay), Jordan Sparks (Anna), Haley Anna Stone, Holden Chavis, Macy Crosson (Tyler), Tristan Sparks, Houston Chavis, and Braden Sparks; and the joys of his life, three great-grandchildren, Lanie, Kinsley, and Brooklyn.
A celebration of Dale’s life will be held on Thursday, August 8, 6:00 p.m. at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. Roger Stewart officiating. Visitation will immediately follow. There will be no burial. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 2200 Space Park Drive, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77058 or at WoundedWarriorProject.org
The family wishes to thank Jefferson Regional Medical Center along with Diana Millenbaugh and Hospice Angels for their excellent and loving care of Dale during his illness.
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