Gary Lee Hale, 55, died Monday, February 18, 2008 in Abilene. His funeral service with Pat Andrews officiating will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 21st at the Northwest Church of Christ, 1141 N. Willis with burial following in the Goree Cemetery in Goree. Viewing and visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South.
Gary was born in Haskell on September 23, 1952 the son of Robert Neil Hale and Carolyn Wallace Hale. He grew up in Abilene and married Marsha Carol Watson in Goree on May 13, 1969. He enjoyed selling cars and going to auctions and was self employed in the car business most of his life, winning the salesman of the year award in the 70s. Gary was a talented musician. He sang, played the guitar, cut several records and had many fond memories of playing at the Stephenville Opry and participating in numerous Country Music Showdowns. He enjoyed fishing, camping and boating.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Marsha Hale of Abilene; three daughters, Marcie Tomlinson and husband Jody of Abilene, Donna Gaynor of Abilene, Leslie Fisher and husband Harry of Pampa; his mother and step-father, Carolyn and Lloyd Reeves of Hawley; his brother, Ronnie Hale of Hawley; grandchildren, Robert Jeremy Oaks, Whitney Harward, Sherry Elizabeth, Paige, and Tanner Gaynor, Ashton and Paisley Fisher, Trinity Fisher, and Ryan and Jaden Tomlinson; and close friend of the family, Jack McCaffrey of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
His father and a daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth Hale preceded him in death.
Gary loved his friends and family and spent his life helping and caring about others. He will be missed.
Pallbearers for the service will be Barry Byrd, Stan Rodriguez, Darrell Breland, Cody Morrow, Steve Coates and Kurt Johnson; honorary pallbearers are, Vince Coates, J.D. Stoddard and Herb Pittman.
Marsha, so sorry to hear about Gary. I remember as Becky did the day yall got married. I send my sympathy to you and your family.
Jan RobertsAtlanta, GA
Our sympathy and prayers are with you.
Jimmie Linda Routon Doris Chamberlain
Jimmie Linda Routon Doris ChamberlainWichita Falls, TX
Marsha and family,
I am very sorry to hear about Gary. I remember when the two of you got married. I have thought about the two of you often through the years. Sorry we lost touch. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love, Becky Hawkins Trimuar
Becky Hawkins TrimuarRoyse City, TX
Marsha, You have always been very, very special to me.
Ill be thinking about you during these difficult times.
Virginia McIntireAnson, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
Frankie and Larry BeauchampLawn, TX
Sorry to hear about Gary I have thought about you and Gary and kids a lot of times but didnt know exatly where yall were at .I think we all lose touch . Again sorry about Gary. May God be with your family . JimmyCarlene Harlan
JimmyCarlene HarlanGoree, TX
I am so sorry to hear of Garys death. You have been together for a long time I know you have lots of great memories. You will be in my thoughts prayers.
Cindy Hunt McWhorter
Cindy Hunt McWhorterSeymour, TX
Marsha and family:
Donnie and I are truly sorry to hear about Gary. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you at a very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Donnie and Candy Estes
Candy EstesGoree, TX
I have thought about you often. My prayers are with you during this time. Love you.
Peggy Struck Johnson, TX
We are so sorry to hear about Garys passing. I will pray for you and your family.
Vickie BarkerSeymour, TX
Love to all of you Im so sorry and Ill keep you and the family in my prayers. Love, Glenda Decker Straw
Glenda Decker StrawSeymour, TX