Thomas Earl Hale

Published 4:20 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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WATERPROOF — Thomas Earl Hale was born on April 12, 1933, and passed away Monday, May 4, 2020 at the age of 87. He was a native of Waterproof, Louisiana, and a resident of West Monroe, Louisiana. Thomas was a graduate of Waterproof High School. He served for two years as Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was employed by Goldman Equipment Company in Waterproof for 18 years. Thereafter, he farmed for many years at Holly Ridge until his retirement.

In his younger years, Thomas enjoyed flying airplanes and pitching for a local baseball league. He traveled the country as a seasoned bowler, winning many semi-pro tournaments and bowling regularly with a league in Natchez. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and loved LSU football. One of his greatest joys was serving as a guide to his many deer hunting friends and relatives.

Thomas took pride in being an active member of his community and being a friend to all. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Waterproof. He served many years on the Tensas Parish Police Jury, and retired as President.

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Thomas lived a very full and wonderful life. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Peggy Jean Hayes Hale; two daughters, Vicky Valle (Michael) and Dianne Acree (Wayne); daughter-in-law, Tracy Hale; grandchildren, Rachel Vogt, Leslie Valle, Melissa Valle, Shane Acree, Eric Acree (Sherry), and Monica Lackhouse (Dustin); and 8 great-grandchildren. He leaves behind siblings, Lester Hale (Darlene), Billy Hale (Brenda), and Earlene Austin. He was predeceased by two sons, Tommy Hale, Jr. and Bob Hale; his parents, Earl Thomas and Opal Trevillion Hale; siblings, Margie Harrell and Albert Hale; and grandson, Matt Whitehead.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday, Louisiana. Bro. Larry Walters will conduct Graveside services at Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton, Louisiana, on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. In accordance with corona virus guidelines, attendance is limited.