John Joseph Hale of Virginia Beach, passed into God’s presence on October 13, 2015. Born on October 15, 1948, in Portsmouth Virginia, he was the son of the late Herbert Clifton Hale, Sr. and Francis Zirkle. He was a 1968 graduate of Cradock High School.
John was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Hale Humphries Hughes; brother, Herbert Clifton Hale, II ; and brother-in-law Abner Williams.
Left to cherish John’s memory are his beloved wife of 33 years, Emily Hudgins Hale, beloved “little buddy”, his 16 year-old cat , “Tuf”; sister Charlene Hale Williams; nephews, Cliff Queen and Billy Humphries; nieces, Margie Humphries Stevenson and Barbara Humphries Morris. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Sandra Hudgins Davis and Lawrence Davis, their son and grandchildren , Chris Davis, Steven and Stephanie Davis, and several great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
John was a member of First Baptist Church of Norfolk, the Winning Walk Bible Study Class, and the Young at Heart Senior Ministries group.
John last worked as a civil draftsman for the City of Norfolk, until 1998 when he suffered a severe brain hemorrhage which rendered him unable to continue to work. During these last 17 years, he continued with many medical struggles as a result of the brain hemorrhage and two years ago started having heart problems. In September, he was diagnosed with Ureteral cancer, and had surgery on October 5th. Even though John was not as active as in the past, he enjoyed being with friends and family, and always loved to reminisce of his childhood days and any trips and special times he had recently experienced.
Visitation for John will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at Altmeyer Funeral Home-Southside Chapel (5792 Greenwich, Virginia Beach, VA) from 6:30 to 9:00 PM . Funeral service for John will be held on Saturday, October 17 at the funeral home at 2:30. Procession to Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, to follow the funeral.
Memorial gifts in John’s name may be made to the local chapters of The American Cancer Society (4416 Expressway Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23452) or The American Heart Association (2263 Wolf St, Virginia Beach, VA 23454).
Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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