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Thomas Wayne Hale

Thomas Wayne Hale
Thomas Wayne Hale

Thomas Wayne Hale
May 11, 1945 – February 16, 2024

Thomas “Wayne” Hale, a beloved father, revered veteran, and entrepreneur, passed away on February 16, 2024, at the age of 78. Born on May 11, 1945, in Leaksville, North Carolina, Wayne was the second youngest of 15 siblings, born to the late Claude and Lottie Hale.

To his family and friends, particularly in his younger years, he was known as “Crow,” a nickname bestowed upon him due to his jet-black hair. Wayne completed his education at Stoneville High School in 1965. Driven by a commitment to his country and a deep sense of patriotism, Wayne dedicated 30 years to a notable career in the US Navy. His service, marked by distinction and honor, concluded with his retirement as a Master Chief (MMCM) in 1995. Wayne’s naval journey took him from Florida to Japan, the Philippines, and eventually to the serene landscapes of Hawaii.

After his military service, Wayne embraced an entrepreneurial spirit in Oregon, where he operated a recycling center and a trucking company. In his later years, he settled in Florida, continuing to make a lasting impact on those around him.

Wayne is survived by his children: Tammy H. Chandler (Lee) and Tracy Hale, from his marriage to Theresa Cheryl Poe; and Wayne L. Hale and Abigail Hale, from his marriage to Rosalyn Tallow. He also leaves behind cherished grandchildren: Michaela Chandler, Kirsten Willoughby, and William Willoughby. His spirit and the memories shared with family and friends will be cherished and remembered by all who knew him.

A remembrance service for Thomas Wayne Hale will be held on February 16, 2025, marking the one-year anniversary of his passing. His ashes will be scattered at sea off the shores of Florida, fulfilling his wish and honoring his life of service in the US Navy.

In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to www.GainesvilleFisherHouse.org or to VFW Post 2206 in Lake City, Florida, where he was an active member until his passing.