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James "Jim" Edmond Hale

Leader-News of Greenville, Kentucky

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LAKELAND, FLA. - James "Jim" Edmond Hale, 88, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 at his home.

Born in Greenville March 7, 1921, he was the youngest son of the late S.E. Hale and Mamie Hale. He attended the University of Kentucky until volunteering to serve his country in the Army during World War II and was a lifetime member of VFW Post 5478 in Greenville. In the early 1950's, he and his wife, Mozelle, owned and operated a popular gathering spot in downtown Greenville, "Hale's Corner". He was a skilled heavy equipment operator and was employed in the coal mining industry in Muhlenberg County for more than 35 years. He was an active member of the Greenville Methodist Church from childhood until his retirement to Florida. After moving to Florida, he transferred his church membership to the First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, Fla. and continued to volunteer there. He loved life, family and the town of his birth and will be remembered as a loyal friend by many. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hollis B. Hale; two sisters, Thelma Hale Hendricks and Reid Hale Summers; and his loving wife of 52 years, Mozelle S. Hale.

Survivors include a son, James E. Jr. (Theresa) of Lakeland, Fla.; two daughters, Ann (Keith) Hilliard of Lakeland, Fla. and Susan (Bob) Spires of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Jack Hilliard, Doug (Lois) Hale, Jami (Frank) Hilliard Sharik, Sam E. (Kira) Hale, Rozlyn (Dave) Hale Murphy, Robert Spires and James Spires; seven great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held in Florida and Kentucky. A family internment was held Nov. 21 at Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville.

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Original Publication Date: November 24, 2009

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