Gene Edwin Hale

By | May 14, 2019 8:05 am

Gene Edwin Hale, 89, of Lebanon and formerly of Sparta, passed away May 11, 2019.

Born April 21, 1930, in Sparta, Mr. Hale was the only child of Thomas Fletcher Hale and Cora Lee Cunningham Hale.

Mr. Hale graduated from White County High School and earned his B.A. degree from Martin Methodist College and master’s from Middle Tennessee State University.  He served in the U.S.  Army as an MP. Mr. Hale taught English and history at White County High School and Castle Heights Military Academy where he also served as headmaster for 12 years.  After the closing of Castle Heights, he went on to teach English at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life, his wife, Elizabeth Jane Hale.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., May 17, at Sellars Funeral Home, in Lebanon. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., May 16, and 10-11 a.m., May 17, at the funeral home. A second visitation will be held at 2:30 p.m., at Hunter Funeral Home, in Sparta.

Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Sparta following visitation at Hunter Funeral Home.

Survivors include his children, David (Lanah) Hale, James Michael (Madelon) Hale, Amy Beth Hale; grandchildren, Gary (Gemma) Hale, Caleb (Lauren) Hale, Lucas (Laura) Hale, Dominic DelFratte; great-grandchildren, James Connor Hale, Braxton Hale, Cora Jean Hale; and extended family member, Judy O’Gorman.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Wilson County Public Library, Castle Heights National Alumni Association, or Senior Citizens Awareness Network (SCAN) of Wilson County in his honor.

Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Comment by James

    May 16, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Mr. Hale was the one who taught me how to write at a professional and college level. The impact he had on my life cannot be understated. If it were not for him, I don’t where I would have ended up in my academic and career endeavors. This younger generation needs more teachers like him if we are to see great communicators in the future! My deepest sympathies to his children and grandchildren. He will definitely be missed by many; including the countless students he had over the decades.


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