Esquire William Wayne Hale passes, after lingering illness. Had notable career as Justice of Peace of 30 years service.


Esquire William Wayne Hale, one of Dade county’s most prominent citizens, who had served his district as Justice of Peace for 30 years, died at his home in Rising Fawn, Monday night, December 16, 1946, after a lingering illness, at the age of 81.


Esquire Hale is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sally Dawkins Hale, a son, Dr. W. W. Hale, of Soddy, Tenn.; six daughters, Misses Sara and Frances Hale and Mrs. Ola Moss of Rising Fawn; Mrs. K. C. McClure and Mrs. Morgan McNair of Chattanooga; Mrs. Robert L. Rutherford, Savannah, Ga.; a sister, Mrs. W. A. Barton, Rising Fawn, and five grandchildren.


A native son of Dade county, Esq. Hale was a member of one of our most prominent pioneer families. Esq. Hale’s parents immigrated to this county in the early part of the 19th century from North Carolina, when the county was populated with Cherokee Indians, and have been among those who have helped the county from the forests to its present progressive state of civilization.


Esq. Hale’s service has been one of the most notable of any Peace Officer in his generation, in his district, and he has gained nation-wide recognition during his career as Justice of Peace.


Funeral rites for Esq. Hale were held at the Rising Fawn M. E. Church, Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. T. N. Orr officiating. Interment was in Hannah cemetery. Active pallbearers were Burton Kennemer, Richard P. Fricks, James McMahan, George Castleberry, Conrad Payne and L. M. Allison. Honorary pallbearers were Judge J. M. C. Townsend, Ordinary J. M. C. Townsend, Ordinary J. M. Carroll, Tax Commissioner W. F. Morrison, Sheriff G. C. Tatum, County Treasurer John Murphy, Raymond S. Townsend, Elbert Forester, A. W. Peck, Dr. D. S. Middleton, Dr. J. L. Gardner, A. J. Brown, Tom Blake, Campbell Thomas, and Asa Reeves.


Citizens of Dade County sympathize with the surviving family in their bereavement. (THE DADE COUNTY TIMES, Trenton, Georgia, Thursday, December 19, 1946, p 1 c 6)

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