Chaplain (Col.) Wallace M.


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Chaplain (Col.) Wallace M. Hale

Aug 07 1914 - Feb 18 2007

Wallace Hale concluded his earthly adventure on February 18, 2007. He moved to McKinney, 11 years ago, married Abbie Lou Meaders, and enjoyed his home and work. He wrote and published several books but considered "Battle Rattle," his stories of his combat days, as the one he liked best. His stories came directly from his life experiences serving as a Chaplain during World War II. Rev. Hale was born in Kemp, Texas on August 7, 1914, and went through public school with Abbie Lou. He became a southern Baptist-pastor at the age of 16 and was commissioned as Chaplain in the US Army on December 4, 1939. He served with troops and in administrative capacities in many places of responsibility with the same drive he had developed on the Texas ranch where he grew up. Rev. Hale, on active duty, pioneered the Army's Development of Religious Audio-Visuals, sharpened and prepared better means-of teaching Character Guidance, and used every effort to develop the Religious Education Program of the US Army. He served many years on the Audio- Visual Committee and the Curriculum Development Committee of the Department of Education of the National Council of Churches. He was Chairman of the Chaplain Board and had served in a liaison capacity with the World Council of Churches in Geneva and the Vatican in Rome. He had also worked closely with the General Commission of the Chaplains and Armed Forces Personnel. Many of his articles on professional areas of the Chaplain's work have been published in various religious magazines and quarterlies. He wrote his dissertation at the War College on "The Collection and Evaluation of Religious Information." For his PhD he wrote his dissertation on "This Nation under God-Or under Emergent Moralities." Wallace retired after serving as a Chaplain for over 37 years. He served as Pastor of the following churches in Northern Virginia: Fairfax Circle Baptist Church, Ox Hill Baptist Church, Waterford Baptist Church, Middleburg Baptist Church and North Fork Baptist Church. He also served as Pastor of Melissa Christian Church where he retired at age 90. Wallace claimed he was never bored with life but he especially enjoyed these past years with Abbie Lou and his host of friends. He looked forward with anticipation to the next adventure. He is survived by his wife Abbie Lou Meaders Hale; sons Thomas J. Hale and his wife Judy of Ashburn, VA and John C. Hale and his wife Wendy of Middleburg, VA; grandchildren Judson, Alex and Kathleen Hale; sister Mary Katherine Clark of Texas City, TX; daughters by marriage Judy Lyda and her husband Hap and their children Marc, Jay and Lance Lyda, Jolly Tucker and her husband Doyle and their children Peter Hargrave, Julie Johnston and Kerri Hernandez. ~ ~ Wallace was preceded in death by his first wife of 54 years, Eugenia Callahan Hale, the mother of his sons. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 24, 2007 at First Christian Church of Melissa, Texas. Dr. Mike McConachie and Dr. Hap Lyda officiating. Interment will follow at Fitzhugh Cemetery at Forest Grove. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, prior to the service. A memorial service will be held in Northern Virginia at a later date.
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