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David Hale

January 23, 1939 - January 29, 2018

David Hale, age 79, of McKinney, Texas, passed away January 29, 2018.

David grew up in Guymon, Oklahoma. He excelled in athletics, participating in track, baseball and, most importantly, basketball.  He was an All-American basketball player in high school, and earned a full scholarship to Oklahoma City University. When not competing on the athletic fields, he loved restoring old cars, carpentry, and fixing things. These interests lead to his earning a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. While at OCU, he met and married the love of his life, Miss Sherry Gay Maddox, on August 15, 1958, in Sherry’s home town of Cordell, Oklahoma.

After graduating from OCU in 1960, David taught mechanical drawing and coached basketball at Star Spencer High School in Oklahoma City. After leaving Star Spencer, he found another opportunity at Lee-Way Motor Freight as head of sales. David and Sherry welcomed their first daughter, Jacquelyn Elayne, during his stint at Lee-Way. Five years later, daughter Tiffany Gay came along. David spent four more years at Lee-Way, but when his longtime friend, Don Alexander, offered him a job managing his car dealership, David and Sherry relocated the family to Cordell.

Their next big adventure came in 1981, with the opening of Hale’s Restaurant on the downtown square in Cordell. The family operated the restaurant for six years, serving their famous Sunday Special with fresh baked bread and dessert, including unmatched coconut pie.

After Hale’s closed, David went back to school and earned his Master’s degree in education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, while also working at the Washita County Assessor’s office.

When he graduated, he spent time with the Cordell school district as a principle, counselor, teacher, and Vo-tech instructor.

After they retired in 2006, David and Sherry moved to McKinney, Texas, to be close to their grandkids, Eric David and Benjamin Matthew Tinkler. David always had a warm and enthusiastic greeting for everyone who came by, and quickly became known throughout their new neighborhood. David’s family would especially like to acknowledge a few extra-special neighbors (they know who they are), who hold a very special place in their hearts.

David and Sherry’s commitment to each other truly exemplified everything the best of marriages holds. David was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather (to kids and dogs), and friend. He will be missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Hale, of McKinney, Texas, daughters Jacque Glenn and husband, Don, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Tiffany Tinkler and husband, John of McKinney along with grandchildren , Eric and Ben, as well as his brothers Aaron Hale and wife Jeanette, of Columbia, South Carolina and Bruce Hale of Hugoton, Kansas.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Bertha Hale and sister, Robbie Keenan.

A memorial service will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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My dear sweet Hale Family, I am just now learning of your loss. Words cannot express how saddened I was to hear of Mr. Hale passing. He was always so kind and caring. My family was richer for knowing him. I am sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences, Katrina (Wallace) Ward. Katrina Wallace, July 3, 2020 Hello, Sherry, I just heard that David has joined the Angels in heaven, and I know that to be true, without a doubt. David was one of , if not the kindest men that roamed the earth. What a gentle soul he was. I cannot imagine one of you without the other. I wish I were there to give you a giant hug! Please know that I am thinking of you, and that I always have the fondest memories of both you and David, I'm so glad that you're close to Tiffany and her family. Those grandchildren will be your light! All my love, Connie Alsobrook
Connie Alsobrook , February 6, 2018 I did not know David or his family but through the post of a friend and the video how could one not get to know what an awesome man with a beautiful soul he was. I could barely get through the video with my tear filled eyes. He shares my birthday of Jan.23rd and passed on my stepdaughter's birthday and born in the same decade as my dad who was born in 1930. (My dad passed in 2000) Life is so full of distant coincidences. Men born of that time period sure knew how to live, work hard and love others. How blessed you all are to have had him in your life. My heart goes out to you all and my prayers and sympathies are with you at this sorrowful time. Sheylyn Jaymes, February 4, 2018 We know David will be missed by so many. He and Sherry were such blessings to our family. Sherry and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With love and friendship. Scott and Vickie Copeland, February 4, 2018 Prayers for the Hale family. Kristin Stevenson, February 4, 2018 Mrs. Hale, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Hale. I will be praying for comfort, peace and joy durning this time. Mr. Hale was a very caring, loving and generous man. Thank you for sharing him with us in Cordell. He was a blessing in many people's lives. Jayme (Schachle) Roper, February 4, 2018 Mrs. Hale I’m so sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was such a wonderful man! You all are in our prayers. Bo & Michelle Ainsworth , February 3, 2018 I remember when I use to work for him. He was such a nice man. Robert Mazur , February 3, 2018 So sorry for your loss. He was a great man. Prayers to you Sherry and the girls. Marian & Clayton Twyman, February 3, 2018 Sherry and family ,we're so sorry to hear of David's passing. He was such a handsome man and was always happy and smiling. It was such a joy to be around him because of his infectious personality. We pray that God will give you and your family strength and peace. We love you. Tommy and Barbara Vice Sherry Hale and Family , February 3, 2018 I didn't know Mrs. Hale very well, or the daughters. But we knew David and ate at the restaurant often. By the time my granddaughter went to school in Cordell, we would see him when he drove her bus. Truly he was one of the nicest, kindest people you would ever want to meet. The world and our lives are diminished by his passing. Our deepest condolences to his family. Glenda Trammel, February 3, 2018 Words CAN NOT express how heartbroken I am to hear this. This man not only meant the world to me but to my entire family. From the restaurant to the school he was a part of our family. In school when I was at Cordell I could not have asked for a better counselor than Mr Hale. May he Rest In Peace and May God be a comforter to the family. Sandy (Lemmon) Jarvis, February 3, 2018 Sherry, Jacque & Tiffany, am so sorry to hear this, all of you are some of my fondest memories while living in Cordell. Praying for you during this difficult time. With loving thoughts, Linda Rollins Linda Rollins, February 3, 2018 We have loved the Hale family for years. Being church friends and school friends was special to the Bonham family. Our deepest sympathy and love to the family during this difficult time. Prayers, Fred and Brenda Bonham Brenda Bonham, February 3, 2018 So sorry for your loss Sherry, Tiffany, and Jackie. Frances (Doss) Huntsberger, February 3, 2018 Mrs. Hale, We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Hale. He truly made an impact on so many lives. We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Love, Matt and Amy(Brown) Schachle Matt and Amy Schachle, February 3, 2018 Sherry,Jackie,Tiff,words can not express the Sympathy we feel for you. we think of you often and always have good memories of the days at Hale's restaurant.David will be missed by so many..may he rest in God's arms.. we love you and our Prayers are with you.. John and Glenda Ellis, February 2, 2018 Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Julie and Jason Brooks and Brandon, February 1, 2018 Sherry, Jacque and Tiffany, I have so many fond memories of your dad. I can still hear his laugh. Please know that Dad, Richard and I think of all of you often. I pray that in the time to come you can each find a measure of comfort and peace. Continue to laugh and enjoy your memories! They will continue to become more precious to you as time goes by. David was one of a kind! Much love, Missy Missy Branum, January 31, 2018