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Eli "Chris" Kirby Hale III

December 7, 1948October 1, 2020
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Chris Hale

Mr. Eli Kirby Hale III, “Chris”, age 71, of Villa Rica, Georgia, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020. He was born December 7, 1948 in Tampa, Florida to Mr. Eli Hale, Jr. and Mrs. Frances Hale. Chris grew up in Tampa, FL and later moved to Sandy Springs, GA. He was a graduate of Atlanta Public Schools and a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

He was an honest man and always put his family first. They were his number one priority. As a devoted father, he would always be available with a listening ear and a word of advice. Chris also enjoyed playing with grandbabies and sneaking them cookies and candy. A jokester, he loved to make people laugh. He was known to have the gift of gab and an incredible memory. He never met a stranger - always spoke with everyone. No matter where he went, he would always run into someone he knew.

Chris proudly served 25 years with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. He began his career as a jailor, before eventually being promoted to Sergeant in Patrol and later Lieutenant over Warrants. While he was strong, he chose to use his words in place of physicality. With that, he earned the nickname “The Great Negotiator” among family.

Despite being a hard worker, he also knew when to take it easy. Chris really enjoyed being able to go fishing and didn’t mind if the fish were biting or not. He and his wife loved to travel, and he was always on the lookout for a new fishing hole. He had no preference if he fished fresh or salt water, he just wanted to put his hook in the water.

He most recently served as the Historian and Lake Committee Chairman of the American Legion, Post No. 70 in Villa Rica. Throughout the years, he participated and volunteered in various other positions within the post.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, is his sister, Phyllis Murphy, brother-in-law Lester Murphy and his father-in-law, Leon Priest.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Gail Priest Hale; his children, Paul Hale of Temple, Candy (Danny) Bowen of Dallas, Windy (Larry) Gamel of Villa Rica, Heather Cantrell of Dallas, and Billy (Crissy) Camp of Villa Rica; his grandchildren, Hannah Hale, Autumn Hale, Ashley (Brandon) Morgan, Colby Bowen, Jessica (Brian) Nichols, Thomas (Ovie) Samples, Dustin Gamel, Joshua Cantrell, Courtney Gilliam, Michael (Brittany)Bowen, AJ NeSmith, and Abigail Camp; his great-grandchildren, Brixton, Adison, Brooklyn, Lanie, Dani, Lex, Jack, Ava, Mylah, Chase, and one on the way, Eli; his brother, Richard (Cynthia) Hale of Roswell; his mother in law Dorthy Priest; his sisters-in-law, Debra Meadows of Villa Rica and Robin (Sonny) Meadows of Carrollton; many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Rosehaven Chapel with Pastor Ned Fowler and Pastor Johnny Hightower officiating. Burial will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Douglasville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a Charity of your choosing.

Please take time to leave condolences with the family or share memories of Chris by visiting www.WhitleyGarner.com.

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134.

  • FAMILY

  • Eli Kirby Hale, Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Frances Hale, Mother (deceased)
  • Gail Priest Hale, Loving Wife of 37 Years
  • Paul Hale, Son
  • Candy Bowen (Danny), Daughter
  • Windy Gamel (Larry), Daughter
  • Heather Cantrell, Daughter
  • Billy Camp (Crissy), Son
  • Hannah Hale, Grandchild
  • Autumn Hale, Grandchild
  • Ashley Morgan (Brandon), Grandchild
  • Colby Bowen, Grandchild
  • Jessica Nichols (Brian), Grandchild
  • Thomas Samples (Ovie), Grandchild
  • Dustin Gamel, Grandchild
  • Joshua Cantrell, Grandchild
  • Courtney Gilliam, Grandchild
  • Michael Bowen (Brittany), Grandchild
  • AJ NeSmith, Grandchild
  • Abigail Camp, Grandchild
  • Brixton, Great Grandchild
  • Adison, Great Grandchild
  • Brooklyn, Great Grandchild
  • Lanie, Great Grandchild
  • Dani, Great Grandchild
  • Lex, Great Grandchild
  • Jack, Great Grandchild
  • Ava, Great Grandchild
  • Mylah, Great Grandchild
  • Chase, Great Grandchild
  • Eli, Great Grandchild (on the way)
  • Phyllis Murphy, Sister (deceased)
  • Lester Murphy, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Richard Hale (Cynthia), Brother
  • Dorthy Priest, Mother-in-law
  • Leon Priest, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Debra Meadows, Sister-in-law
  • Robin Meadows (Sonny), Sister-in-law
  • Chrisalso leaves behind many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, October 9, 2020

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  • Committal Service

    Friday, October 9, 2020

Memories

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Rob Richardson

October 9, 2020

I am going to miss Chris..A great friend and mentor .I could always trust Chris for the right answer. Job well done on his journey in this world! May he rest in peace!

Larry Waters

October 8, 2020

Mr. Chris Hale was a very Respectable man. May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult period. ~ The Waters Family.

Camp Crissy

October 7, 2020

Pops Chris (my father in law)was one in a million.
I loved him deeply and will miss him like crazy. He was ALWAYS there if I needed him and would come RUNNING if I called always gave me a shoulder to cry on or a swift kick in the ass if I needed it (that was often) Couldn’t ask for a better man to have raised my husband into the man he is today.THANKS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE for ALL OF US!!!

ronny shadix

October 7, 2020

worked with Chris in the 80's. He was a 'good man' !! You could definitely trust Chris to 'carry the message to Garcia' ! RIP deputy. you have earned your reward .

Windy Gamel

October 7, 2020

Dad was a great man. There was never a time that I called on him that he didn't come running to help with anything I needed. Even in his last days when he was barely able to stand, he wanted to help with hurricane relief in Lake Charles LA. He said whatever he had, we were welcome to take to help. His heart was ALWAYS for others. Dad was my hero, my earthly example of living like Christ. My heart is broken but still I rejoice because I know God welcomed him into heaven with "Well done, my good and faithful son". I love you dad, always and forever.

Mikel Callahan

October 6, 2020

I absolutely love Lt Chris Hale. What a great leader and Role Model. I’m so Honored to have worked for him. I will forever praise him for being an exceptional Boss. Funny thing, I’m 300 lbs and Lt Hale would always call me his little buddy. I miss you Boss, I can’t wait to see you again and have forever to laugh with each other.

Terry Tyson

October 6, 2020

Chris was my Friend And Best Neighbor Ever!!!! I'M GONNA MISS HIM !!!! I SEND MY LOVE TO ALL OF THE FAMILY!!!!

Aida Tullis

October 6, 2020

Chris made everybody smile and feel special. Rest In Peace and may your family find comfort in the Good Lord and the beautiful legacy you have left for them.

Leland Hester

October 5, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. One of my fondest memories with Chris was night fishing from the pier in PCB when I went down to visit!
Rest In Peace, my friend!

Arubra Gardner

October 5, 2020

I’m so sorry, I just saw where your sweet husband passed. I know the last few weeks have been overwhelming...prayers for comfort and peace... Arubra

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Biography

Mr. Eli Kirby Hale III, “Chris”, age 71, of Villa Rica, Georgia, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020. He was born December 7, 1948 in Tampa, Florida to Mr. Eli Hale, Jr. and Mrs. Frances Hale. Chris grew up in Tampa, FL and later moved to Sandy Springs, GA. He was a graduate of Atlanta Public Schools and a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

He was an honest man and always put his family first. They were his number one priority. As a devoted father, he would always be available with a listening ear and a word of advice. Chris also enjoyed playing with grandbabies and sneaking them cookies and candy. A jokester, he loved to make people laugh. He was known to have the gift of gab and an incredible memory. He never met a stranger - always spoke with everyone. No matter where he went, he would always run into someone he knew.

Chris proudly served 25 years with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. He began his career as a jailor, before eventually being promoted to Sergeant in Patrol and later Lieutenant over Warrants. While he was strong, he chose to use his words in place of physicality. With that, he earned the nickname “The Great Negotiator” among family.

Despite being a hard worker, he also knew when to take it easy. Chris really enjoyed being able to go fishing and didn’t mind if the fish were biting or not. He and his wife loved to travel, and he was always on the lookout for a new fishing hole. He had no preference if he fished fresh or salt water, he just wanted to put his hook in the water.

He most recently served as the Historian and Lake Committee Chairman of the American Legion, Post No. 70 in Villa Rica. Throughout the years, he participated and volunteered in various other positions within the post.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, is his sister, Phyllis Murphy, brother-in-law Lester Murphy and his father-in-law, Leon Priest.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Gail Priest Hale; his children, Paul Hale of Temple, Candy (Danny) Bowen of Dallas, Windy (Larry) Gamel of Villa Rica, Heather Cantrell of Dallas, and Billy (Crissy) Camp of Villa Rica; his grandchildren, Hannah Hale, Autumn Hale, Ashley (Brandon) Morgan, Colby Bowen, Jessica (Brian) Nichols, Thomas (Ovie) Samples, Dustin Gamel, Joshua Cantrell, Courtney Gilliam, Michael (Brittany)Bowen, AJ NeSmith, and Abigail Camp; his great-grandchildren, Brixton, Adison, Brooklyn, Lanie, Dani, Lex, Jack, Ava, Mylah, Chase, and one on the way, Eli; his brother, Richard (Cynthia) Hale of Roswell; his mother in law Dorthy Priest; his sisters-in-law, Debra Meadows of Villa Rica and Robin (Sonny) Meadows of Carrollton; many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Rosehaven Chapel with Pastor Ned Fowler and Pastor Johnny Hightower officiating. Burial will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Douglasville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a Charity of your choosing.

Please take time to leave condolences with the family or share memories of Chris by visiting www.WhitleyGarner.com.

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134.

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