1930 - 2016

W.D. Hale, 86, of Kissimmee, Fla., formerly of Pekin, passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in St. Cloud, Fla.

He was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Rector, Ark., to George and Maude Mae Williams Hale. He married Alma Mae Moore June 9, 1951, in Pickett, Ark. She preceded him in death Dec. 7, 2010, in Kissimmee, Fla.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, James Russell Hale and Benny Dwight Hale; one grandson; one great-grandson; six brothers and one sister.

He is survived by four children, Barbara Mae Avery of Kissimmee, Fla., Brenda K. (Clint) McDaniels of Leesburg, Fla., Becky S. (Dennis) Gifford of Pekin and Bobby D. Hale of St. Cloud, Fla. He has 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.

He worked from 1952 to 1978 as a machinist at the Sealtest Dairy in Peoria and later in maintenance for the Premier Company at Diamond Star Motors, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Kissimmee, Florida, Moose Lodge.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin. The Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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