Chris Henry Hale, 69, died Saturday, June 1 at the hospice care center in Hazard.
He was born August 28, 1943, in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of the late Curtis Hale and the late Helen Brown Hale. He spent six years as a radioman-seaman in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Waller. After an honorable discharge, he worked at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. before being called into the ministry.
He was a Nazarene Minister for many years and blessed to see many souls saved. Most recently, he was a counselor at the ARH Psychiatric Center in Hazard. Chris had a ministry of caring for others, and touched many lives during his years at the ARH.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Hale of Christopher; son Jeffrey Hale of Broadhead, Wisconsin; daughters Christina Blakney of Shepherdsville, Ky. and Melissa Gore of Louisville; sister Paula Dalton of Christopher; step-children Shawn and Derek Hogle, both of Louisville; six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, nephews Greg and Curtis Smith; lifetime friend Robert Kessler; special friend Jim Smith; and a host of other relatives, friends and co-workers survive.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, June 4 2 p.m. at the Engle-Bowling Funeral Home of Hazard with Rev. Pete McGee and Rev. James Hamblin officiating. The interment will follow in the Francis Branch Cemetery located at Jeff. The visitation will be at the Engle-Bowling Funeral Home on Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.