Dennis Lee Hale

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Dennis Lee Hale

August 14, 1938 - February 13, 2019

Dennis Lee Hale Dennis Lee Hale, 80, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Brookdale in Macon. He was born August 14, 1938, in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended public schools in Birmingham.
Dr. Hale is preceded in death by his parents, Lois and Fred Hale.
Dr. Hale graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 1960. He earned a Master's degree in 1962 and a PhD in 1977 from Florida State University. His teaching career began at Young Harris College, where he taught from 1962-1966. He then went to Valdosta State University where he served as a Spanish Professor and Department Head. After 30 years at Valdosta State University, he retired in 1996.
Dr. Hale moved to Macon in 2005 to be near his daughter and her family, who he loved with all his heart. He was a devoted Alabama Crimson Tide and Atlanta Braves fan. He loved golfing, traveling, hiking, taking photographs, and making videos. He was of the Methodist faith.
Dr. Hale is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Naomi Hale; daughter, Kelly Hicks and her husband Henry, who was like a son; 3 grandsons who were his pride and joy, Griffin, Carson and Wyatt; brother and sister- in- law, James and Terri Hale of Birmingham; and a number of family and friends who were very special to him.
A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank Brookdale caregivers and Heartland Hospice for their great care.
The family may be contacted at the home of Kelly and Henry Hicks at 5919 Northern Dancer Drive.
In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 886 Mulberry Street, Macon, Georgia 31201 or your favorite charity.
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Harts Mortuary at the Cupola has charge of arrangements.
Published on February 14, 2019
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John Nitschke
Feb 20, 2019
I remember Dr. Hale very fondly as an excellent Spanish teacher (his best work was proven in teaching this country boy Spanish). But as noted he was also an avid sports fan. In fact, I cherish his work on behalf of the Valdosta Wildcats. He helped to create, publish and produce an excellent song titled “700 Wins & Counting”, which chronicled the legendary Valdosta Wildcats as they compiled their 700th victory (and now over 900 victories). Dr Hale and I talked about an updated version as the number of victories continued to climb but we were never able to make it happen. I pray for his family and will forever cherish his memory.

John “Nipper” Nitschke
Valdosta, GA
Barbara and Lee Bradley
Feb 17, 2019
Naomi, Kelly, Henry, and boys--We grieve with you in the sad news of Dennis's passing. We count among our finesst treasures the friendship we enjoyed in Valdosta.