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James Hale

February 21, 1923 February 23, 2010
James Hale
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St. Albans – James Hale, 87, a longtime area businessman and educator passed away early Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at the Franklin County Rehab Center of cancer with his loving family at his side. Born on February 21, 1923, in Hindman, Kentucky, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Noble) Hale. James left high school at an early age and joined the U.S. Navy and served four years during WW II and then joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He received his honorable discharge in March of 1952. On January 2, 1957, he opened a Shell Station on the corner of So Main and Stebbins Street. Following twenty years at the station, he became an Auto Mechanic instructor for B.F.A. and retired after twenty-two years of instructing. James was a life member of Green Mountain Post # 1, American Legion and Robert E. Glidden Post # 758, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife, Germaine “Gerry” (Gamache) Hale of St. Albans; two sons, Gary J. Hale and his wife, Donna, of Littleton, New Hampshire and Steven A. Hale of St. Albans; two grandsons, Chad Hale and his wife, Cindy and Greg Hale and his wife, Dawn; four great grandchildren, Leah and Keria Hale and Nathaniel and Nicholas Hale. James is also survived by a brother, Guy Hale of Jacksonville, Florida and two sisters, Rainey Peckinpaugh of Lake Wales, Florida and Glenna Fralay of Lexington, Kentucky. A graveside funeral service with military honors to be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery will be announced later this spring. Private messages of condolence are welcome at

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