Dr. Jerre Hale

May 4 2007

84 year old Dr. Jerre Hale of Smithville died Friday at his residence. He was a dentist for 39 years before retirement and a deacon and church moderator at the Smithville First Baptist Church. Dr. Hale was also a U.S. Navy veteran; speaker of the House of Delegates and in 1986 served as President of the Tennessee Dental Association. Dr. Hale served on the County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Planning Commission and Zoning Commission. He was a longtime voice of the DeKalb County Tigers in basketball and football as public address announcer and the school board recently paid tribute to him by naming the high school press box in his honor. Dr. Hale was also a member of the Smithville Public Housing Commission and he helped organize and was the first president of the Smithville Country Club. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Smithville First Baptist Church. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Sunday from 1:00p.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Edward, Sr. and Sallie Bratten Hale and a brother, James Hale. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Tittsworth Hale of Smithville. Two sons, Jerre Ray, Jr. and his wife Kim Hale of Oklahoma and John M. Hale of Smithville. One daughter, Suzanne and her husband Bo Barbour of Virginia. Four grandchildren, Jerre Ray Hale III, Amanda Hale, Sara and her husband Doug Green and Holly Barbour. Five great grandchildren. One brother, J. Edward and his wife Gloria Hale of Liberty. One sister, Betty and her husband Harry Henderson of Martin. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center, in lieu of flowers.

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