Glendel Lyvoid Hale, of Gardendale, Alabama, passed away on October 31, 2022, at the age of 82. Mr. Hale was born in Blount County, Alabama, on March 19, 1940, to John William and Reba Wood Hale.
Mr. Hale was a man of many accomplishments. Glendel served his country honorably in the United States Navy, was a 33rd Degree Mason, and a Shriner. Mr. Hale holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Montevallo and was a member of the first graduating class of Emergency Medicine in the state of Alabama. In addition to his Business and Emergency Medicine diplomas, Glendel also obtained a degree in Fire Science. A founding member of Homeland Security, Mr. Hale not only traveled to New York in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 but was actively involved in the search and rescue of his fellow Americans during one of the darkest times in American history. In addition to his many honorable achievements, Mr. Hale served as a professional firefighter and paramedic for twenty-five years in the Birmingham area. Mr. Hale was also a proud member of UCAN, a Cherokee nation of Guntersville, Alabama. Glendel married his sweetheart, Virginia Phillips, sixty-two years ago, and together they raised two daughters. Mr. Hale loved his family dearly and he will be missed greatly.
Mr. Hale is preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Wendel Hale (a twin brother who died at birth,) Tommy Hale, Virginia Chafin, Barbara Crow, Brenda Crow, Linda Cason, and Doris Hale.
Glendel is survived by his wife, Virginia Phillips Hale; daughters, Tammy Smith (Adam) and Rhiannon Hale (Scott); grandchildren, Gabriel Smith (Ken), Hannah Smith (Dillon), Cora Hale, Iris Hale; great-grandchild, Ashton Dickinson; brothers and sisters, Fred Hale, Randy Hale (Lori), Sue Barnett, Sandra Manion (Kevin); and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Hale are 2 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 2022, in the Holly Pond Funeral Home Chapel, Keith Whitley officiating. Burial will follow in Duck Creek Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, at the funeral home, an hour prior to service time, beginning at 1 p.m.
Holly Pond Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hale family.