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Timothy Ray Hale, 48, fondly known as Chief, of Sallisaw, OK, passed away in Tulsa, OK, Sunday, May 3rd after a brave fight with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH).
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 23rd at 2:00 PM at Stephenville Funeral Home in Stephenville, TX. Visitation will be Friday, May 22nd from 5:00-7:00 PM at Stephenville Funeral Home.
Tim was born of Ponca Indian Heritage on October 6, 1966 in Oklahoma City, OK. He was adopted at two days old by Willie B. and Patricia L. Collins Hale. He was a 1985 graduate of Stephenville High School, an accomplished athlete for the Yellow Jackets, a member of FFA, and played trombone in the band. Tim was a Christian, a member of the First Baptist Church of Stephenville, involved in FCA, sang in the church choir, and went to numerous church camps, many fellowship and mission trips with his church. Tim was highly recruited for his football talents and signed to play for SMU, Southern Methodist University.
After college Tim worked as a personal trainer, managed several businesses and business ventures. His passion followed that of his Dad’s, in training race horses at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, OK. Tim is referred to by many of his friends as a “Gentle Giant”. His younger family members called him their “Teddy Bear”. His kind, giving, loving heart made those of all ages love him. He was always there for you when you needed someone, even if you didn’t know what you needed. He would give total strangers his last penny from his pocket and never expect it back. One thing you could count on was if he was teasing or pestering you, it meant he liked you. Tim was also a coach in many different aspects from a cousin’s soccer team, teaching his step-son to play catch, cooking in an iron skillet, or teaching you to drive in “the city.” He would always encourage you with the saying, “Believe in yourself! I DO!” Some of his other favorite sayings were “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” and “Tears clean the windows of the soul.”
Tim is survived by his step-son, Matthew Shafer of Roland, OK; mother, Pat Hale of Stephenville and her companion, Jim Crittenden of Cleveland, OK; sister, Tina Cason (Mike) of Stephenville, TX; aunt, Elizabeth Collins of Little Rock, AR; uncle, J.R. Hale (Pat) of Seminole, OK; nephew, Travis Sturgill; niece, Kyndyll Sturgill of Hudson, WI; cousins, Chuck Collins (Tamra) of McKinney, TX, Tamara Collins Lewis (Jeff) of Little Rock, AR, Amanda Parham Gordan (Elijah) of Denver, CO, Wesley Parham (Amanda) of Denver, CO; his lifelong friends, Alfred Taylor, Chad Ratliff, Alan VanderHorst; and extended family and friends.
Tim was preceded in death by his father, Willie B. Hale; maternal grandparents, Earl and Dixie Collins; uncle, Bud Collins; aunt, Dollie Collins Parham; and paternal grandparents, Joe and Janie Hale.
Tim’s family wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the fight for a cure for LCH. Please “Make a Gift in Memory” at Histiocytosis Association at https://www.histio.org/pages/donate-now or simply do a good deed when remembering Tim.