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Arles Hale, 89, Russell County, KY (1925-2015)

He was one of South Central Kentucky's most admired citizens. He was a graduate of Russell Springs High School and Lindsey Wilson College. He was a U.S. Marine, and a Kentucky State Trooper. He was a 25 year member of the Russell County Board of Education, serving as chairman for many of those years. He was on the State Board of Education for nine years. He was a Mason. He served as President of the Russell County Jaycees. He was President of the Russell County Industrial Corporation. His marriage to Mildred Winfrey last an incredible 70 years. He was a beef cattle farmer and raised and trained gated horses as well as thoroghbreds.
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Arles Hale, age 89 years, 11 months, 12 days of Russell Springs, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Jamestown, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be at 11amCT, September 12, 2015 at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 391 East Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs, Kentucky with Bro. Jeff Winfrey officiating. Interment will be in the Hale Cemetery, French Valley Road, Russell Springs, Kentucky. Visitation will be September 11, 2015 5pmCT till 9pmCT at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 391 East Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs, Kentucky. Military Honors provided by Russell County Honor Guard and Kentucky State Police Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Stan Thomas, David Hale, John David Hale, Rodney Whitlock, Mark Smith and Donnie Hale.

Arles Hale, 89, Russell County, KY (1925-2015)

He was born on Tuesday, September 29th, 1925 in Russell Springs, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Curtis W. Hale, and the late Floy McKinley Hale.

Following his retirement from the Kentucky State Police, he began his second career in public service; this time in education. He served 25 years on the Russell County Board of Education, with many of those years as Chairman. He also served on the State Board of Education for 9 years. He joined the Masons in 1953, served as President of the Russell County Jaycees and the Russell County Industrial Corporation. He has a love for farming and animals. He always had Angus beef cattle on the farm. For many years he raised and trained gated horses then he changed to raising and racing thoroughbreds. He never got rich off of racing, but did win a few races and enjoyed watching them run.

He is survived by the following:
  • His wife: Mildred Winfrey Hale

  • Special cousin: David Hale, Russell Springs, Kentucky

  • Three nephews: Jon Winfrey, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; Jeff Winfrey, Dawson Springs, Kentucky; and Donnie Hale, Russell Springs, Kentucky

  • Three nieces: Cheryl Whitlock, Campbellsville, Kentucky; Janna Smith, Russellville, AR; and Jenny Winfrey, Dawson Springs, Kentucky

  • Two sisters: Fostene Rexroat, Russell Springs, Kentucky; and Alene Grider, Russell Springs, Kentucky
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Buel Hale and a nephew, Robert Hale.

Espressions of sympathy suggested to: Kentucky State Police, Trooper Island or Hale Cemetery Fund.

Wilson Funeral Home, 391 E. Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs, KY in charge of arrangement.

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