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Joseph R. Hale

1961 - 2021


Decatur, GA. - Joseph R. Hale, Jr., age 60, of Longboat Key, Florida, passed away on June 21, 2021 from cancer. Joe was born April 23, 1961, to the late Phyllis Hale West and the late Joseph R. Hale, Sr. He grew up in Ridgway, Illinois, where he graduated from Ridgway High School. Joe graduated from the University of Illinois in 1984, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He remained a dedicated fan of the Fighting Illini throughout his life. 

Joe spent his professional career in the banking and regulatory field working for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and most recently the Farm Credit Administration in McClean, VA, where he was a Supervisory Examiner. 

Joe was married to Valerie Hale, who survives. They have two children Nicole Bettis (Michael) of Carrollton, GA; and Christopher Hale (Monica) of Griffin, GA. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Clementine and Indiana Bettis and his sisters Susan Hale of Metamora, IL, and Sally Hale of Atlanta, GA. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents Pearl and W.L. (Butch) Miner and E.L. and Grace Hale and by step-father Harold F. West and step-mother Marie Hale.  There will be a remembrance service in his hometown in Illinois at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Sunshine, 1850 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033, or online at

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July 14, 2021 5:00 PM

I was a good friend and classmate of Joe at  RCHS, we always joked around together. And we crossed paths occasionally at U of I. I send prayers to Joe's family.

Terry & Kathy Williams

July 11, 2021 11:30 AM

We remember, Joe, as Susan’s & Sally’s cute & rambunctious little brother, Joey.
Very sad to know of his passing from this life. Prayers to our Lord God for peace, comfort & unity for the entire family. Terry & Kathy Williams

Johnita Moore

July 9, 2021 12:26 PM

I loved talking to Joey when I  would see him, I am so very sorry to all of his family. You have our prayers and sympathy 

Paula Duffy

June 28, 2021 9:01 PM

Prayers for the family. So sorry for their loss. I remember being at their house on the blacktop back a few years ago and Joey was Sally’s little blonde haired brother.

Tracy Kimbro

June 28, 2021 3:14 AM

Joe always took the time to be nice to everyone . I will always remember this very nice man when I see a Elmer's glue bottle in the store . Elmer's glue seemed to be his snack of choice as a young kid . Take care and may you rest in the grace of God and in total peace . Amen !

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