From Staff Reports

James “Jimmy” Hale, 77 of Corsicana, went to be with his Lord and Savior with his loving wife by his side on July 14, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.

Jimmy was born on August 22, 1944 in Etta, Mississippi to Era Olera and Madison Doyle Hale. His parents were share-croppers and worked on the family farm in Northern Mississippi before moving to Memphis. Always the brother in charge, Jimmy was surrounded by his siblings Jan, Jack, John, Virginia Billy, Sherrie, Lillie Margaret and Martha Jane. Jimmy was very proud of his time working on the farm and loved sharing about the things he learned during that time.

Jimmy was drafted to the Army after high school, where he went to Panama for basic training. While in Panama he made the most of his time and learned Spanish that continued to benefit him throughout his life. He served two tours during the Vietnam War.

He and Mary Frances were married 40 years and raised their two children, Stephen and Susan Hale. He and Mary moved to Corsicana in 1998. Many years after Mary passed, Jimmy met Dustie. While they shared a bit of an age gap, they also shared many wonderful memories together over the last years of his life for too short of a time.

Jimmy worked for Orkin Pest Control in different capacities with the company and eventually purchased his own Orkin franchise in 1998.

Whether supporting local sporting teams, charities or national endeavors, Jimmy was always fully involved. As a member of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana he contributed to the Stained-Glass Window Restoration and Summer Vacation Bible School Series. He was politically active in promoting his industry (President of the Louisiana Pest Control Association) or political candidates the he thought were just and honest.

Jimmy was known for his sayings:

  • You don’t save for a rainy day; you save for an opportunity.
  • You make all your money in buying.
  • Think with the end in mind. Always get in the first hit.

In 2007, Jimmy purchased the Halbert House which started his legacy. Over the next 10 months he brought the house back to life, with the goal of restoring it to its original form, which created a lifelong love of restoring his adopted hometown. Over the past 15 years, Jimmy found the most joy out of restoring buildings in downtown. Jimmy is one of the forefathers of our award-winning downtown.

When Jimmy wasn’t working or remodeling, he enjoyed playing poker with his friends and finding a casino to visit whenever he got a chance.

His favorite day had to be February 7, 2011, when Mary Sophia Bruce entered this world from who he had a tremendous love.

A caring, giving, visionary man, Jimmy leaves behind his loving wife Dustie Hale. Son Stephen Hale and wife Amy; Daughter Susan Hale; Grand-daughter Sophia Bruce; Sister Martha Jane Hale and Brother Billy and Newana Hale. He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary, brothers Jan Ledbetter, Jack Ledbetter and John Turner, Sisters Virginia Rose Sherrie Hale McCullar, Lillie Margaret Hale Haynes.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged in Jimmy’s memory to the Corsicana Animal Shelter at 200 N. Twelfth Street. – Designated to the Animal Services Account Fund 294.

Friends and family are encouraged to gather for a time of visitation on Friday, July 22, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the evening at Corley Funeral Home. A service celebrating Jimmy’s life will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 11 a.m. – Burial will follow at New Woodbury Cemetery in Hillsboro.

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