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Len Mason Hale

July 27, 1939 — January 22, 2024

Len Mason Hale of Bone Cave passed from this earthly life on Monday, January 22, 2024. A life-long resident of Bone Cave in Van Buren County, he was born on July 27, 1939. He was the son of John C. and Mary Etta Rowland Hale, who preceded him in death and grandson of Joe C. and Martha Ella McCoy Hale and Henry and Ella McCormick Rowland. Mason was married to Mary Marlyn Hillis Hale on December 21, 1957 who preceded him in death on April 18, 1961. He was also preceded in death by brother, Billy Bob Hale and sister-in-law, Reba Hale; nephew, Billy Woodlee; niece, Annette Hale and brother-in-law, Preston Huckeby.

Mr. Hale is survived by one daughter, Tammie (Larry) Gribble; one granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Gribble Morelli of Nashville; three great-grandchildren, Ella Marilyn Morelli, Roberta “Bertie” Len Morelli and Everett Anderson Morelli of Nashville; one sister, June Huckeby; one nephew, Harrison (Calisha) Woodlee of Rock Island and great-nephews, Weston Woodlee and Eastlan Woodlee of Rock Island and Bobby L. Hodges of Spencer.

Mr. Hale was a former supervisor at Century Electric in McMinnville, a retired cattle farmer, retired construction supervisor with Universal Constructors of McMinnville, Bacar Construction, Carter Group and City Group of Nashville. He was a 1957 graduate of Van Buren County High School, member of the original Laurel Creek Baptist Church, was a Mason for over 61 years, currently with Warren Lodge #125, 32nd degree Mason and Alhambra Shriners. Mason served as a member of the Van Buren County Commission in the 70’s and early 80’s, he held a great love for family, friends, home heritage and working with his hands. He loved history, genealogy and learning how many directions those roots ran from the family tree, things like where they began and where they ended. Mason held a special place in his heart for his ancestral home, of which he was proud to own and maintain. The farm that he held so dear has been in the Hale family for over 153 years and was recognized as a Tennessee Century Farm.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at the original Laurel Creek Baptist Church with Brother Don Rigsby and Brother Randal Kirby officiating. Burial to follow at Long Cemetery in Van Buren County, TN. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at High Funeral Home and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the original Laurel Creek Baptist Church. Masonic rites will be held on Wednesday night. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Laurel Creek Cemetery or Long Cemetery.

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High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 




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