Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale

DeLAND – Nathan F. Hale, 49, of DeLand, formerly of Benton, Mo., passed away at 5:53 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 5, 2014) at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

He was born April 4, 1964, in St. Louis, Mo., to Morris Wayne Hale and Elizabeth Ann Vinson.

He is survived by his lifetime companion, Lisa Morris of DeLand; one sister, Cynthia (Donnie) Crowden of Benton, Mo.; five brothers, Allan (Carolyn) Hale of Benton, Mo., Paul Hale of Benton, Mo., Tommy (Rhonda) Hale of Bertrand, Mo., Wayne Hale of French Village, Mo., and William Hale of Bloomsdale, Mo.; one daughter, Megan Housman of Charleston, Mo.; 26 nephews and nieces; and four great-nephews and great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and a brother, Kontrell Hale.

Nathan was a farmhand for Michael Farms in Benton, Mo., most of his life and was currently employed at Herff Jones in Champaign, for the last 12 years. He was of the Baptist faith.

His hobbies were fishing, hunting, arrowheads and nature. He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He loved his family, his friends and his dog, Miss Emily. The Lord blessed Nathan and Lisa with 19 beautiful years together. He will always be missed and forever loved by all.

Amick-Burnett Funeral Home in Scott City, Mo., will be handling arrangements.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Unity Baptist Cemetery in Benton, Mo. The Rev. Dennis Lowe will officiate. There will also be a memorial service in Champaign at a later date.

The Lord needed another good ole boy and He got the very best when He called Nathan home.