Ira Hale, Jr.

Ira Hale, Jr., 89, of Helotes, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 13, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Eskota, Texas, the son of late Ira Hale, Sr. and Nannie Imogene Gunnels Brumfield. He was the oldest of three siblings. On June 1, 1948, he married the love of his life, Vernice Irene Hanna, and has been happily married for 64 years. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation radio operator in the 1940s. After his discharge, he was employed by Santa Fe Railroad for 37 years, retiring in November 1983. He was a devoted member of Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater, Texas for many years. When he moved to Helotes in 2003, he became a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Vernice Hale; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Edward Ligendza; son and daughter-in-law David and Sheila Hale; brother and sister-in-law, Alton and Barbara Hale; sister, Gwendolyn Guelker; grandchildren, Alan and Ivonne Reeder, Hannah and Randy Sowell; great-grandchildren, Tony Reeder, Malena Reeder, Joshua Sowell and Hailey Sowell. He was preceded in death by Ira Hale, Sr. (Father) and Nannie Gunnels Brumfield (Mother). We remember our husband, brother, father, granddaddy and great-granddaddy with the fondest memories, with the warmest of thoughts and the lasting and enduring love by which he touched all of our lives. A service will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Crossroads Baptist Church, address 8300 Tezel Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78254 at 1 p.m. Burial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Longworth Cemetery in Longworth, Texas at 1 p.m. under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater. Rev. Buddy Sipe will officiate.Pallbearers are Alton Hale, David Hale, Jack Hale, Edward Ligendza, Alan Reeder, Tony Reeder and Joshua Sowell. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Crossroads Baptist Church (see above address).Online condolences may be expressed at