J. E. ‘Johnny’ Hale April 15, 1923 ~ April 26, 2013
April 19, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
He was the born to the late Cora and John Hale April 15, 1923 in Wise, Va. He was preceded in death by his third wife Bobbie Hale and his second wife Vivian Huffines Hale.
One of nine children, Johnny was also preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.
Johnny was a mechanic, a body repairman, bar owner (he referred to his bar as a community center), a handyman, a pilot, a motorcyclist, a fighter, a Merchant Marine, a stuntman, an adventurer, and in the end - a Christian. As a Merchant Marine, he flew supplies to fighting troops in WWII, often under heavy fire. As a stuntman in the Circus of Death traveling stunt show in the 50’s, he performed many death-defying feats including being strapped to the hood of a car as it jumped off a ramp and through a wall of fire. He would also drive a car on two wheels on its side, and ride an Indian motorcycle in the famed Cage of Death. Asked how he would practice such stunts, he just shrugged and said, "You just had to get out there and do it.” He once said, "If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
Johnny loved the Texas Hill Country that he called home for more than 50 years, country music, fried catfish and black coffee with two sugars. He never met a stranger, and he referred to almost everyone as, honey child, hoss, darlin’ or buddy. Everybody loved J. E. and he will always be remembered for his friendly nature, his John Wayne character, quick whit and great one liners.
Johnny is survived by his brother Al Hale and his wife Joan of Garland and his daughter Nancy Sue Horner of Houston. He is also survived by two grandchildren Bethia and Tiffany, four great-grandchildren Jessica, Cheyenne, Adrian and Cameron, and one great- great-grandchild Loretta Mae as well as and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Sunday May at 2 p.m. at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Burnet.
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