Obituaries

     
    Robert Grimshaw
A memorial service for Robert “Bob” Grimshaw, 85, Mabank, will be held at a later date under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Grimshaw was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Chicago, Ill. and died Feb. 17, 2007, in Athens.
He was a mechanic and veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II.
Survivor is stepdaughter Kathy Heads.

Pauline Bennett
A memorial service for Pauline Bennett, 79, Gun Barrel City, will be held at a later date under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Bennett had lived in Gun Barrel City since 1983, and was a retired waitress from McClains Restaurant.
Survivors include her daughter Bobbe and husband Roy Mann, Seagoville; Paula and husband Billy Baker, Gun Barrel City; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Raymond Bruton
Services for Raymond Garth Bruton were held Feb. 21, 2007, at The Chapel at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points with the Rev. Chuck Weber of Cedar Creek United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at the Pleasant Mound Cemetery in Dallas.
Bruton was born Feb. 4, 1933, in Dallas to James and Ada Bruton and died Feb. 19, 2007, in Athens. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jim and Emmitt Bruton, sisters Ruth Sherman and Pam Hall.
He was a brickmason and had owned Trinity Car Crushers in Dallas. He was a former fire marshal and served with the Seven Points Volunteer Fire Department.
He moved from Dallas to the lake area in the 70s, and loved to play golf and drink coffee with his friends at McClain’s Restaurant. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his daughters Robbie Bruton Kirkpatrick and husband Joe, and Becky Bruton Jones and husband Johnny; grandchildren Bryan Kirkpatrick, Weatherford; Lori Kirkpatrick, Tyler; Kyle Kirkpatrick, Eustace; Dane Hughey and Casey Jones, Gun Barrel City; four great-grandchildren; sister Billie Cloak, Pennsylvania; nephew Ed Cloak, Hollywood, Fla.; and niece Brenda Karelis, Jackson Hill, Pa.; and other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Joe Lowe, Wayne Webb, Bobby Spivey, Bryan Kirkpatrick, Kyle Kirkpatrick and Casey Jones.

Chaplain (Col.) Wallace M. Hale
Services for Chaplain Wallace M. Hale were held Feb. 24, 2007, at the First Christian Church of Melissa. Drs. Mike McConachie and Hap Lyda officiated. Interment followed in Fitzhugh Cemetery at Forest Grove. A memorial service will be held in Northern Virginia at a later date.
Wallace Hale concluded his earthly adventure Feb. 18, 2007.
He moved to McKinney 11 years ago, married Abbie Lou Meaders, and enjoyed his home and work. He wrote and published several books, but considered “Battle Rattle,” his stories of his combat days, as the one he liked best.
His stories came directly from his life experiences serving as a chaplain during World War II.
The Rev. Hale was born in Kemp Aug. 7, 1914, and went through public school with Abbie Lou. He became a southern Baptist pastor at the age of 16 and was commissioned as Chaplain in the U.S. Army Dec. 4, 1939.
He served with troops and in administrative capacities in many places of responsibility with the same drive he had developed on the Texas ranch where he grew up.
Hale, on active duty, pioneered the Army’s development of religious audio-visuals, sharpened and prepared better means of teaching character guidance, and used every effort to develop ther religious education program of the U.S. Army. He served many years on the audio-visual committee and the curriculum development committee of the Department of Education of the National Council of Churches.
He was chairman of the chaplain board and had served in a liaison capacity with the World Council of Churches in Geneva and the Vatican in Rome.
He also worked closely with the General Commission of the Chaplains and Armed Forces personnel.
Many of his articles on professional areas of the Chaplain’s work have been published in various religious magazines and quarterlies. He wrote his dissertation at the War College on “The Collection and Evaluation of Religious Information.”
For his PhD, he wrote his dissertation on “This Nation under God – Or Under Emergent Moralities.”
Wallace retired after serving as a chaplain for more than 37 years.
He served as pastor of Fairfax Circle Baptist Church, Ox Hill Baptist Church, Waterford Baptist Church, Middleburg Baptist Church and North Fork Baptist Church, all in Northern Virginia.
He also served as pastor of Melissa Christian Church, where he retired at age 90.
Wallace claimed he was never bored with life but he especially enjoyed these past years with Abbie Lou and his host of friends.
He looked forward with anticipation to the next adventure.
He is survived by his wife Abbie Lou Meaders Hale; sons Thomas J. Hale and his wife Judy of Ashburn, Va. and John C. Hale and his wife Wendy of Middleburg, Va; grandchildren Judson, Alex and Kathleen Hale; sister Mary Katherine Clark of Texas City; daughters by marriage Judy Lyda and her husband Hap and their children Marc, Jay and Lance Lyda: Jolly Tucker and her husband Doyle and their children Peter Hargrave, Julie Johnston and Kerri Hernandez.
Wallace was preceded in death by his first wife of 54 years, Eugenia Callahan Hale, the mother of his sons.