Glenn Hale was born September 6, 1937 in Tyler, Alabama to Bossie Hale Sr. and Thelma (Riggins) Hale. He attended Century Jr Elementary and Shiloh High School where he played basketball. Growing up, Glenn attended East Salem Missionary Baptist Church where he was baptized in his youth. On February 7, 1957 Glenn became one with Ora (Robinson) Hale.
In 1957, Glenn moved to Portland, Oregon with the love of his life Ora Hale, who preceded him in death. After arriving in Portland Glenn and Ora later joined Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Sylvester McCullumn. During his time at Morning Star he sung in the men’s choir and served on the Usher Board.
Glenn was a sandblaster, painter, and a member of the Union. He worked on the 1st tallest building in Portland, the “Georgia Pacific”. Glenn was an entrepreneur, he landscaped.
In his leisure Glenn spent countless hours on CB (Citizens Band) radio under the handle Snake with his antenna King Kong. During his time on the CB he could be heard talking through the television and the refrigerator, and sometimes on the next block. Over CB radio Snake had many CB buddies. Snake’s also received an award a regional CB meetup.
Glenn was very caring. He would go to any length to ensure that the needs of others were taken care of, even before his own. He took special care of his grandchildren. He was also a singer in his own right--- every birthday his siblings, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were sung his masterful rendition of the happy birthday song, this is something everyone looked forward to. He was the voice that carried the baritone sound within the “Mighty Wings of Faith” which ministered nationally.
Glenn was affectionately known by many names: “Unc”, “Snake”, “Mac Daddy” and most of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren called him “Old Man” and “Daddy”. He was also the nickname giver, is any of this familiar: Tweety, Simp, Bay Bro, Maine, Baby, Heavy Weight(Reshay), Legs, Tie-head (Lil Girl), Ka Pow-pow, Scoop Head, and Mud pie, amongst many others.
Glenn was the patriarch of his family. He wanted everyone to reach their full potential by encouraging them to not short-change themselves by making the wrong decision. He could spend hours sharing his faith, exemplifying strength, and most of all how to love unconditionally.
Two daughters Glenda Mills (Joseph) of Portland, OR, Cynthia Hale of Portland, OR; two sons, Charlie Hale of Portland, OR Glenn R. Hale (Peggy Ruth) of Portland, OR
11 grandchildren LaCheena Mills, Reisha Jackson (Freddie II), Jolonda Mills, Latoya Mills, Jermaine Mills and Charles Hale all of Portland, OR, Anika (Goran) Djordjic of Chicago, IL, Kiara Ruth-Hale and Kalea Ruth-Hale Austin, TX
19 great-grandchildren Vontrell Mills, Auzjherae Nash, Tanaezah Christian, Bryanna Moore, Tre’Von Mills, Diallo Mills, Qui’Sean Mills, Josiyah Mills, Jaylen Mills, Jaheim Mills, Borisshae’ Hale, Kayla Jackson, Kahlle Jackson, Freddie Jackson III, Anthony “Buddy” Adams, Miyani Adams, Maja Djordjic, Eva Djordjic and Royalty “Cedar”
Glenn leaves to cherish his sisters, brothers and a host of nieces, nephew and close friends
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