Jerry Lyn Hale was born to Virgil and Geneva Hale on 08/19/1952 into a musical family. He got his first guitar at the age of 4. Week-ends at the Hale house were filled with friends and family gathered to play music. At 14, he played professionally, with his first gig at Lurton Dance Hall. Jerry became an excellent musician and played with bands Vilonia Rose in Little Rock and then Compton in Harrison.
He also went to work at age 14 and bought his first motorcycle, a Montgomery Ward Riverside 50. One day he decided to take an adventure and he and a buddy left after school with $10 and drove to Houston, TX. His Dad, Virgil had to go get them. After he got home, he and same buddy hitchhiked to Bergman to catch the train thinking they’d get off in Branson, but the train didn’t stop in Branson and they ended up in Kansas City. Once again, Virgil had to go rescue them.
At 17, Jerry joined the Navy and traveled the world. When he came home, he schooled under friends Carl & Ralph Bueg and Alan Hudson to become a skilled carpenter. He enjoyed construction and took great pride in his work.
What Jerry built, he built to last.
Jerry was very intelligent and extraordinarily quick-witted. He self-educated himself with higher learning and very much enjoyed passionate debates on a wide range of topics including science, nature, history, religion and of course music. He had a real wealth of trivia knowledge and greatly enjoyed matching music trivia wits with his life-long friend Mike Mitchell.
Jerry was so generous and had a huge heart for animals, children and elderly people. He liked entertaining the children and taught them his favorite life mantra: “Don’t Start None, There Won’t Be None.”
He loved nature and life outdoors. He was the master fire-builder for campfire parties. He was not only a great musician, but a true entertainer. Jerry was the life of the party.
Jerry passed from this life on Oct. 16, 2020. Those who knew and loved him will greatly miss him.
He leaves behind his partner, Pamela Fowler; sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Duane Atkinson and their children Mike and Roy; Aunt Helen Hale, many cousins, including special cousin Christine, and his dogs: Sookie, Sugar Ray, Ernie and Pedro, and many friends.
Special Thanks to his loving and supportive friends and family, but especially to Janice Neville, Steve & Joan Miller, Lucky Stayton, Larry Fowler and Hospice of the Hills staff for helping him to be able to remain at home.
In Lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Ozark Humane Society, 5147 Rock Springs Rd. West, Harrison, Arkansas, 72601
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Ozark Humane Society
5147 Rock Springs Rd, Harrison AR 72601