Tony Gene Hale, born January 17th, 1944 to Richard and Irene Hale, passed from this life on Saturday November 24th in Wagoner at the age of 68.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Tony worked hard his entire life on the farm as a young boy and later as a mechanic and laborer who was willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed it. He served on the Porter Police Department working under his good friend Jabo Burke for a brief period of time.
He worked as a mechanic for his friend Pete Damme of Haskell for a number of years. He later became a bus mechanic for the Coweta School District and worked there for six years. From there he worked odd jobs until he followed his passion of becoming a small engine mechanic and his own boss. He would say that being his own boss was great because he could open and close when he wanted and could still make time for fishing. He passed his knowledge of small engine mechanics on to his son, Darryl, who sometimes helped him and later passed his skills to his two oldest grandsons, Darryl Jr. and Antonio. They worked long hours at times, so they could finish early and enjoy some fishing time with their grandpa, relaxing on the pond bank, reeling in the big ones. While working for himself, Tony also worked part time for John Matthews of Porter who owned and operated the Porter Feed Mill. He ended his life’s work while working for Roy Cole of Porter whom he often helped maintain his pecan orchards around Porter.
Tony grew up and lived in and around the Porter area most of his life. He attended school in Porter and also Oktaha and Wainwright. He met the love of his life, Betty Cole in September of 1958. After a five year relationship, they married in Coweta, OK, on September 16th, 1963. From their union they had two children, Darryl Hale Sr. of Porter and Dana Macareno also of Porter. His hobbies included his grandchildren, mechanics and fishing.
Tony is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Irene Hale, one sister, Jane Billings and two brothers Bob and Kenny Hale. He is survived by his wife, Betty of the home, son, Darryl Hale Sr. of Porter, daughter, Dana Macareno and her husband, Roberto of Porter, and god-daughter, Ereka Cole-Hale and her husband Darren of Checotah. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Darryl Hale Jr. and wife, Courtney of Oktaha, Antonio, Kasey and Carlos Macareno of Porter and Dylon Hale also of Porter. His step granddaughter, Amanda Mullins and her fiancé David Cole of Wagoner, great-grandchildren, Anthony Gene Hale and future Baby Hale of Oktaha, step-great-grandchildren, Shawn Brackett of Porter, Chloe and Wyatt Cole of Wagoner and honorary granddaughter, Gabriela Tovar of Porter. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Casey and her husband, Joe of Checotah, John Hale and his wife, Rose of Checotah Whitey Hale and his wife, Judy of Whitefield, Richard Hale and his wife, Jeanie of Checotah, Andy Hale and his wife, Pat of Checotah, Dennis Hale and his wife, Annette of Muskogee, along with several special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of special friends.
Pallbearers are Darryl Hale Jr., Antonio Macareno, Carlos, Macareno, John Cole, Chad Lane and Dusty Lane. Honorary Pallbearers are, son, Darryl Hale Sr., grandson, Dylon Hale, brothers, John Hale, White Hale, Richard Hale, Andy Hale and Dennis Hale, wife’s brothers, Glenn Cole, Don Cole, James Cole and Dwight Cole, brothers-in-law, Joe Casey and Mike Billings, cousin, David Smith. Honorary grandsons, Jay Macaruso, Cody Parsons, Zack Burch, and Roberto Preydo. Close friends, John Matthews, Arkie Barnett, Sherad Parker, Roy Cole, Ike Nunn and Stanley Seals.
Services will be Friday, November 30, at 1:00 p.m. at the Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel of Checotah, with graveside services following at Middleton Cemetery in Oktaha.