Funeral celebrates life of Richard Hale

By Racey Burden | Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Chief Inspector General Forrest Mitchell presents Richard Hale’s widow, Jenifer, with a Texas flag in honor of her husband’s service to the state. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Friends, family and scores of law enforcement officers attended the Tuesday funeral of Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale, a former Decatur police officer.

Hale, who died in a car crash near Decatur May 9, was remembered by family and colleagues as a loving, dedicated public servant. Hale was a firefighter, licensed paramedic and school resource officer at Decatur High School before he joined the Texas Juvenile Justice Department last May.

“The support we see here [at the funeral] is a demonstration that Richard made a positive impact in a professional capacity,” said Chief Inspector General Forrest Mitchell.

“I am a better person for having known Richard.”

Law enforcement officers stand to honor Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale at his funeral Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Hale, 46, was survived by his wife, Jenifer, and eight children — Thomas, Ryan, Jonathan, Cameron, Cheyanne, Jackson, Kynlee and Brentley.

“He was a great man, and it was an honor and a privilege to be his son,” Thomas Hale said.

Lt. Gerald Wright of the Decatur Police Department said Hale was “one of the most professional officers I knew.”

“When you worked with Richard you never had to worry about your back because he had your six,” Wright said.

“On May 9, 2018, God needed another police officer to help in His kingdom. He called Richard home.”

For more on Hale’s funeral, see the weekend Messenger.

Pallbearers Ryan, Thomas, Jonathan and Cameron Hale, Gerald Wright and Jacob Richardson carry Richard Hale’s casket out of First Baptist Church in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


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