ROTAN Funeral services for John Ross Hale, 82, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Belvieu Cemetery.

He died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, in Brownwood.

He was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Rotan to Houston Meade and Darthulia Green Hale. He was a veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Samaritan. He graduated from Howard Payne University and was a coach for a number of small schools in Texas and Colorado. He retired at Blanket, and was a member of Austin Avenue Church of Christ in Brownwood.

Survivors include his wife, Margie B. Hale; two sons, John Ross Hale Jr. of Comanche and Blake A. Hale of Bridgewater, Va.; and four grandchildren.