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William “Willie” Marshall Hale

William “Willie” Marshall Hale, age 59, of Mena, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, July 28, 2023, at his home. Willie was born August 10, 1963, in Mena, Arkansas, to Raymond Clinton Hale and Virginia Louise Stroud Hale.

Willie was an aircraft engine mechanic by profession and started right out of high school. He was considered a legend by all those at the Mena airport. Several would seek out his advice about aircraft engines and was considered a pure genius in his career where He had many special friends over the years at the airport including all the guys at Mena Aircraft Engines. One admirer was his daughter, who growing up was attached to his hip through the Summers at the airport. Willie told those close to him that if he did one thing right in life, it was his daughter. The two had a special bond that most never get to experience. Willie also had a love for Harley Davidsons and enjoyed riding in the wind and letting his worries go. His last love that he loved almost as much as his ripper, Marlow, and his baby girl was his special grand dogs, Remington “Remi” and Hendrix “Jimi”.

They loved their peepaw and he loved them fiercely. Their favorite thing to do was to go for a ride to pick up their peepaw and greet him with the type of love and excitedness that only Remi and Jimi knew how to give. Willie loved all his boys at the Fox Den and has his ritual routine on the weekends with them. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and had many special friends there he loved to visit with.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Louise Hale and his significant other Toni Langley.

He is survived by his daughter, Marla Hale, and Fiancé Zach Bates, one brother, Greg Hale, and wife Ashley, two former spouses and dearest friends, Paula Hale and Deborah Galloway, nieces and nephews, Jami, Taylor, Trevor, and Waylon, his beloved grand dogs Remington and Hendrix, and a host of other relatives and friends too great to mention.

Graveside service will be held at Pinecrest Memorial Park on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at 10:00, with Robert Smith and Rick Griffith to lead the service. Pallbearers will be Nick Guinn, Sawyer Manley, Mike Henderson, Rody Strother, Jim Crowley, and Ray Baker. Honorary Pallbearers will be Thomas Copelin, Rick Griffith, Remington, Hendrix, and Leonard Watts. A general visitation will be held at Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Shine on you crazy diamond!

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