In Memory

Richard Oliver Hale

Richard Oliver Hale

Sad to report that Ricky Hale passed away on January 15, 2021 in Florida. Additional information will be posted on this page when available.  Farewell and God speed, Rick.

Hale, Richard "Rick"

February 26, 1944 - January 15, 2021

Richard "Rick" Oliver Hale, Jr. passed away on January 15, 2021 at the age of 76 surrounded by his family in his home in Orlando, Florida after a well-fought battle with Parkinson's disease. Rick grew up in the Glenwood neighborhood of Greensboro, North Carolina where he mastered his gift of gab and asking for forgiveness rather than permission.

Rick met the love of his life, Linda Lenzi Hale, while impersonating Conway Twitty on a fishing trip in the Florida Keys. Rick and Linda settled in Marathon, Florida, and raised two sons, Richard Oliver Hale IV, and Bradford Lenzi Hale. Rick changed the lives of many students during his thirty years of teaching and coaching at Marathon High School, including fostering a number of students through the years who were facing particularly challenging times. He tallied 371 coaching wins and was quick to remind others that the local newspaper designated him as a Legend. He was a devoted Christian serving many roles at the local Methodist Church and spent his time playing golf, boating, and traveling the country in the summers with his family. Rick never met a stranger and had an unmatched ability to connect with people and lead them to a good time.

Rick and Linda retired in Orlando, Florida in 2006 to share in the daily lives of their children: Richard Oliver Hale IV (Maria), Bradford Lenzi Hale (Amy); and four grandchildren: Melaina Elizabeth Hale, Carrington Lenzi Hale, Wilson Bradford Hale, and Mary Jude Reynolds Hale. Known to them as Papa, he brought smiles, laughter, life lessons, a love of Christ, and junk food to his grandchildren by a means which can only be accomplished by a devoted grandfather.

Rick will be honored in a celebration of life at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida on January 22, 2021 at 11 am ET. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Hale Youth and Children's Endowment, established with love and admiration for Rick and Linda's service to education, providing financial support to the youth and children's ministries of Hyde Park United Methodist Church (, or to a charity of your choice.

Loomis Family Cremation

Suite 5, 600 North Highway 27, Minneola, FL 34715

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Published by Greensboro News & Record on Jan. 18, 2021.

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01/16/21 01:43 PM #1    

Paul Stewart Gardiner

Am very saddened to hear that Ricky has left us. Such a fine friend and fun to be with, etc. God bless, Ricky.

01/17/21 08:12 AM #2    

Bill Womack

So sorry to hear of Ricky's passing. Mary Susan Ross (Bobby Ross's wife) sent us the note.  She said she could see Bobby and Ricky seating in paradise eating a yum- yum ice cream cone. Always so much fun to be with. Rest in peace my old friend.

Bill Womack and Laura ( Andrew ) Womack

01/18/21 09:10 PM #3    

Robert Daniel (Danny) Hawks

I  have lost a brother. We grew up together in Glenwood neighborhood in Greensboro NC.
We shared many ,many happy memories while attending  Central Junior high school 

and our beloved Greensboro Senior High School. Ricky loved sports, I don't think he ever

Missed a Whirlie home Game, He  always supported all our sporting events.

Ricky was quick to make friends and I remember him most of the time, he was happy and fun to

to be around.  His passing, will always remind me of the 50th reunion which was my last words

with Ricky . As I and Nancy were leaving, Ricky's last word to me was I love you Dan, and I in turn

 said Ricky you know I Love You. My heart and prayers Go out to his Family.

 I believe Ricky is a believer in Jesus Christ and the Word,  the Word says "to be absent from

this body is to be with the Lord."


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