Terry Lee Hales

Published 9:22 am Thursday, April 20, 2023

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Mr. Terry Lee Hales, Col., USA, Ret. 76, of Advance, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, April 9, 2023.

He was born in Washington, N.C. on Dec. 14, 1946 to the late Brooks and Bessie Hales. He married Mary Helen Moore on Dec. 16, 1966, with whom he celebrated 56 years in 2022. Together they had three children. Colonel Hales was also a proud veteran in the US Army and retired as a full bird colonel after 30 years with his service including two tours in Vietnam. A decorated military leader, he had the respect of many around him. After serving on active duty, he taught ROTC at Oak Ridge Military Academy, RJ Reynolds High School and Davie High School for over 20 years, teaching students the value of respect, loyalty and duty to country. He served these same students both inside and outside of the classroom. Above all, Colonel Hales was a child of God. The family counts it a joy that he met his risen Savior for eternity on Easter Sunday.

Preceding him in death are: his parents; sister, Edna Blackwelder; and brother, Dalton Hales.

Surviving: his wife, Mary Helen; his brothers, Bill of Goldsboro and Tommy of Greenville; his daughter, Sarah of Charlotte; son, Terry Jr. (Beth) of Clemmons; and Camilla (Chad) of Advance; 10 grandchildren, Chelsea, Allie (Matthew), Kinley (Jared), Hope, Colby, Emma, Chloe, Melyn, Carter, and Tate.

Colonel Hales was a proud father and grandfather, always reminding his family that he loved them no matter what and would do and sacrifice anything for them. He will be incredibly missed by those who knew and loved him, but we are rejoicing that he is with his Savior.

A memorial service was conducted in his honor at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 14 at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel in Advance. The family received friends following the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences: www.hayworth-miller.com.