Raymond Arnold Hale
SUFFOLK- Raymond Hale, 77, died December 12, 2019. In an interview 25 years ago he was asked what he would like as an epitaph. His response: "He was a good husband and father and a positive influence on the lives of the students he served." These words are a mirror reflection of the life he lived.

A native of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Raymond was a principal at Cradock High School, retired as principal at Churchland High School, and was later on the adjunct faculty at ODU. He was an elder at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Suffolk.

A man of many friends and tireless energy, Raymond enjoyed golfing at Nansemond River Golf Club, reading on topics from adventure to astrophysics, rooting for the Virginia Cavaliers, fishing the coastal waters across the region, and tackling projects for friends, family, and those in need across the community with an eye for getting the job done right.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Marion Gregoire Hale; daughter, Macy Hale Lenox and husband Michael of Charlottesville; son, Jason Edward Hale of Bali; sister, Sherry Scruggs; two brothers, Mike Hale and wife Jean, and Andy Hale and wife Judy; and two grandchildren, Benjamin Hale Lenox and Haley Virginia Lenox. He loved his brothers, sister, and his family by marriage. Near lifelong friendships with Wilson and Joanne Barnes and Billie and Pam Hill further defined and enriched his life.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 2:30 PM at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Suffolk, by Pastor Gillian Weighton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1885 Bridge Road, Suffolk, VA 23433. www.SturtevantFH.com
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Dec. 16, 2019.
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How nice to see Mr. Hale again! His smiling face was always joyful and his support of teachers, consistent and caring. He hired me at CHS 27 years ago and my life was forever changed. God bless his generous soul.
Jamie K Cosumano
December 10, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the Hale family.
Rick Shoemaker
December 23, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 18, 2019
Mr. Hale was a principal at Churchland High School when I taught there. I just learned of his demise and I was saddened, as well as shocked by the news. In my forty-four years of teaching, he was the best principal under whom I taught. He was compassionate. supportive, and always listened to his teachers' side before making a decision. After he retired and when he saw a person, he would still have the same attitude that he had when he was at the school. The world and his family have lost a loving, devoted man. I extend my sincere sympathy to the family. May God wrap His every loving arms around him and welcome him into the kingdom.
Earl Mabry
December 18, 2019
Mr Hale was an inspiration to me in high school. He was an straight forward Principal and he was an honest man. He will be missed by many. R.I.P Mr Hale.
Kimberley Doherty
December 18, 2019
Mr. Hale did indeed have a positive impact on me as my principal at Cradock. Sending love and prayers to his family and friends.
Karin Rzeszotko
December 17, 2019
I, along with my husband, Tim Lyke, were saddened to learn Mr. Hale passed away. It was just a few weeks ago that I saw Jenny Barnes and we reminisced about my years working for him and Joanne Barnes at Cradock High School in the guidance department. Mr. Hale was a wonderful administrator who was well respected by staff, students, and parents. While I thoroughly enjoyed working for him, I also had the privilege of seeing our son, who has Down's Syndrome,receive his high school diploma from Mr Hale In 1999 when he was principal at Churchland High School. Luke still has a framed picture of him and Mr Hale on his bookcase. I consider myself lucky to have worked for him, often benefitting from his expertise as well as his friendship. Pleas accept our condolences.
Katherine Schuhr
December 17, 2019
Principal Hale was the principle of Westhaven Elementary when I was there. He was always talking and engaging us. He was definitely gifted with working with kids. I am so glad the Lord blessed him with a long life with his wife and family. He left this world having touched so many lives and what a legacy he left behind.
Karen Culpepper
December 17, 2019
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Raymond Hale. He was my principal when I was a Title 1 Dare teacher at Highland- Biltmore Elementary School. His family has my heartfelt sympathy. May he rest in heaven. He will be rewarded for the service he rendered here on earth to the educational arena.
Regina Long Southall
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
Regina Southall
December 17, 2019
Mr. Hale was a dear friend and colleague with my father, Jim Robinson. When I returned from Texas, Mr. Hale wanted to hire me to teach at Craddock High. However, I was sent to Churchland High. Eventually, he took over the helmet of CHS.

I have many fond memories of Mr. Hale walking the halls, greeting parents, students, and staff with a bright smile. I dearly missed him when he retired.

With a heavy heart, I extend my condolences to Hr. Hale's family and his many friends and colleagues. He was a huge influence in the Portsmouth Public School family and will be greatly missed.

Barbara Robinson Taber, EdD
Barbara Taber
December 17, 2019
My deepest condolences to your family. He was a great man and always had kind things to say to encourage his students. Mr. Hale was my principle Class of 1997 at Churchland High School.
Robert Williams
December 17, 2019
Mr. Hale was the best Assistant Principal during my time at Churchland Middle School. Mr. Hale was a very kind, understanding and supportive Principal. He truly cared about his students. My sympathy go out to Mr. Hale's family. I know your hearts are sad and will miss him. Mr. Hale will be missed but his legacy will live forever. The schools system need more people like Mr. Hale. May the Lord bless you all during this sad time. Keep your heads up high and continue to celebrate Mr. Hale life. Praying for your family. Marilyn Thomas Wahl
Marlyn Thomas-Wahl
December 17, 2019
Good Evening my heart aches as I say Mr. Hales picture. I worked with him at Churchland & Cradock High school. He was the sweetest person I ever met always kind, and encouraging. Even when he disciplined the kids it's was out of love never to hurt them. Trying to adjust them before it was too late. His mannerism was soft spoken, gently very warm. I know his death has affected the family no words can describe the loss of from each of you. I am here if u wanna talk. Just know he was a warm and caring individual who touched so many lives with his gentle approach.
Tracey Harrell
December 16, 2019
Mr. Hale was my principal when hired in 1985. He supported his teachers and loved his students. He was a kind and sincere man who undoubtedly made a difference at Churchland High School. I am sad to hear of his passing but am happy to know that he lived a good life and was loved by many. My deepest condolences to his lovely family; many blessings to you through this difficult time.
Jamie Cosumano, teacher at CHS
Jamie Cosumano
December 16, 2019
Mr. Raymond Hale was my principal when I was a student at Westhaven Elementary School in Portsmouth, VA. He was always pleasant, kind and cared so much about all students and staff. He will be missed.
Gloria Govan
December 16, 2019
Oh I'm so sorry to hear Mr. Hale passed. What a wonderful man and beautiful family. I can only think he had a fantastic greeting party up above with my dad there ready to talk college basketball! ❤
Lori Kithil (Haley)
December 16, 2019
Raymond Hale was my principal at Churchland High School. I taught Marketing until I retired in 2002.
Raymond was a wonderful Principal and an excellent Boss.

He was always gracious every time I had to go to his office for a conference. He treated our students and staff with much respect. He was certainly one of my favorite Principals. He always backed me on situations that came up and offered wise opinions when the going got tough.

God Bless Raymonds family and friends. I am sending a prayer to God to take care of him in heaven and his family on earth.

Even though I live in Richmond now and am retired I always will remember Raymond as being a gentleman and a scholar and my friend.

Bob Copeland
Robert Copeland
December 15, 2019
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