|Birth: ||Aug. 11, 1912|
|Death: ||May 10, 1976|
One of the best known citizens of Wythe County and Southwest Virginia died Monday in Wythe County Community Hospital. He had fought a long battle to stay alive. For 32 years Lee Hale of Route 1, Crockett, had lived in an iron lung. A victim of polio in 1944, he had been confined to the lung that kept him breathing
During the 32 years he became known throughout a wide area and hundreds of people had visited him. Lee held the record for the longest span of time for a man to live in an iron lung. He will be listed in the "Guiness Book of World Records".
He was placed in the lung on August 7, 1944. The lung that he was in when death overtook him was the third one that he had used during his lifetime.
During the over three decades he depended on the lung for life, he never lost his winsome disposition or had a pessimistic attitude on life. He was always cheerful and in a recent interview with an ENTERPRISE reporter he emphasized that his Christian faith had enabled him to never worry over the problems of life. He said he had been baptized twice, once in the creek and once in a pool.
On April 14, it became necessary for him to be taken to the hospital. The Wythe County Rescue Squad was called to bring him to the hospital and then to solve very quickly, the problem of getting the huge lung through the doors and into the elevator of the building. It was a case of physicians, nurses and hospital attendants cooperating to make the transfer from the Rescue Squad Ambulance into the hospital. As the lung was rolled through the hallway, volunteers transferred the plug-in-cord from outlet to outlet toward the elevator and thence to the third floor. The well carried out plans made it possible for Lee to be without the use of the lung for only a few seconds.
Many ministers of various denominations visited him regularly. He recently told the newspaper that during the years since he was stricken he was able to visit in over one hundred churches.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Louise Kincer Hale, two daughters, Mrs. Nettie Lee Farmer, Crockett; Mrs. Emma Sue Sheppard; Wytheville; one brother, Lewis C. Hale, Crockett; one sister, Miss Annie Bell Hale, Crockett.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Rosenbaum Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church conducted by the Rev. Kyle Kinzer, Rev. Alfred Hall and Rev. Edward Richardson. Interment will be in the church cemetery
Wohlford Funeral Home in Crockett is handling arrangements.
published in the SW VA Enterprise, Wytheville, VA, Tuesday, May 11, 1976
Robert Martin Hale (1889 - 1951)
Sarah Ann Sallie Huddle Hale (1889 - 1970)
Louise Kincer Hale (1915 - 1999)
Lee Hale (1912 - 1976)
Rosa Lee Hale (1914 - 1914)*
Annie Belle Hale Jones (1914 - 1996)*
Lewis Crockett Hale (1917 - 2005)*
Rosenbaum Chapel PH Church Cemetery
Created by: Sue Hale Sheppard
Record added: Mar 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18681345