Rev. Hubert "Lester" Dale, 79, of Jonesboro, Ark., formerly of Poplar Bluff, died Friday June 30, 2006, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro after a lengthy illness.
Rev. Dale was born April 11, 1927, in Bessville, Mo. to the late Will and Parlie Dale. Rev. Dale was ordained a General Baptist minister on Sept. 25, 1954. His first sermon was preached at the Fairview General Baptist Church in Advance and he had been pastor to the following churches: Oak Ridge General Baptist Church, rural Advance; Brownwood General Baptist Church, Brownwood; Collins Chapel General Baptist Church, Poplar Bluff; Gray Ridge General Baptist Church, near Swinton; First General Baptist Church, Bernie Second General Baptist Church, Dexter; First General Baptist Church, Truman, Ark.; North Acres General Baptist Church, Sikeston; Happy Zion General Baptist Church, Annapolis; North Main General Baptist Church, Poplar Bluff; Elk General Baptist Church, Broseley; and Oak Hill General Baptist Church, rural Poplar Bluff. He was a member of the Collins Chapel General Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff.
Rev. Dale is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Ward Dale.
Other survivors include two daughters, Carla Martin and husband, Don, of Jonesboro and Gayla Barber and husband, Joe, of Fredericktown; two grandchildren, SSGT. Donald "Donny" Martin, Jr. and wife Jessica, of U.S. Army, Fort Campbell, Clarksville, Tenn. and Christopher Martin and wife, Lydia, of Southhaven, Miss.; one great-grandchild, Mitchell Paul Martin of Southhaven, Miss.; two sisters, Thelma Ellis of Casey, Ill. and Elizabeth Smith of Jackson; two brothers, Dillard Dale of Cape Girardeau and Gene Dale of Oak Ridge; as well as a host of family and friends.
In addition to his parents, one sister, Wilma Wyatt and one brother, Hurl Dale, preceded Rev. Dale in death.
Visitation was Saturday, July 1, at Cotrell Funeral Chapel in Poplar Bluff. The funeral service was held Sunday, July 2, at Collins Chapel Church in Poplar Bluff with the Rev. Wayne Foust officiating. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery near Advance.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.