John Neil Hale February 16, 1963 - June 14, 2020

John Neil Hale known by many as “Kentucky John” passed away on June 14th in Asheville, NC at the age of 57. He is survived by his daughter Kelsey and her husband Cody Rice; fiancé, Melinda Reed; older brother, Zach Hale; younger sister, Vera Hale; nieces, Betsy Stacy (husband Shawn Stacy) and Jackie Hale; nephews, Zach “Bub” Hale Jr. and Will Hale (wife Kayla Hale). John was well loved by his great nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Janie Dillon and father James Hale.

John was loved by many from West Virginia to Florida and places in between. He supported and inspired many with his words and actions. He had a passion for his community, music, hiking and his love of real estate which initially brought him to the mountains of North Carolina over 20 years ago. He will be missed by all his family and friends.

A celebration of life is planned at Brevard Wesleyan Church, 583 N Broad St, Brevard, NC 28712 on Saturday, June 20th, visiting hours 1-2:30 pm and memorial service at 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The American Heart Association, a local charity, October Road, Inc., or a charity of your choice.


Date: 06/20/2020
Time: 3:00PM


Brevard Wesleyan Church


Date: 06/20/2020
Time: 1:00PM-2:30PM


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  1. Lucy Williams says

    May God bless and comfort family and loved ones and keep all those memories alive until you need again.

  2. Denna says

    To the Hale family;
    So sorry for you lose. My God keep in in the shelter of his arms through now and the days ahead . I pray that God give you all his peace & comfort to make it through . We love you Zach.
    Love & Hugs
    Denna & Cayley

  3. Pam Priess/Morrison says

    My cousin will be dearly missed and my heart goes out to you all! Sending my Praying and love for you all, may God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you all! Love Pam Priess/Morrison

  4. James B.,and Nina Morrison says

    Our hearts are saddened in the passing of my cousin. Our
    Prayers are with his daughter,sister,brother,all of the family..
    He was one of my favorite .We pray,that he is the arms of
    Our Lord and Savior. God Bless everyone…

  5. Shannda & Jackie Amburgey says

    You will be greatly missed my friend. Rest in Peace. We Love You!!