Christopher Selwyn Hale, 45, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2017.
He was born April 15, 1972 in Washington, D.C. to Bernard W. Hale and Joan Urband Hale and raised in Berea, Kentucky. He attended Brooks School in N. Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from Berea Community School and then attended Berea College. He was raised in the Catholic faith.
He is survived by his parents Bernard W. Hale, Beckley, WV; Joan Urband Hale of Louisville, Ky and brothers Matthew Hale (formerly of Beckley), and Augustine Hale, of Louisville, uncle Kevin B.Hale, Wood Dale Il. and Kustan family in Florida.
He was recently employed by the Beckley Newspapers. He was the Founder and Chair of Friends of Water, current Chair of the Environmental Committee and Board Member, Executive Committee for The Sierra Club of West Virginia, served as first Chair of the Mountain Party Environmental Justice Committee, worked with Citizens Climate Control and West Virginia Minerals Coalition and was a volunteer group leader for Citizens Climate Lobby for Southern West Virginia and has done work that has positively affected the lives of thousands through the social media-based group he founded which has encouraged citizen action in the area of public health.
He was a talented musician and had performed in Kentucky, Nashville, Louisville, St. Augustine, Savannah, Atlanta and other cities. He had previously worked in the hotel management business, in coal mine security and white water rafting related business. The response of so many people to his family is a testament to the public advocacy work in which he was involved.
A Memorial Mass was held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Very Rev. Paul Wharton, V.F. officiating. Among those who attended were former Executive Chairs of the Mountain Party Charlotte Pritt and Elyse Keaton, along with current Executive Chair Jesse Johnson and his mother Fannie Elmore.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be sent to the Chris Hale Memorial Fund c/o Calfee Funeral Home, 800 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801.
The State Executive Committee for the West Virginia Mountain Party offers its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chris Hale. May God give him eternal rest and his family the strength to bear the great pain.
Additional online condolences may be left for the family at www.calfeefh.com.