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Charles Hale Woods - 3/24/2010

Class of 1945

Charles Hale Woods passed away Wed, March 24, 2010 at Dixie Regional Medical Center. Hale was born Jan. 4, 1927 to Joseph Fredrick and Orpha Hardy Woods. He spent his years before high school in Clover Valley (Barclay), NV. He still calls Barclay home. He attended high school in Mesquite and graduated from Virgin Valley High School in 1945. He was drafted in the Army immediately upon graduating and served as a Military Police in Italy, Germany and the Swiss Alps during World War II.

Upon returning home to Mesquite, the cute little go getter that worked at Vonda's Cafe caught his eye and his heart. Hale and Vera Mae Lee were married on Nov. 15, 1947 and have shared over 62 years of married life together. They added a son, Val, and a daughter, Janice, to their family. Eventually their 7 jewels, or grand children, were added and they have since added 12-1/2 great grand children.

Hale worked at the US Lime Plant for 40 years, after a short retirement he became a crossing guard for the City of Mesquite for 11 years. This was his dream job. He loved the children and has become known as "Grandpa" to everyone who crossed his path.

Hale is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Hale is survived by his wife, Vera; Son Val (Carol) Woods; Daughter Janice Jones, all of Mesquite. He is survived by his grand children, John (Jennifer) Woods of Mesquite; Miles (Beth Ann) Woods of Tooele, UT; Krissy (Preston) Thornton of Mesquite; Jamie Jones and Staci Jones of Mesquite; Aaron (Crystal) Woods of Eagle Valley, UT and Kent (Lindy) Jones of St. George, UT. Great Grand Children Chase, Avery, Joshua, Layton, Burgundy, Brandon, Emerald, Aden, Riley, Emma, Jax and Stone with one due later this year. Brothers Cresent (Ellen) Woods of Mesquite; Lister (Janice) Woods of Beryl, UT; Russell (Avonell) Woods and Bruce (Louise) Woods of Las Vegas, NV; Sisters, Monta (Gary) Hafen and Orpha Beth (Tuffy) Ruth of Mesquite.
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