Michael (Michael) Hale (R-SH40)

Capitol: 615.741.2901
FAX: 615.741.7770
District: 615.683.6790
Representative
Cordell Hull Building 425 Rep. John Lewis Way North
Nashville, TN 37243

District Office:
910 Magness Road
Smithville, TN 37166
Elected: 2022    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Tara   DOB: 7/17/1974
Counties Representing
De Kalb / Smith / Sumner / Trousdale

Bio

I am Michael Hale, Candidate for Tennessee State Representative 40th District. Born in Smithville July 17, 1974 and lived in the Gassaway Community of Cannon County and then we moved to Liberty when I was 9. I attended Short Mountain Elementary School through 3rd grade, then in 4th grade moved to DeKalb West Elementary where I attended through 8th grade. I moved to Smithville in 1995 and shortly afterwards married my wife of almost 26 years Tara Webb Hale. I have 3 children, Kayla (Chad) Harvey of Alexandria, Jaley and Maddox Hale; 3 adopted grandchildren Jack, Haddeigh Grace and Eli Harvey. My parents Vicky Dunn and Nelson Sandlin of Liberty and the late Charles "Spider" Hale. My grandparents were Edwin and Ruth Moss Dunn; James "Slim" and Evelyn Atnip Hale and Gene and Sadie Sandlin. I have one brother, John Sandlin of Liberty and 1 deceased brother, Chris Hale. As kids, we weren't a family that had very much in material things, but we learned to work to have things. We lived on a farm, having cattle, hay and raising tobacco. I remember as a kid getting up and bottle feeding calves before we would go to school and listening to the Martha White morning show on WSM Radio. From the age of 11, serving and helping people has been my heartbeat and passion. As a young kid at the age of 11, I began bagging groceries at Prichards in Alexandria and I will forever be grateful to the Prichard family for investing in me as a kid and giving me my first job. My brother, Chris and I also helped area farmers in hay and tobacco. From hauling hay for farmers like Hobert Cripps and Jack Pugh to helping Roscoe Frazier in tobacco, helping Mrs. Ruth Pugh in the milk barn, to helping our pastor at one time, Bro. Joe Elledge in cutting pig tails and cutting wood. The lessons of hard work were instilled in me by some of the greatest people I've ever known. When I was a little older, I would go to funerals with our pastor at that time, Bro. Chuck Olson. It was during that time that I began to want to work in a funeral home. When I was 14, I began working at Walker Funeral Home and served my apprenticeship while going to high school and working through the co-op program at school. Shortly after graduating DeKalb County High School, I received my Funeral Directors License. I then went to Gupton College in Nashville and received an Associates Degree and passed the State Exam and received my embalmers license. I have had the honor of serving families in DeKalb County and also in Smith county, having worked for several years at Bass Funeral Home. In 1998, myself and Shannon Cantrell had a vision and dream of building a funeral home to serve families in DeKalb county and surrounding communities, we opened in March 1999. Most of my life has been serving people. At the age of 12, while attending Sycamore Baptist Church the Lord called me into ministry. As a teen and young adult, I had the honor to preach at several churches in DeKalb and Cannon Counties. Shortly after Tara and I married in 1996, we were called to pastor our first church and we have served as pastor of 6 churches and been able to preach revivals and fill in at churches in DeKalb, Cannon, Smith, Jackson and Warren counties. We will forever be grateful for the opportunities that many pastors and churches have trusted us and allowed us to preach in their pulpits. Our family attends New Life United Pentecostal Church where we are involved with ministry, leadership and recently, I was voted to serve on the church board. We have been blessed to have a successful business in Smithville for the past 23 years of caring and serving people at the most difficult times of their lives. When we started DeKalb Funeral Chapel, we commited it to the Lord as a ministry and it is a ministry that the Lord has allowed us to serve of hundreds of families. We have a family farm of simmental cattle, where some of the most peaceful times are getting out on the ranger and petting the cows and feeding them. In 2008, I was diagnosed with Chronic GBS, we have had hospital stay from a week to 60 days, been airlifted, on a ventilator 4 times, inpatient and outpatient therapy, but through it all we have been blessed. As a dear friend and therapist, Casey Agee told me early on, "Don't focus on what you can't do, but focus on what you can do and do it well." Even though I am in a wheelchair, as I tell people almost every day, "Life is like playing a card game and you have to play the game with the hand you are dealt and not someone else's hand." Most of my life has been serving and caring for others, meeting with families at the most traumatic times of their lives and many times working with divided families with different wishes and bringing them together to bring honor to their loved one. I feel that with my experience of serving people, running a business, working with people from all walks of life and faiths, farming, work ethic and the love I have for the communities of the 40th district, I would be the best choice for voters in the August 4th Republican Primary. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Member of the NRA Member of the Tennessee Cattleman's Association Member of the American Simmental Association and Tennessee Simmental Association President of the DCHS Basketball Boosters Serve on the Smithville Housing Authority Board and currently the Chairman of the Board Member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors We have been involved with the Back to School Bash, giving out hundreds of backpacks Furnished flags for the Boy Scouts and help place them in local cemeteries on Memorial Day Member of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce Served on the Scholarship Committee for many years at DCHS awarding thousands of dollars in scholars Support our local police and sheriff departments, fire and emergency personnel Support our local schools