The World Methodist Council is grieved to announce that Dr. Joseph Rice Hale, who was the General Secretary of the World Methodist Council for 25 years, died today, 14 November, 2016. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, 17 November, at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, North Carolina. Current World Methodist Council General Secretary, Rev. Ivan Abrahams, will bring the eulogy, and Rev. Sandy Giles will officiate at the service. Dr. Hale leaves behind his wife, Mary Hale, resident of Silver Bluff Village in Canton, N.C., and his son, Jeffrey Hale, a resident of
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