Fred C. Hale, son of the late Aubrey and Rebecca Charles Hale is married to Sandra Rieder Hale. They have two children, Ben C. Hale and Elizabeth Myers, and two grandchildren, Jay and Clinton Myers.
Fred’s first experience with football was at Shook Elementary School where he played for the
Shook School Midgets for two years. During his freshman year at Grundy County High School, he lettered as a guard and a linebacker. By his sophomore year, he was a first-string guard. His senior year, he played center and his teammates selected him as captain. Throughout his high school football career, he received notable recognition and awards.
Upon high school graduation in 1960, Hale was awarded a full scholarship to play football at Tennessee Technological University. During his first year of action at Tennessee Tech, his superior performance earned him a starting position as linebacker on a team which won the Ohio Valley Conference that year.
After his time in Cookeville, he returned to Grundy County with his wife Sandra and worked as a lineman for Sequachee Valley Electric and taught the first metalworking class at Grundy County High School. After this, he had a long career with Tennessee Consolidated Coal Company where he managed the preparation and shipping operation.
Over the years, Hale has given his time and talents in many ways to the community as a founding member and leader of the Grundy County Rescue Squad, the builder of countless elaborate Fourth of July floats, a founder and leader of Tracy City’s Mountaineer Days Celebrations, and helper on many other projects, such as the Toys for Tots at Christmas. But his favorite volunteer work came when he had the opportunity to share his knowledge and love of football as a coach of a South Grundy Bulldog team, which was invited to play for a postseason championship.
Hale developed many hobbies which demonstrated the competitive spirit and discipline he learned from football. A lifelong woodsman, he taught himself mountaineering long before it was so popular, and his love of four wheeling inspired him to race jeeps as far away as Ohio and win many big races. He became a very accomplished blacksmith, knife maker, and metal artist.
As Hale looks back on his interesting life, he recognizes that athletics make a significant and lasting contribution to the development of character, good health, vitality, sportsmanship, and leadership.
Congratulations to Freddie Hale, a 2016 member of the GCHS Sports Hall of Fame.