When you are faced with the loss of a loved one, it is most important that you choose the right funeral home. Hale Funeral Home has ninety-eight years of professional experience in funeral service. That's over three generations of the same family serving the Tidewater community with distinction and dignity. We offer a variety of affordable options, including pre-need and at-need services, cremation services, transportation, and other valuable services. We also offer video tributes, programs and floral services in order to make the arrangement sessions more time effective. Please allow our staff to serve in your time of need. We have recently added Wi-Fi capabilities to allow families access to their email accounts and/or other informative web-based sites in one-stop. Please feel free to contact us at: 757-622-2321 You are encouraged to visit us at: 2100 Ballentine Blvd. Norfolk, Virginia 23504 Also, you can add us as a friend at:www.myspace.com/halefuneralhome and Hale's Facebook group and page @ www.facebook.comHale Funeral Home Family First Generation John Howard Hale The Hale Funeral Home, a family-owned business, was founded in 1912 by John Howard Hale. Mr. Hale was born in 1881 in Driver, Va. His great-grandfather, John Bowser, fought as a free man of color against the British in the American Revolutionary War. John Howard Hale received his Virginia Embalming License on June 21, 1919, and was the sole manager of Hale Funeral Home. He served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Morticians Association, and was a deacon for many years at First Baptist Church, Bute Street in Norfolk. THE NEW GENERATION Howard H. Thornton and Chris Wilson After Mr. Franklin W. Thornton, Jr.'s passing in January of 2009, a new era began which is currently striving forward. Franklin's brother, Howard Hale Thornton, became president while Franklin's protege, Christopher Wilson was presented as manager in March 2009. Howard and Christopher are currently continuing Hale's distinctive touch in funeral service while incorporating a new age tailored to meet the needs of our families. Most of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to plan their own arrangements. With our Basic Planner, you can take your time to consider the basic services and products which best suit your preferences and budget. Explore different options until you find those that are right for you.This is a FREE service with NO OBLIGATION, designed specifically to provide you with an alternative way to plan arrangements.