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IN TRIBUTE: Hands and Heart Above

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Brian Hale

Brian Hale

David Sellers

David Sellers

Greatness comes in different shades and sizes.
Once you encounter that special something, you realize it immediately. But you don’t truly appreciate that greatness until it is gone.
This past week Tipton County lost two wonderful Christian men, husbands, fathers and friends. My uncle David Sellers of Brighton died last Wednesday in a motorcycle accident.
Sunday evening my dear friend and role model Brian Hale passed away. Both men gone too soon.
I’m grateful I had them both in my life for a season. They have planted seeds in countless people through their generosity, hard work and loyalty.
On the surface my Uncle David and Mr. B appear to be opposite. One is a black man and the other white.
Once you put that aside the similarities are plentiful. Both came from nice-size families growing up.
Mr. B and Uncle David saw the world through their jobs taking care of their families. Mr. B married the beautiful Nina having two daughters Brandi and Kelsey.
Meanwhile my Uncle David found the love of his life in Aunt Mona. Their union produced my cousins Lisa and Ashley.
Both Uncle David and Mr. B packed a lot into their short time on this earth. Mr. B found time to keep score at Munford Volleyball games for several years. He was the best at helping to produce a world-class Senior Night at Lady Cougar Softball.
He kept his family together maintaining traditions. Mr. B had a passion for the communities he called home, Millington and Munford.
He was quick to pick up the phone and call me to share good news about athletes’ achievements on and off the court. I would hear, “Its Mr. Hale on the phone,” often to shine a spotlight on a church member, an unsung hero or a youth league coach.
Mr. B saw a lot of good in people because he was always helping others and giving of his time.
My Uncle David was cut from the same cloth. He was at his happiest on his boat on a lake or using his gift. A man with the most talented hands God ever given a man could build and create unbreakable magic.
I love watching my Aunt Mona share her vision for redecorating their Brighton home to her husband.  She always came up with little projects my Uncle was too happy to execute.
Between fixing, remodeling and building, my Uncle David took a moment to show me some of his trick shots in billiards, how to hit the triple 20-mark in darts and the proper way to weight lift.
I’m still amazed how he made time for me in his busy schedule. From his church family to friends in the community, my Uncle David was on everybody’s speed dial.
He didn’t take a penny for sharing the talents and skills God blessed him with. I never saw Mr. B take a dime for his hard work and tireless efforts to promote the children.
Thank you Aunt Mona, Lisa and Ashley for sharing Uncle David. Ms. Nina, Brandi and Kelsey you guys were also unselfish allowing us time with a wonderful man like Mr. B.
I guess greatness has to have room to grow. Greatness is a seed that has to be planted freely. Greatness lives forever because those seeds produce plants that keep growing and reseeding the earth.
I have comfort knowing two great men left their imprint on the world and me. Learning from Uncle David and Mr. B, I have a better blueprint to be a husband, father and most importantly… Christian.
Thank you God for giving me two great men to learn from. Love you Uncle David and Mr. B.

BRIAN PAUL HALE

Drummonds – Brian Paul Hale, 54, of Drummonds went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 2, 2015. He was a loving husband, father, and pawpaw. He touched the lives of many and never met a stranger. He was very patriotic, a huge UT fan, a dedicated coach, and was very involved in his church and community. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Hale, his sister, Rebecca Hale, his brothers, Robert Hale and William Hale, Sr., and his nephews, Ricky Hale, Bobby Hale, Andy Hale, and Joshua Hale. He is survived by his wife, Nina Hale, his daughters, Brandi (Ryan) DeVaughn and Kelsey Hale, and his granddaughter Paisley DeVaughn. He is also survived by his mother, Elizabeth Hale, two sisters, Barbara (Steve) Hale Brown and Beth (Andy) Hill, five brothers, Charles (Janice) Hale, Bruce (Tricia) Hale, David (Darla) Hale, Thomas (Carol) Hale, and Louis (Mary) Hale, 26 nieces and nephews, and 22 great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Munford Funeral Home, Millington Chapel. Service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Quito with burial in Quito Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 865 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021 or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Radiation Department, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065. Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel BrentwoodFuneralServices.com 901.873.0123

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