Rev. Broadus Hale, a missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Bible teacher and author, died May 31 at the age of 91. His wife, Margaret, who served alongside her husband, fulfilling her own call to missions, died July 4 at the age of 84. A joint memorial service was held on July 19 at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, Albuquerque, with burial at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
Rev. Hale was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and as a child lived in various places throughout West Texas and northeastern New Mexico. He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1945. Mrs. Hale was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she lived until her family moved to Albuquerque. She graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1953 and then attended Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. The couple met and married at Highland Baptist Church, Albuquerque. They were married almost 63 years.
Rev. Hale enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in early 1946 and was discharged in 1949. He was a pioneer in the radar aviation field. He enlisted in the New Mexico National Guard in 1950 and was called to duty that same year for the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1954, received his BA from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1957 and completed his Doctor of Theology degree in 1963.
After pastoring two churches in Alabama, Rev. Hale pastored First Baptist Church, Aztec, from 1964-1967. In 1967, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Foreign Mission Board appointed the Hales to serve as missionaries in the South Brazil Seminary, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While in Rio de Janeiro, Rev. Hale also pastored the International Baptist Church. Mrs. Hale served as acting treasurer of the South Brazil missionaries and taught secretarial skills at the Baptist Women’s College.
In 1985, Rev. Hale temporarily served in the seminary in Gweru, Zimbabwe, Africa, for Portuguese speaking students. Afterward, the Hales returned to Rio de Janeiro where they served until 1988 when Rev. Hale became professor of Greek and New Testament for the newly formed Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. Mrs. Hale again served as treasurer to the missionaries of Canada. In 1996, the Hales retired from the International Mission Board, having served 29 years.
Upon retirement, the Hales returned to Albuquerque, teaching countless Bible studies, filling in as interim pastor at First Baptist Church, Aztec, and being active members of Eastern Hills Baptist Church. During this time, Mrs. Hale served four terms as president of New Mexico WMU. In 1998, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico appointed her as its missions growth consultant. In 2014, upon Margaret’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, the couple moved to the Baptist Retirement Village in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Broadus was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Floyd Patrick Hale, Jr. and Arbel Hue Hale; and one sister, Mona Lynn Regan. He is survived by one sister, Betty, of Colorado, and one brother, William “Bill,” of California.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, William “Bill” Owens and Edward “Eddie” Owens. She is survived by her one sister, Elizabeth Walker (Jerry) of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Hales are also survived by their two daughters, Sally Lawrence, Moore, Oklahoma, and Beth Hulgan of Richardson, Texas; their five grandchildren: Andrew Lawrence, Boston, Massachusetts; Callie Lawrence Painter (Carson), The Woodlands, Texas; Austin Hulgan, San Diego, California; Casey Lawrence (Myrissa), Farmers Branch, Texas; and Sidney Hulgan, Seattle, Washington. The couple are also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23230 or online at www.imb.org/give.