Albert Hale Hooper

Born in Nashville, TN on January 29, 1933

Departed on January 1, 2021 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Albert Hale Hooper, Jr. (Hale) passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day, 2021. He was 87 years of age. Hale was one of the kindest, nicest, most honorable men anyone ever knew. Hale never met a stranger. He was blessed with many devoted friends throughout his life. Hale was a true gentleman.
A native Nashvillian, Hale attended West High School, where he was a star athlete, both in baseball and football. After serving 2 years of duty in the US Army during the Korean War, Hale played 4 years of baseball at Vanderbilt, where he was a starting pitcher and second baseman. As a pitcher, Hale threw a mean curveball and a wicked knuckleball. At the plate, Hale was the leadoff hitter for Vanderbilt. He had a tendency to squat down low to minimize the strike zone. Hence, he was nicknamed “Squatlow” by his teammates, and he retained that nickname among his buddies throughout his life. Hale loved to regale others with stories from his glory years at Vandy, playing alongside his lifelong friends Charlie Hawkins, Jimmy Miller & many others. He was a proud member of Kappa Sigma fraternity at Vanderbilt, where he made many enduring friendships. Hale was an avid, impassioned Vanderbilt sports fan and supporter his entire life. Hale was a Vandy man if there ever was one.
After graduating from Vanderbilt with an economics degree and later obtaining his law degree from Nashville School of Law, Hale began his career as an executive at Genesco, where he worked for 10 years. In 1965, he left Genesco and founded Fridrich & Hooper Realty with his good friend, Jerry Fridrich. As President of the real estate group, Hale assembled a dedicated team of top realtors, soon becoming the leading real estate firm in Nashville. As the firm’s top producer, Hale quickly earned a reputation for his honesty and passion for his clients and for his kindness and support for his agents. In 1986, he left Fridrich & Hooper for a new challenge, heading the real estate group at Town & Country Realty, where he quickly transformed the company into a market leader. Later in his career, he worked as a senior loan officer at PNC Bank and at Regions Bank.
In 1961, Hale met the love of his life, Nancy Carolyn Cole, at a baseball game. It was fate, and it was true love. Hale and Nancy were happily married for more than 59 years, raising two loving sons, Hale and Steven. A gifted athlete, Hale passed his passion for sports on to his boys and was often their coach and always their biggest fan, never missing a game in which they played. He was so proud of his boys.
Hale’s dedication to his family was paramount, and he beamed no brighter than when he talked about his boys or his dear grandchildren. Their success was his success, and his supreme joy.
Hale was a lifelong member at Hillwood Country Club, serving as President in 1976. An avid tennis player and golfer, Hale spent countless afternoons at Hillwood with his golf buddies and his sons, where his affable smile and kind demeanor were known to all.
Hale was a deeply devoted, Christian man. He was an active member of Belle Meade Methodist Church and, later in life, at Woodmont Christian Church, where he practiced his faith until his death.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Hale Hooper, Sr., his mother Evelyn Wood Hooper, and his brother Charles Walter Hooper. He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy, his sons Hale (Tina) and Steven (Laurie), his sister Carole Hooper Francis, and 6 grandchildren: Everett, Anna, Lela, Cole, Katie & Griffin.
The family will have a private service at Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville, TN. The family will also hold a memorial service for friends and family at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215. “”

8 Comments to Jr. Albert Hale Hooper

  1. Maggie Mefford
    January 6, 2021 12:36 pm

    Thinking of you all, Nancy.

  2. William E “Buddy” Stack, Jr.
    January 7, 2021 1:56 pm

    Nancy, Hale and Steve,
    I remember Hale as a great friend, neighbor, fraternity brother and devoted Christian father to a very special family. Hale always had a smile on his face. He definitively will be missed by all and our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. My his soul Rest In Peace.
    Buddy, Margo, Dabney, Will and Rob.

  3. David Barry
    January 7, 2021 2:14 pm

    Oh what a truly pleasant man. Hale was always a breath of fresh air and a pleasure to work with. Prayers to Nancy and his family.

  4. nancy schultz
    January 7, 2021 5:06 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Hale was a wonderful man. I loved reading about him and agree with all your thoughts on his personality and demeanor. Hale took care of our house mortgage and was the best to work with. We enjoyed hearing his stories as we worked together. He lives on in all his family. Sending prayers and thoughts. Nancy and Walter Schultz

  5. Robert Notestine
    January 7, 2021 11:42 pm

    I have known Hale for at least 38 years . He was a true genetlemen, He will be missed by all who knew him

  6. Anne and Joe
    January 10, 2021 5:24 pm

    Nancy, Hale,Jr and Steve
    Miss Anne and I are very sorry to hear Of Hale’s death . We had talked just a few days before.
    I will miss our many golf trips and the good times we had.
    We will remember you all in our Prayers.

  7. Charles L. Miller
    January 11, 2021 4:30 pm

    I am sorry to learn of Hale’s passing. As a teacher at Ensworth from 1978- 88, it was my privilege to have taught son Steven who also played on the basketball team I coached. Steven was a good student and, like his dad, a good athlete and just an all around good guy. I knew Hale and Nancy as wonderful, supportive parents. My condolences to Nancy, Hale, and Steven and the rest of the family. Lane Miller

  8. mia figlio miller
    January 13, 2021 5:54 pm

    Dear Steven and family,
    To my surprise, I found your father’s guestbook while looking up my father’s guestbook.
    Such an unfortunate coincidence, my dear old friend!
    Please accept my deepest sympathy at your father’s passing.
    I, too, know the loss you are experiencing – it just doesn’t seem real – what a way to start the new year.
    Know that I am sending comfort, peace and so very much love to you today and in the days to come.
    We were blessed to have amazing fathers who loved us unconditionally!
    Keep me and my family in your prayers, as I will be lifting you and yours in mine.
    I love you forever and always!

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