57 year old J.B. Hale of Alexandria died Wednesday at his residence. He was a DeKalb County native and a retired employee of Vought Aerostructures. Hale was also a member of the Friendship The Baptist Church at Rock Island, a graduate of Watertown High School, and he attended Cumberland University. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran. The funeral will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Roger Grisham and Steve Breedlove will officiate and burial will be in the Jones Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and prior to the service on Thursday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brown and Christine Murphy Hale. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Hale; a son, Chad and his wife Melissa Hale and their two children of Smithville; a daughter, Amanda and her husband Kevin Grisham and their son of Lebanon; and two children, Stephanie Coffee and Aaron Hale by a previous marriage. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.