Sam Graham


Sam Graham "S. G." Hale, Jr. of Norman passed away July 10, 2019 at the age of 88. S. G. lived all 88 years of his life in Norman. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 63 years, Elaine Fulton Hale; daughter Kimberlee (Keo) Hale Lynch and husband Michael Lynch; son, Gray Hale; daughter, Dana Hale McLean and husband Randy McLean; and daughter, Anja Hale. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren Halee Lynch, Clay Lynch, Dara McLean Korn, Mauri McLean and great-grandchild Carter Lynch. He is preceded in death by his father, Sam Graham Hale, his mother, Leota Hale and his sister, Phyllis Hale Logan.
S. G. grew up on North Flood Street, attended Washington Grade School and Norman Jr. High. He was a member of the Honor Guard and lettered in wrestling at Wentworth Military Academy in Missouri his Sophomore and Junior years in high school. He then returned to Norman and graduated from Norman High School. After high school, S. G. attended the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. College was interrupted by the Korean War. S. G. enlisted in the United States Navy in 1950 and served for four years. In 1953, S. G. fought in the Korean War on the Destroyer USS Shelton in Wansang Harbor, North Korea.
In 1954, S. G. returned to Norman to run Hale's Department Store. In June of 1955, S. G. met and fell in love with Elaine Fulton and married her August 8, 1955. S. G. then returned to his studies at OU graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. In 1955, S. G. opened Hale's Campus Shop on the campus corner of the University of Oklahoma. He later opened The Canterbury Shop in Oklahoma City. S. G. became an Allstate Insurance Senior Account Agent and retired after 28 years.
S. G. became a member of the First Baptist Church of Norman in 1940 and was recently recognized for having the longest membership at the church.
Celebration of Life Services for S. G. will be held 1:00PM, Saturday, July 13, First Baptist Church, 211 W. Comanche St., Norman. Memorial donations for S. G. may be made in honor of his special relationship with his daughter, Anja Hale. Donations: online at; mail to SAARC, 300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006; or by phone 602.606.9881 and ask for Natalie Jasso.
S. G. and his family were entrusted to the care of Tribute Memorial Care of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at (405.292.4787).
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Published on July 11, 2019
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4 posts

Lisa Coleman Schlueter
Jul 13, 2019
SG was such a kind and special man. He was my dad's best friend. The stories those two would tell about their high school and college days would just make all those listening just shake their heads over the ecapades those two did along with their other buddies. He was such a wonderful friend to our family. He helped run my sister's Allstate office when she became sick. He had already retired and yet did such a selfless act of her behalf. I loved the relationship he had with Anja. Those two had such a sweet and special bond. SG will be sorely missed by me and the rest of the Coleman family. Much love to Elaine, Keo, Dana, Gray, and Anja during this difficult transition. We wish you all the and support during this difficult time,Read more
Thomas Hill
Jul 12, 2019
Rest in Peace Old Boy (Wentworth)
Rex Suba-Anderson
Jul 11, 2019
Anja, Gray, Keo, Dana and Elaine - please accept our condolences on your dear father's and husband's passing. Our thoughts are with you during this time.
Angela Barbour
Jul 11, 2019