Clarence Edward Hales, Jr.

September 22, 1944 - September 15, 2021
Clarence Edward Hales, Jr.


Clarence Edward Hales Jr, 76, of Wilmington, NC beloved husband, father, son and friend to all passed away on Wednesday September 15, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Clarence will always be remembered for living his life in the service of others. He was always there to provide a meal to those in need or give a friend the shirt off his back. He certainly defined the term “God’s work, our hands”.

Clarence was born September 22, 1944 in Ocala, FL to Clarence Sr. and Sybil Louise Griffin Hales who proceeded him in death. He moved to Wilmington, NC at a very young age. After graduating from New Hanover High School in 1962 he moved to Louisville, KY and earned a Mortuary Science Degree from Louisville School of Mortuary Science. He went on to have a career in the funeral business and spent 40 years at Andrews Mortuary before opening Village Road Memorial Chapel in 2007.

He was a life-long active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. There he spent most of his time planning fellowship events, serving bereavement meals to grieving families, decorating the church for most every holiday and served on Church Council in various roles throughout his life. He was also a member of the Army Reserve, Exchange Club, Lions Club and a number of other charitable organizations. He served on the Board of Directors for The Feast of Wilmington and spent countless hours of his retirement serving meals, hot showers, clothing and fellowship to those in need.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Melinda Holladay Hales and their sons, Eddie Hales and wife Veronica of Wilmington and Jeff Hales and wife Natalie of Las Vegas, NV and grandchildren Griffin and Finley Hales of Wilmington.

A graveside Funeral Service will be conducted 2:00 PM Monday September 27, 2021 at Oakdale Cemetery.

The family will see friends Sunday September 26, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

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  • September 23, 2021
    Roger Brown says:
    RIP Clarence, may our God be with your family. I have known him and his parents since they were living on Wrightsville Avenue in the Sea Gate, and also while he was working at Andrews Funeral Home. My prayers will be with your family.

  • September 28, 2021
    Michael McConnell says:
    Rest in peace my friend.

  • September 28, 2021
    Margaret & Jack Baily says:
    Clarence was one of the most giving persons we have ever met, not only to many individuals but also to his church. God bless his soul.

  • September 27, 2021
    Douglas Russell says:
    I'm so sorry for your loss. He meant so much to anyone he met. The loss is felt by all of us; he was a dear friend and enjoyed our conversation. Deepest condolences God bless, Douglas

  • September 26, 2021
    Mary Sanderson Porter says:
    Clarence was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and caring people I have ever known. He married my sweet cousin Melinda and what a wonderful couple (and family) they made! In addition to the outstanding things noted in his obituary; I would like to add how Clarence personally stepped in (even after his retirement) and helped my family with "details" after the deaths of our dad and mom and my sister's husband Jim. He went well beyond anything we could've asked for. Things we didn't even think of. That was just Clarence! We will miss him. But we will never ever forget him. Such kindness in one man...... indeed.