Jimmy Neil Hale (Jimbo) was born Aug. 18, 1941 in Denver, Tenn. He and his family moved to the Berclair area of Memphis when he was 12 years old. He attended Kingsbury High School and began his music career playing the upright bass in a trio with Roy Cash (Johnny’s nephew).
He maintained a job as a welder for many years but always kept close to music, playing in bands like the Solotones, Cloudy, Borderline and for over 20 years with Bill Black’s Combo. He carried his love of the music business into his career as a teacher at Kingsbury Vocational School where he taught audio engineering for 26 years.
In 2005, he retired and moved to Sugar Tree, Tenn. near the Tennessee River. There he was active in the volunteer fire department and continued playing music at First Baptist Church and other local music venues. He was inducted to the Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame in 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Hale of Sugar Tree; niece, Lisa Purifoy (Mike) of Arlington; and nephew, Don (Carmen) of Southaven, Miss.
Jimbo was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mildred Mae and Olna Buff Hale; and son, Timothy Neil Hale.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, officiated by Pastor Kevin Bromley.