All of us at Hull Barrett, PC mourn the passing of our esteemed colleague, mentor, and friend, William Hale Barrett. Hale, as he was affectionately known, passed away on the 24th day of May at the age of 84.
Hale was a graduate of Richmond Academy, Washington & Lee University and the University of Georgia School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1955 he joined Hull Barrett, PC, the firm his grandfather founded in 1916.
Hale touched the lives of everyone who came into his path with his kind and gentle ways and with an understanding and unselfish concern for others. He was often admired for his modesty, his willingness to always lend a sympathetic ear to anyone in need of consolation or advice, and his keen sense of the law. He had a meticulous and cautious approach to certain areas of the law, particularly tax and corporate law, and was often consulted by junior and senior attorneys for his opinion, advice, and guidance. His extensive knowledge and experience lead him to be recognized in Best Lawyers in America in the field of corporate law for 15 consecutive years.
For 59 years at the firm, Hale represented numerous clients, including Castleberry’s Food Company, Chipman-Union, Inc., Merry Land & Investment Company, Morris Communications Company, LLC and Sea Pines Company. He was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and served as Chairman of the Committee which rewrote the Georgia Corporate Code. He was a member of the Augusta National Golf Club, and also was a member of numerous civic organizations and a veteran of the U. S. Army.
He is surely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing him.