Donald A. Hales, age 72, of New Smyrna Beach, died on August 5, 2021, at AdventHealth in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Born in El Paso, Texas, to William and Eudora Simpson Hales, Donnie was a life-long resident of New Smyrna Beach, moving here as a young child.
Survivors include his daughter, Heidi Hales-Walker (Allen) of New Smyrna Beach; 4 grandchildren, Brennon Don Hales (Jenna), Summer Hales, Cheyenne Henry (Drew), and Joseph Hales; 3 great-grandchildren, Logan and Kori Hales and Walker Henry; his sisters, Charlotte Hales, and Connie Yelvington; niece, Stacy Johnson (Greg); nephew, Joey Yelvington; and the mother of their children, Beverly Hales. Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, and his daughter, Dana Hales.
Donnie graduated from New Smyrna Beach High School in 1967 and attended Daytona Beach Junior College. A Lead Pad Mechanic at Kennedy Space Center for over 25 years, he was a member of Deeper Life Church, the Republican Club, and the Surfari Club. Donnie LOVED his family and friends, and enjoyed spending time at the tiki bar by the pool. He enjoyed riding his Harley, and swimming and surfing at the beach. Growing up, he loved spending summers at the family farm in Virginia, having fun with his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Donnie was a very generous person, always doing for others. Delivering food for the underprivileged every week was very important to him. He lit up the room with his charming personality and beautiful smile! He was one of a kind.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Settle-Wilder Funeral Home, 406 S. Orange Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL., with the Reverend Brian Walton, Deeper Life Church, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Cudas Unhooked at PO Box 394, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; or to New Smyrna Beach CAPS, PO Box 1808, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170.
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