MT. JULIET – Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, December 1 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Haley, 60, of Mt. Juliet. A Bronze Star-winning helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and a former flight instructor at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, Chief Warrant Officer Haley died Nov. 26, 2009.
A graduate of Dickson High School and as former student at Austin Peay University, Mr. Haley was credited with saving numerous lives of fellow servicemen during by piloting AH-1G’s in and out of hostile and actively combative territories with the 175th Assault Helicopter Company also known as “The Outlaws”.
He served in the Tennessee Army National Guard and was a member of the Mt. Juliet Lodge 642 Free & Accepted Masons. Mr. Haley eventually earned a Master of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee. He served as a law enforcement officer in Dickson, to retiring from a Fortune 100 company as the executive human resource manager. He was a devoted member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.
Interment with military honors followed at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife Marilyn Colgate Haley of Mt. Juliet; and daughters Stephanie (Barry) Estes of Burns and Hollie Haley of Dickson.
Also surviving are brothers Tom (Gloria) Haley and Steve Haley of Dickson; grandchildren Emmy Lynn and Easton Estes of Burns; sister-in-law Billie (Chris) Flowers of Donelson; step-daughter Leah (Tim) Hedge of Tullahoma; step-grandchildren T.C., MaryCate and Jay Hedge, Kaitlyn Flowers, Rick and Nick Carter along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Haley, Sr. and Jewel Burns Haley and brother Larry Haley.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, 38105 or to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067.
The family wishes to sincerely express unequivocal gratitude to all friends, fellow servicemen and the members of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association for all the thoughts and prayers.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.