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Former Miss Marshall, husband to be parade grand marshals

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 10:59 PM

HUNTINGTON – Traveling down the Marshall University Homecoming Parade route will be a familiar feeling for this year’s parade grand marshals.

Jan Hale and her husband, Ben Hale, will serve as parade marshals for the 2013 parade, which will mark the 47th anniversary of Jan Hale being crowned Miss Marshall in 1966.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5, along 4th Avenue in front of the Cabell County Courthouse. The route will take the parade down 4th Avenue onto 12th Street, where it will turn onto 5th Avenue before traveling toward the Joan C. Edwards Stadium, where the Marshall University Thundering Herd will square off against the Roadrunners of the University of Texas at San Antonion in the afternoon.

Jan and Ben Hale were married in August 1967, less than one year after Jan was crowned Miss Marshall during a 35-15 loss to the University of Louisville. Ben had been her escort.

Then, she was Jan Jenkins, and she previously had been named “Dream Girl” by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, of which Ben Hale was a member.

Following graduation and their wedding, the couple moved to Columbus, Ohio, so Ben could attend law school at The Ohio State University Law School. After his graduation, he joined Smith and Hale LLC, where he currently is senior partner.

Both Hales grew up in Huntington. Ben graduated at the top of his class from Marshall with a B.B.A. in management, and he ran track, played football and was an active participant in Greek life as a member of PKA.  Jan graduated with a degree in art education.

They have two daughters and three grandsons, and they always are eager to stay connected to friends from Huntington and Marshall.

“We’re looking forward to reuniting with old friends and family members during the upcoming homecoming festivities,” Ben Hale said.

 For more information about the parade, visit www.marshall.edu/sga.

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