He was born in Turtletown on April 6, 1937, a son of the late Clyde Thomas and Bonnie Dale.
He was of the Seventh-day Adventist faith. He has made Cleveland his home for the past 31-plus years after relocating from McMinn County.
He was retired from the United States Navy, had served at the chief of police for Englewood and also as a deputy sheriff in McMinn County.
He and his wife, Peggy, owned and operated Yesterday's Treasures and also A1 Treasures locally. B.J. loved antiques and dealing in them. He made many friends doing so due to the fact he never met a stranger. Above all, B.J. will be remembered for being a loving husband, father and grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Carol Dale.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of 31-plus years, Peggy Shaw Dale; four sons: Brian Dale and Tommy Dale, both of Athens, and Gary Shaw and Tim Shaw, both of Cleveland; two grandchildren: Taliyah Shaw and Ernie Shaw; and two sisters: Annette Miller (Wayne) of South Carolina and Hedy Nance of Cleveland; and numerous extended family members and a host of special friends.
The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, from 11 to 2 p.m. at the Ladd Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 5860 Bates Pike S.E. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m.
Entombment will follow in the mausoleum of Hillcrest Memorial Gardens and will conclude with full military honors. Pallbearers will be his fellow law enforcement officers he served with.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donation be made in B.J.'s memory to either the American Cancer Society or the National Kidney Foundation.
You are encouraged to share a memory of B.J., and/or your personal condolences, with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Dale family with these arrangements.