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Classmate Obituaries - Letter H

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Hanley, Robert Lindsey "Bob"

Mr. Robert L. "Bob" Hanley, age 62, of Benton died Thursday March 24, 2011. He was born April 18, 1948, in Benton. Robert retired after 35 years with Air Products and Chemicals as an account manager He was a member of the Blue Rock Gun Club, the Ten Mile Hunting Club, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Helen Hanley, son, Bart Hanley.
Survivors, wife, Pam Holicer Hanley, Benton; daughter, Elizabeth Hanley, Benton; sister, Debra Newcomb and her husband David, Benton; grandchildren, Holden Hanley, Janna Hanley, and Jake Hanley.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at New Rosemont Cemetery. Minister will be Dr. Rick Grant.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Ashby's.
Memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospice, Bryant Arkansas.   [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary[    [Benton Class of 1967]

Harrington, Oscar Brewster

Dr. Oscar Brewster Harrington, 86, died peacefully at home surrounded by loving family on July 17, 2013. Born August 6, 1926, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Ophelia Brewster and Leroy John Harrington.
Dr. Harrington leaves behind his bride of 62 years, Barbara, three sons, Brewster (Connie), David and Clayton (Bisha) and their families of eight grandchildren – Grace (Matt), Josh (Amanda) and Eli (Meghan); Hunter and Savannah; and Jake (Ella), Lauren, Austin (deceased) and Caleb; and six great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a brother, Leroy (El Paso), and sister, Nancy Currey (Dallas), many loving nieces, a nephew and a legacy of relationships from different generations and different walks of life - he will be greatly missed.
Dr. Harrington served in the US Navy after graduating from Benton (Arkansas) High School. He went to the University of Arkansas and studied medicine and graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School where he met and married his bride Barbara Brothers of Little Rock. He was in family practice in Palestine, Texas, prior to moving to Houston to study General and Thoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine from 1959 - 1964. He was certified with the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In 2006 he was awarded the Tennessee Outstanding Physician for his leadership and "tremendous contributions" in the field of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for over 50 years; his accomplishments included being a clinical assistant professor and instructor in Thoracic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and memberships in American Medical Association, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and the Michael DeBakey International Cardiovascular Society. He was also a past president of the Southern Thoracic Surgery Association, the Southern Surgical Society, and the Memphis Heart Association. He also was the Methodist Hospital Foundations Living Award recipient in 1992. Among other accomplishment Dr. Harrington performed the first heart transplant at Methodist Hospital and practiced and grew the Heart Institute at Methodist University Hospital for over 40 years. All of those career milestones led to the honor of Methodist University Hospital naming the O. Brewster Harrington Cardiac Clinical Care Unit after him in February 2012.
Dr. Harrington was a sportsman enjoying hunting, fishing and canoeing and lived what he preached by keeping active through swimming and golf. He was a past City Champion in handball and over the years loved basketball, football and tennis. A memorial service will be held on Monday July 22, 2013, at 2:00 at Christ United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Maxie Dunham presiding. Visitation will follow at Christ United Methodist.
Memorial contributions may be given to the glory of God to the Methodist Hospital Foundation, the Church Health Center, Christ United Methodist Church or to the ministry of your choice.    [from Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery online obituary]    [Benton Class of 1944]

Harris, Donnie Lee

Donnie Lee Harris Sr. was born May 5, 1948, in Hot Springs. He and Marshalene Hart married January 20, 1967. They are the parents of two children Donnie Lee Harris Jr. and Melisa Dawn Harris Frick.
Donnie died July 21, 1974, of Acute Myelocytic Leukemia at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. His death came almost four years from the date of his diagnosis.
At the time that he was diagnosed, his wife, Marsha, had been hospitalized for premature labor (at eight months) and had just been released from the hospital. She was staying with her parents at the time she was contacted by Donnie's doctor and found out the probable diagnosis. Donnie was diagnosed by his long-time family physician, Dr. Cecil Parkerson. He went to the doctor because of "regular headaches" and “paleness.” After doing a couple of tests, Dr. Parkerson referred him to UAMS in Little Rock for a more thorough "work up"; however, he had already tentatively diagnosed the leukemia.
Donnie went through several remissions during the four years of his illness. He became well known in Hot Springs. There were several articles about him in the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record newspaper during the time. He was also featured on a Little Rock television program. Though he was not able to be employed because of his illness, he nevertheless stayed busy. During his illness, he was instrumental in setting up the first National Junior Cancer Society at Hot Springs High School. He was also active in the Hot Springs Jaycee Civic Club. As sponsors of the annual Hot Springs Christmas Parade, the Jaycees named an award given each year for him. "The Donnie Harris Memorial Trophy" was awarded for a number of years to the float which best represented what Christmas meant to a child.   [Written by Marshalene (Hart) Harris Edwards]    [Hot Springs Class of 1967]

Hockersmith, Joe David

Joe David Hockersmith Sr., 53, of Benton died Wednesday, April 21, 2004.
He was born August 23, 1950, in Saline County.
Survivors include his parents, T. L. Jr. and Clara Hockersmith; a son, Joe Hockersmith Jr. and wife Michelle; a brother, Tip Hockersmith; two sisters, Mary Williams and GeorgeAnn Brown; two grandchildren, Angel Hockersmith and Joe Hockersmith III.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashby Funeral Home, with Dr. Rick Grant officiating.  [from the Benton Courier, date unknown]  [Benton Class of 1969]

Hopper, Howard J.

Howard J. Hopper, aged 34, of Benton died Friday.
He was a special education instructor for the Civitan Center in Benton.
Survivors include his wife, Jody Lynn Cogbill Hopper; a stepdaughter, Denise Hopper of Benton; his mother, Mildred Hopper of Houston, Texas; and a sister, Phyllis Hastings of Claremore, Oklahoma.
Funeral was to be at 11 a.m. today at Ballards Funeral Home. Burial was to be at New Rosemont Cemetery.
The family asks that any memorials be made to the Civitan Center.    [from the Benton Courier, Monday, March 12, 1984, page 11]    [Benton Class of 1967]

Hutzel, Homer, III

Homer Hutzel, III, 66, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2014, at Natchez Trace Funeral Chapel in Madison with interment in Natchez Trace Memorial Park. Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Natchez Trace Funeral Home.
Mr. Hutzel was a native of Hot Springs and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was the owner of Homer's Bar-B-Q and was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Ann Looney Hutzel; daughters, Michelle Hutzel Berryhill and Whitney Hutzel; sons, Jon Hutzel (Melinda) and Jon Edward Scott; mother, Virginia Irene Hutzel; brother, Mike Hutzel (Kim); nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to: American Heart Association, Madison Church of Christ or Lake Harbor Drive Church of Christ.    [from the Sentinel-Record, February 16, 2014, page 9A]    [Hot Springs Class of 1966]