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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)    (Class of 1967)

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]

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]