Betty Jean Callaway Hargis
Funeral Date: 3/23/2011

Obituary:
Betty Jean Callaway Hargis, age 87, of Warren, AR., passed into the presence of the Lord on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace Callaway and Cora Callaway, and brothers, Wallace Callaway, Jr and James Callaway. Betty is survived by her devoted husband William “Bill” Hargis, Jr of Warren; sister Irene Harrower of Atlanta, Georgia; son William Hargis, III and wife Laurel of Katy, Texas; daughter Carol Isom and husband Gary of Little Rock; and daughter Gretchen Peacock and husband Gary of Sharpsburg, Georgia. Additionally, she is survived by two granddaughters, Christa Gibson and Erin Huff; four grandsons, Matthew Twyford and Caleb, Joshua and Benjamin Peacock; and a number of nieces and nephews. Betty was born in Glenwood on January 22, 1924. She grew up in Murfeesboro in a devoutly Methodist household. The strong faith of her childhood continued to strengthen her throughout her life, especially as she cared for her parents in their final years and for her two brothers, whose health was compromised at an early age. The first and only love of Betty’s life was Bill Hargis. The couple married on September 21, 1943, shortly before Bill’s World War II deployment, where he was wounded in the Normandy invasion. After Bill’s return from the war, the couple set up their home in Warren, where they lived for 67 years. The two were devoted members of Warren’s First Baptist Church. Betty was celebrated throughout her life as a stunning classic beauty, but her inner grace far exceeded her physical charms. She was a compassionate and wise woman; a loyal daughter, mother, sister and grandmother with an infectious laugh that cheered those around her. In her last years, though her health was poor, friends and caregivers were still drawn to Betty’s sweet spirit. She was adored by many, but none more than her husband, Bill, who loves to talk of how he met the most beautiful girl at Henderson College and of all of their happy years spent as one. Their life together is the stuff of which novels are written. As this chapter ends in Betty’s life, their love story continues. Though Bill and Betty could never imagine their lives without one another, in the end, whether or not they leave this world together is not nearly as important as the fact that they lived as loving partners, and shining examples of grace and devotion. Betty’s legacy of love means that her story really will have no end. She will be loved and greatly missed by all who knew her. A Little Rock memorial service was held Wednesday March 23, at 10:00 a.m at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church with Dr. Jeff Hamoton, Dr.. Glenn H. Morgan and Rev. Lynn W. Lindsey officiating. Organist were James Maase, Trevin Young and James Maase sang. Graveside services were in Oakland Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Jeremy Huff, Matthew Twyford, Caleb Peacock, Joshua Peacock, Benjamin Peacock, Gary Isom and Gary Peacock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, 72116 and Alzheimer’s Association- Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter, 6465 South Yale Avenue, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74136-7810.

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Name: Robert & Laverne Laster
Message: Bill,Just want you to know,You are in our Prayers and Thoughts at this sad time..

Name: Ken & Lula Ellis
Message: Mr. Bill and family, we are so sorry for the passing of Mrs. Betty. She was a great neighbor and friend, a beautiful lady in eveery sense of the word. Heaven has another beautiful angel to sing in it's chior!! Missed by all.

Name: Charles Landers
Message: My prayers are with you all.

Name: Ricky Green
Message: My thoughts and prayers for strength and comfort are with you all.

Name: Jimmy&Fran Reep
Message: You all are in our thoughs and prayers.

Name: Jim Gardner
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Name: Sandra & Tommy Toole
Message: Our Prayers are with you all. She was a lovely lady.

Name: David and Pam Reaves
Message: Our prayers are with all of you. We have lost a beautiful Christian lady.

Name: Shirley Clanton
Message: One bright spot of the world was dimmed on Sunday with the passing of Betty Hargis. But now she is in Heaven being lavished with love. My sincere condolence to all her loving family. you all were truly blessed to have such a woman as a model in your life. With heartfelt sincerity, Shirley R. Clanton

Name: Jerry & Jackie Johnson
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Name: annette williams
Message: My condolences to Carol and her family.Your mother was a true southern lady, kind and gracious to all she met. My prayers are with you at this time.

Name: David(K.C.) & Tina McClain
Message: We're so sorry for the loss of Ms. Betty. May God help you get through this hard and painful time. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Kip Reep
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Name: Felton,Preston,Johnnie Angle,Levie Angle Parker
Message: So sorry to learn that Ms Betty had passed. Will keep each of you in our thoughts and prayers. I know we as well as half or all of Warren at sometime has bought a car from Mr Bill. Ms Betty will be missed by all who knew her.

Name: Ginger Tarver Poole Johnson
Message: Carol and Gretchen - What a wonderful example your mom was for all. Blessings to your dad and family. I know you will miss her - but only a little while until we all get to join her! Gretchen - I still remember how I used to move your seat up next to mine - to keep you from talking too much. I named my own daughter Gretchen because I remembered how sweet and kind you always were to everyone. Love to you all. Ginger Johnson

Name: Dawn Dobson
Message: Mr. Bill, Carol, Gretchen and Hargis Family, I am sorry to hear of your Mother's and Mr. Bill your beloved and dear wife's passing. May God bless you during this time. I will always remember the good visits we had together we had many years ago.

Name: Floyd Jr. and Norma Johnston
Message: Soo sorry to hear about Mrs Betty, she was such a sweet lady.

Name: Maylon Rice
Message: To the Hargis family: A sweet lady was welcomed into Heaven. She was a fine lady and a friend to all of Warren. You all are in my prayers.

Name: John Callaway
Message: She was a sweetheart and I'm kicking my own butt because I knew her health had been failing for some time and I told myself on several occasions that I needed to hop in my old truck and drive to Warren for one last visit. Of course I never did and there was absolutely no excuse for not having done so. I guess a deep seated fear that she wouldn't know or recognize me was my rationale for not going and I wanted to remember her as the prettiest, wittiest, and most charming lady I have ever known. Case now closed!! I'll miss her dearly but I'm not overly distraught in her passing because I know she is elated about the future she'll be sharing with her heavenly father for eternity. I hope the good Lord appreciates her sense of humor and infectious laughter as much as I did !! I love you Betty Jean Callaway Hargis !! Save me a seat if you don't mind. Cuz Johnny Labuan, Malaysia

Name: Martha Carothers
Message: Carol, I am so sorry for your loss and pray for God to comfort you & your family. As you learn to live in a world without your precious mother, may you find incredible joy in the knowledge that you will one day be reunited with her for all eternity. Love you & miss you, Martha

Name: GARY AND RHONDA SIMMONS
Message: MR BILL AND FAMILY, SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. YOU ALL ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

Name: Jacque Briley
Message: Bill and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed having meals with you and Betty Jean at Stonehaven. She had such a sweet spirit and a beautiful twinkle in her eyes....it was especailly present when I had my granddaughter with me. Her love of children was very evident. May God hold you and wrap his arms around you in your time of grief. Jacque, Kevin and Eden

Name: Julia Ferrell Harris
Message: Hargis family...I pray our Lord will bless and comfort you in Mrs. Betty's passing. We know she is with our Lord and that we will be with her for eternity. My love and prayers are with you all.

Name: Marilyn doss
Message: I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Betty. I know she will be missed. My prayers are with you all. I have thought about her alot. Your friend, Marilyn(St.John)Doss

Name: Andy Gibbs
Message: Dear Hargis Family: All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are certain we will see Mrs. Hargis again in a glorified body. Until this time, Andy Gibbs

Name: Paula Earnest Garlington
Message: Carol & Gretchen, I just now saw this. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mother 2 1/2 yrs. ago so I know you are going through a sad and difficult time. I am praying for God's grace to see you through. My deepest sympathy.