William Carter Hargis, Jr.
Funeral Date: 5/24/2011

On May 22, 2011, William Carter Hargis, Jr., 90, of Warren, AR., joined his beloved wife, Betty Jean Callaway Hargis, in heaven. Betty and Bill were married more than 67 years when she died on March 20, 2011. Bill Hargis, one of the greatest of “The Greatest Generation”, was also predeceased by his parents, Will Hargis and Maude Cunningham Hargis; his brother, James Hargis and his sister, Elizabeth Hargis Wisener. He is survived by his son, William Hargis, III and his 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, he had two granddaughters, Christa Gibson and Erin Huff and four grandsons: Matthew Twyford, Caleb, Joshua and Benjamin Peacock and several nieces and nephews. Bill was born April 24, 1921 in Warren. He was a true athlete and played football for the Warren Lumberjacks and the Ouachita Baptist Tigers. He was also a strong campus leader, serving as Student Body President while at Ouachita. He was a 3 year letterman at OBC and was Captain of his Sr. Championship Team. He was strong, competitive and disciplined in his football career which gave him much success on the field and throughout his life. He was inducted into the Lumberjack Hall of Fame in 2010. Upon graduation from Ouachita, Bill married Betty Jean Callaway and then served his country in World War II. He was with the 4th Division of the Army as they stormed the beaches of Normandy. Wounded by a German sniper resulted in Bill being awarded the Purple Heart. He later received the Medal de la France Liberee. When he returned home from the war in 1946, he brought his bride back to Warren and joined his father in car sales at Hargis Brothers Sales and Service, one of the oldest automobile dealerships west of the Mississippi River. Bill immediately adapted to the car business. His ability to trade, his love of people and his strong sense of fairness made him a staple of the Bradley County corporate community for many years. Bill accepted Jesus Christ as his savior when he was 11 years old at First Baptist Church, Warren. From that day on, his faith and that church were very important to him. He served in almost every lay capacity in the church. He was a devoted deacon and witness to his Lord and for the church. Bill loved working with livestock and spent many happy hours on the farm. He served as President of the Saline and Ouachita Valley Livestock Association, the South Arkansas Fair and Marketing Association, and the Bradley County Cattlemen’s Association all for many years. He was on the Warren YMCA Board for 53 years, and was a Paul Harris Fellow in the Warren Rotary Club. He was one of the early organizers of the Bradley County Tomato Festival and a valued member of the Warren City Council and Chamber of Commerce. He was a long time member of the Board of Ouachita Baptist College, now OBU. Bill’s exuberance for life was shown in his highly competitive YMCA volleyball games, his devotion to his Lord and First Baptist Church, his enthusiastic involvement in the community of Warren, and his love of trade. But the greatest love of his life and the one thing he talked about more than anything was Betty Jean. He would tell anyone about how he met her on a blind date and that she was the most beautiful girl at Henderson. He could not bear to live without her. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were 2:00 p.m. Tuesday May 24, at First Baptist Church in Warren, AR. with Rev. Wayman Mann and Dr. Glenn Morgan officiating. Tom Small was pianist and soloist were Carol Isom and Gretchen Peacock. Burial with military honors was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were James Hargis, David Hargis, Leigh Hargis, Jim Wisener, John Wisener and Jay Wisener. Memorials may be made to Warren First Baptist Church, Bradley County Veteran’s Museum or Warren YMCA. The family would like to pay special thanks to the staff at Stonehaven Assisted Living for caring so lovingly for Betty and Bill during the last 7 months of their lives.



Name: Michael Outlaw
Message: Gretchen, Carol, and Billy, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Bill. I have many memories of him as Dad worked for him during all those Hargis Brother Years. He has always been a part of my life and his memory will live on forever. You guys will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Name: Sandra & Tommy Toole
Message: Our deepest sympathy to you all. Mr. Bill was a wonderful man.

Name: Charles Landers
Message: My sincere sympathy to the family. My prayers are with you.

Name: Shonna Amos
Message: I'm sorry for the loss of your father so soon after losing your mother. With the greatest sympathy, my prayers are with you and your family.

Name: Joyce Foreman
Message: My sincere sympathy To the family: My prayers are with you.

Name: Dan and Jamie Stevens
Message: Carol,I am so sorry for your loss. But I know this is also a celebration of Christian life. I didnt know about all of his accomplishments until I read his Obit. What a guy- I see where you got your desire to be involved. You and your family are is our prayers. We love you.

Name: Levie Angle
Message: We are so sorry about Bill.We know he is happy, he is with Betty. Keep you in my prayers.

Name: David(K.C.) & Tina McClain
Message: We're so sorry for your loss of Mr. Bill. Mr. Bill sold me my first car. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't have had my first car. He did that for alot of people. May God bless & help you thru this this hard & painful time. Your in our thoughts & prayers.

Name: Joanna Hudson
Message: Billy, I am so very sorry to learn of the death of your father, and so soon after losing your sweet mom. Please know that prayers will be with you and all the family during this most difficult time.God Bless you, Billy. Thinking of you. Joanna

Name: Andy Gibbs
Message: Dear Hargis Family: I have never forgotten your father telling me to stand up straight, look others directly in the eye and always tender a firm handshake. Mr. Hargis led by example. He was always positive with that trademark smile. He never met an awkward situation. I can see him now, head high, shoulders back wearing his grey Stetson with a surety of purpose that lit up any room he walked into. I am certain I speak for countless others who were and are being blessed by Bill's Godly influence. Our prayers are with all of your during this time of sorrow. Our hope is in Christ Jesus ---who he is and what he did. Because He lives we have The Blessed Assurance we will see your Mom and Dad again. Andy, Kim, Drew and Ridge Gibbs

Name: John & Sandy (Ballentine) Gavin
Message: I am so sorry to hear of yet another loss for your family. I'm sure you have wonderful memories to share like our family does & the assurance of seeing them again in heaven is priceless. Our prayers are with you in the coming days ahead.

Name: Peggy Oakes
Message: Carol, Pat and I were really sorry to hear of your loss. Your father was a great man.

Name: David Elmore
Message: To the family of Mr. Hargis, We here at AETN's World War II Oral History Project, In Their Words extend to you our deepest condolences. Mr. Hargis' interview with us was one of inspiration. We are indebted to him and the members of his generation. There service and sacrifice is nothing short of incredible. It was our great pleasure and honor to hear his story and those of the other gentlemen we interviewed down at the Bradley County Veteran's Museum back in September 2008. May god bless you all. Sincerely, David Elmore ITW Project Coordinator

Name: Gary and Sandra Langford
Message: To the Hargis Family, Ms. Betty and Mr. Bill were two wonderful people who will be missed greatly. You will all be in our prayers.

Name: Mike Townsend
Message: Gretchen and Family, I hated to hear of the passing of your father. Looking at his military picture in the paper, I was looking at your face.I remember the stories you told me while we were both at OBU about your family. I know he will be missed and remember people are thinking about you and their prayers are with yor family.

Name: David and Pam Reaves
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mr. Bill was a great Christian and I will always remember being in his Sunday School classes at First Baptist. I have always admired the way he carried himself. Warren has lost a great man.

Name: Ginger Tarver Johnson
Message: What a wonderful legacy your mom and dad have left for you and your family. The whole town of Warren and Bradley county have benefited from their dedication to God, family and community. With deepest sympathy and also with joy that now they are both together in Heaven for eternity. Ginger T Johnson

Name: David and Dana Moseley
Message: David and I send our deepest sympathy to your family. Bill is a special person in the Murrell family-Daddy thought the world of both Bill and Betty. He will be missed by all. Dana

Name: Norma Kramer
Message: Blessed in the eyes the Lord is the death of one of His saints. I idolized Bill Hargis for 67 years when he escorted the body of my brother,Winfred Mattox,Bill's friend, home to Shawnee in l944 when I was 14 years old, I'll never forget how kind, gentle, and caring he was to my brother's wife and 2 year old son, my mother, and me. I am sad that I never saw him again, but my nephew did - for that I am grateful. My love to all of you.

Name: Rita & Sam Johnson
Message: OurThoughts and prayers are with your family.

Name: Paul Crowder
Message: Carol & Gretchen: I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. The Obituary was wonderful! I didn't know hardly any of the things your Dad had done, except car sales. It doesn't surprise me though. He was a wonderful and kind man, married to a beautiful lady. The last part I knew for a fact! I feel fortunate to have gotten to meet your parents through Gretchen years ago! I still remember 318 East Cedar for their address. That's what I still remember it to be. I will pray that God will provide you with a peace in your heart knowing they are happily together now in His arms!. Love you! Paul W Crowder

Name: Jacque Briley
Message: My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. Bill always talked about the love of his life at meals.....I am so glad to have known him and your mom. I enjoyed them alot when I was at Stonehaven for meals. May God bless and hold you in his arms during this time. Much love, Jacque, Kevin and Eden

Name: Renee Wolfe Hudock
Message: Gretchen and family, i am so very sorry about Mr. Bill.... He was such a wonderful man and always treated me with such kindness. At the sale barn, he would open his billfold and show me your photo, and your sister's. he would also talk about your mother. He also welcomed us to first baptist church every sunday when we went there. He also witnessed to several family members about Jesus Christ. I was shocked he was 90 because he looked around 70. When he was around 70 i must have thought he was around 50. Some people you meet are just a blur in your memory. I can see him very plainly im my memory still, with his bright shining smile and eyes. He loved you so much ! please email me and i will tell you everything i remember. God bless you and if there is anything i can do for you all, let me know. i am odell and patty wolfe's daughter...

Name: Dorothy Jeffers
Message: With My Deepest Sympathy

Name: Preston Parker
Message: One of the finest men I have ever known is gone.

Name: Johnnie Parker, Felton Parker Angle
Message: Will keep each of you in our throughts and prayers. We have known Mr Bill for many many years.

Name: Julia Ferrell Harris
Message: Hargis family. My heart is saddened, but also joyed that Mr. Bill is now in heaven with Mrs. Betty and so many wonderful saints. He always had a smile and a kind word! I had not realized that he and Mom shared a birthday, only 4 years apart. His faith was a shining light to all who knew him. He rejoices with our Lord and Savior, of that I have NO doubt!! I love you all and will remember you in prayer. May our Lord send His own to wrap you in earthly arms of love and comfort. God bless you all!

Name: Brenda Harcrow Blackwell
Message: To the Hargis family: Thanks so much for having such wonderful parents that influenced so many of the youth in First Baptist Church, Warren. I loved them very much and love you because of what they meant to me. They will be missed, but their memory lives on as we aspire to meet their standards. May God bless you all, and remember we will all meet again in that glorious day in our heavenly home.

Name: Paula Earnest Garlington
Message: I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Hargis. Losing a parent is a hard thing, but he is in a better place and reunited with his lovely bride. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Suzette Woodard Russell
Message: So sorry to hear your loss, I thought a lot of both of your parents. Your Dad always referred to me as his paperboy."Delivered his Eagle for year's"

Name: Philip lyon
Message: What a man & What a family. They were great positive influences on me growing up in Warren and at First Baptist. So were Uncle Will and Uncle bernis. God Bless and comfort all of the family and know that Bill & Betty are resting in Heaven.