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Obituary – Donald “Don” R. Hambleton (1941-2022)

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Donald R. Hambleton of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, July 18, 2022 in Fort Smith, Arkansas with loved ones by his side. Don was born September 18, 1941 in Goodwill, Oklahoma to Virgil Hambleton and Pauline (Walker) Hambleton Cody. He was 80 years old. Don was a member of the Winfield Baptist Church and served as a Deacon. He was very active in the church and had a servant’s heart. Going on mission trips to help others and spread the gospel was Don’s passion.

Don retired from Dupont as an industrial and electrical mechanic. He and his family then moved to Winfield. He was a man who enjoyed many activities such as woodworking, fishing, and camping but none compared to spending time with his family. Don enjoyed family togetherness and the special bond he had with each of them. 

Don leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 59 years, Cynthia of the home, one daughter, Becky Vanelli and husband Alfred of Waldron, Arkansas. PawPaw will forever remain in the hearts of his grandsons, Colby Vanelli and Billy Vanelli both of Waldron, Arkansas and one brother Richard Hambleton of Kansas. Don will be missed all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted including a host of extended family, neighbors and many friends he considered family.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil Hambleton and Pauline Cody, one son, Jerry Hambleton and his siblings: Delma, Betty, Virgil and James.

Don’s celebration of life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the Winfield Baptist Church in Winfield, Arkansas with Bro. William Crelia and Br. Bobby Clark officiating. Interment will be in Salem Cemetery in Victoria, Texas. Arrangements and cremation are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s International, PO Box 823, Waldron, AR 72958.

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