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Obituary – Garris Hattabaugh (1979-2022)

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Garris Rustin Hattabaugh of Mansfield, AR died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and friends, on October 1, 2022. Garris was born in Fort Smith on February 21, 1979 to Marquita and Steve Hattabaugh. He was the second of their four boys.

Garris graduated from Mansfield High School in 1997. He was a talented athlete and excelled in baseball, basketball, and football. Although he was a soft-spoken man of few words, when asked about certain teams and players, he could talk all day about his favorites and always knew their statistics. He was a self-employed dump truck driver and welder – an all-around hard-worker. He was an avid sportsman and loved being out in nature. Garris loved children and enjoyed times of playing with all the kids in the family. He liked nothing more than taking them fishing, hunting, or shooting a bow and arrow. Garris was a kind and gentle soul with a heart of gold. Every life he touched was better for having known him. He loved his family greatly, was loved in return, and will be deeply missed. 

Garris leaves behind to cherish his memory, his parents: Steve and Marquita Hattabaugh of Elm Park, Arkansas, brothers Trevor Hattabaugh (Courtney) of Lucas Bottoms, Arkansas, Shay Hattabaugh (Brandy) of Elm Park, Arkansas and Chase Hattabaugh (Shannon) of Greenwood, Arkansas. Garris is also survived by his grandmothers Verla Bullock and Joyce Hattabaugh, one step son J.R. Powell and a precious friend Mandy Moore and her son Judd. Uncle Garris leaves an everlasting legacy with his nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews: Madison, Brooke, Bryar, Treven, Walker, Townes, Paisley, Reese, Addie, Mylee, Tinslee, Hunter, Brently and Bunny.  Garris will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted including a host of extended family, friends and neighbors he loved dearly.

Garris’ celebration of life services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at Waldron First Church of the Nazarene in Waldron with Rev. Wally Beckman and Rev. Jeff Wilkinson officiating. Interment will follow at Freedom Cemetery near Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. 

Garris’ pallbearers will be Trevor Hattabaugh, Shay Hattabaugh, Chase Hattabaugh, J.R. Powell, Brian Owens (Boomer), Brian McCullah (Gordy), Klief Brown and Danny White. Honorary pallbearers will be Aaron Hopper, T.J. Pellam, Josh Sanford, Cody Smith and Shawn Cook.

Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron.

The family would like to extended a special heartfelt Thank You to Dr. Kurt Mehl, Dr. Nathan Bennett and Dr. Jeffery Blackwell for your care and compassion shown to our family. 

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