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E. H. "Butch" Hatley, III
December 11, 1953 - September 8, 2018

Mr. E.H. “Butch” Hatley III, 64, departed this life Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, Ark. Butch was born December 11, 1953 in Jonesboro, AR to E.H. Jr. and Christine Hatley. Butch was a member of Corner’s Chapel Baptist Church in Payneway, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp #584, Columbia, TN, and a Master Service Technician of John Deere University, Moline, IL. Butch enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed being outdoors fishing and hunting. He always enjoyed being with his grandson. He enjoyed fishing with him and watching him “Play Ball”. He always told his friends “I love you and everybody you love.” He was preceded in death by his sister, Cara Bess Hatley; father, Elec Hatley Jr.; grandparents, Elec Sr. and Kate Hatley of Old Weona, AR and Talmadge and Cora Mae Wright of Harrisburg, AR.

Survivors include his wife Sharon of the home; his daughter, Christy Hatley-Davis (Donnie) and grandson Donald Ray “Trey” Davis III of Harrisburg, AR; mother Christine Hatley of Trumann; sisters Regina Stacy of Trumann, and Anna Ware (David) of Collierville, TN; nephew, Ian Ware (Blair and Lily June) of Knoxville, TN; niece Ainsley Cameron Riker (Matthew) of Fort Collins, Colorado; step-son, Adam J. Smith of Payneway; Step-daughters, Sarah L. Dowdy of Jonesboro, and Amanda Kelly of Mammoth Springs, AR; six step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.

 Visitation will be Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. At Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann. A celebration of his life will follow at 11:00 a.m., in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home with Bro. Glen Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery in Harrisburg, AR.

An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.


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September 11, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Thompson Funeral Home
220 Viva Drive
Trumann 72472

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September 11, 2018
11:00 AM

Thompson Funeral Home
220 Viva Drive
Trumann, Arkansas 72472

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  1. Theresa Hatley Yates, Houston, texas says

    So sorry for your loss. May he find peace with our father.

  2. Ralph Louis Walker, Jr., Nashville, TN says

    He was one of the GOOD ONES from Harrisburg Corner. I rode the #9 school bus with Butch and his sister. Loved his smile and soul. Rest in Peace Brother.

  3. Pam Harris, Hughes says

    Heaven definitely just get a lot sweeter...till we meet again my sweet friend!

  4. Rev.Gary Biggers, Little Rock Arkansas says

    Rest in peace my ol friend,we had some times in Payneway

  5. Scott & Sherry McMunn, Marked Tree, AR says

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Dyanne Scott, CONWAY, AR says

    I am so very sorry for the great loss of your husband, father, brother, grandfather, and uncle. Butch was a lifelong friend of our family and we lived as neighbors in Payneway for many years. Though i moved away in 1969, I will always remember that happy little boy who always wanted to play and his eagerness early on in life. Butch was an inspiration and our family will never forget how faithful he was to look after Mom's home when she left it two years ago to have surgery, never to return again. He was a caring man, with a big heart for kids and those he loved and all they loved. May you find comfort in knowing he is in a better place with no more pain or physical limitations and may God comfort your hearts and bring peace to your minds as you remember his laughter and loving kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

  7. Mary Walker Aycock, Little Rock, Arkansas says

    Love you since High School , Butch! RIP brother ??

  8. Christy (Boo), Cambron says

    I’ve known Butch for many years. He always had a wonderful smile. May you rest in peace ??

  9. Tommy Tucker, Jonesboro, Arkansas says

    Rest easy now pal!! I'll miss you dearly but see you again soon.

  10. Jennifer Roark Counce, Marked tree arkansas says

    You will always be remembered for your infectious smile and the ability to make someone smile thru the worst of tears. I remember a few years ago you came to the watermelon stand to talk to Hoppie. You looked at me and you said, "You're William Roark's little girl, ain't you?" I said yes sir. You said " I had to whoop you one time when you was a little'n, and it broke my heart" I just smiled and said why? You said cause you was sneaking beers for them boys and it happen to be MY last one! Then we laughed and laughed. Before you left you called me over to the truck and you opened the door and gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Told me you you loved me and that you missed "your old pal" (my daddy). Guess now you don't have to miss anyone anymore. Even tho down here we sure are missing you. Love always, Jenn

  11. Tracy Carter, Harrisburg says

    Sorry for your loss. The few times I met And was around Butch, he seemed to make me smile and laugh. Prayers to each and every member of his friends and family.

  12. Sheila smith, Harrisburg Ar says

    Praying for the family. And I’m so sorry you are having to go through this pain. I pray you find pease in your heart. Maybe not know but some time in the future. May god bless you with his pease and light.

  13. David Hazel, Marked Tree, AR says

    Butch was one fine man. Ole Butch and I go way back to our high school days, I sure am going to miss him.

  14. Perry & Susan Smith, Harrisburg says

    So sorry for your loss. Will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers.

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