Carol Dean Hawley, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, August 21, 2023. He was 89years old. Born on August 20, 1934, in Pearcy, Carol was the son of James Edward Hawley and Mary Thompson Hawley.
Carol's life was marked by remarkable achievements and a deep love for his family. After graduating from Lake Hamilton High School in 1953, Carol served his country with honor and pride. He joined the United States Army and became a member of the prestigious 4th Armor Division Company A 1st Medium Tank Battalion. His dedication and service continued as he served in the Army Reserves from 1959 to 1961. His legacy as an Army veteran brought him great pride throughout his life.
Following his military service, Carol embarked on a successful career as a salesman for Frito-Lay. Known for his exceptional salesmanship and charismatic personality, Carol made an indelible mark on those he worked with. He approached each day with enthusiasm and skillfully built relationships with everyone he encountered. He was a longtime member of Community of Christ Church, where he held the office of Teacher, a minister of reconciliation.
Beyond his professional achievements, Carol found true joy in his family and church life. He shared a loving partnership with his wife of 56 years, Bonnie Sanders Hawley, who proceeded him in death in 2013. Together they created a home filled with warmth, love, and cherished memories. Carol's sons, Mark and Matthew, were a constant source of pride and joy for him. The family enjoyed sharing many get-togethers, camping trips and holidays.
In addition to being an adoring father, Carol was a doting grandfather to Nick (Gail) Hawley, Natalie (Chris) Hawley, Tess (Rachel) Hawley, Zachary (Hillary) Hawley, and Kristi Smallwood. A loving great-grandfather to: Blake, Ella Joe, William, Cole, Conner, Makenzie, Kirbi, Elizabeth, Emmy, Savanna, and Sophia. He also had the blessing of four great-great-grandchildren, Olivia, Tristan, Niko and Ronnie. Their presence brought immense happiness to his life.
Carol also had a penchant for vegetable gardening. His green thumb was legendary among friends and neighbors, as he cultivated a beautiful garden that bore the fruits of his hard work.
He was an excellent auto mechanic and helped many young adults get their automobiles back in working order.
Carol was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother, Charles Hawley. He is survived by his two sons, Mark (Cathy) Hawley and Matt (Janet) Hawley, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harland and Carolyn Sanders and Gene and Yvonne George. And many, many loving nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Zachary Hawley, Nick Hawley, Chris Shirley, Blake Shirley, William Smallwood, and Cole Smallwood.
Honorary pallbearers are John Micolochick, Ken Graham, A.J, Meredith, Brandon Gollon, Mike Hawley, Lance Hawley, Ron Hawley and Dr. John Bond.
The family would like to especially thank Gentiva Hospice for their loving care and nurse, Jessica Via, for her longtime professional love and attention.
Funeral services to honor and celebrate Carol's life will be held at Smith Family Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Arkansas with Pastor Terry Williams officiating.
The visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Airport.