Sammy Ray Harwell

Sammy Ray Harwell was born Feb. 1, 1951 in Boothe, AR and passed from this life June 14, 2020 in Waldron, AR. He was 69 years old. Sam was retired from the Scott County Road Department and was a lifetime member of the Arkansas Cattleman Association, a member and past chief of NW Scott County VFD, and a member of Freedom Freewill Baptist Church. He made his home in Freedom. He loved and trusted everyone and was a friend to all. Even those who betrayed his trust.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents Gerald D. and Nadine (Trotter) Harwell, his brother Jerry Harwell, his twin sister Kay Brown and a brother in law Jim Martin. He is survived by his sisters Joyce Qualls and husband Bill, Melba Holland and husband Howard and Sharon Martin all of Greenwood, AR.      

He was Uncle Sam to nieces Pam Harwell and Stacie Williamson. Nephews; Alan, Craig, and Greg Qualls, Kevin and Steven Holland, Jim E. and Clint Martin, Kendall and Kleif Brown. He was also Uncle to many great and great great nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be Wednesday June 17, 2020 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Martin Funeral Home Chapel. 

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday June 17, 2020 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be lifelong friend Bobby Hattabaugh and his pastor Mike Galinato with burial to follow at Trotter Family Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. 

Pallbearers will be Rick Metcalf, Steve Hattabaugh, County Judge James Forbes, David Hattabaugh, Kleif Brown and Gerald Hattabaugh. 

Due to COVID-19 and the Arkansas Department of Health rules and regulations for public gatherings face coverings are required (not provided) for anyone over 10 years old. 

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