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Hugene Fortner Wooley, 82

Hugene Fortner Wooley, 82, of Jacksonville died February 12, 2018.  He was born May 15, 1935 to the late Hubert Perry and Imogene Fortner Wooley in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He was also preceded in death by sisters Mary Charlene Wooley and Juanita Ann Manchester Booth.  He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville since 1947.  In 1955, he was a founding member of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class.  Hugene graduated in 1953 from Jacksonville High School.  He joined the Arkansas Air National Guard the same year and served for 15 years.  He worked for Fones Brothers for 32 years.  His career started in the warehouse filling orders and ended as a purchasing agent.

Hugene is survived by his wife of almost 62 years Doris Alene Mathis Wooley; their four children Pamela R., Lavettia Gail, Richard H. and Paul Dean; two grandchildren, Zachary (Destiny) and Makayla; three great grandchildren, Hayden, Jonnie Ryan, and Liam; one special grandniece, Morgan McGonigal; his siblings, Donald (Mary) Carmelita (Don Burks), Bobby (Bonnie), Tanya (Keith Sorrells); and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.  Family visitation will be at 10:00 am and the service will follow at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Stuck Scholarship Fund, c/0 First United Methodist Church, 308 West Main, Jacksonville AR  72076 or to The Spinal Cord Commission of Arkansas, 1501 N University, Suite 470, Little Rock AR  72207.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff at Woodland Hills for the care they provided Hugene for the four plus years he resided at the facility.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076.  501-982-3400.  

Link to Hugenes’ Memorial Video


  • Leeann Farley Posted February 13, 2018 5:37 PM

    Mr. Wooley, you’ll always have a place in my heart! May your light shine bright in Heaven!
    Prayers to the family. It was a pleasure knowing him.

  • Cindy Johnson Posted February 14, 2018 11:43 AM

    RIP Mr. Wooley you will never be forgoten you will have a place in my heart forever love and prayers to the family

  • Sally Crook Posted February 14, 2018 3:37 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with Doris & the family. Greg Wood sends his prayers too.

  • Debbie Alexander Posted February 14, 2018 3:59 PM

    Sure going to miss my Sunday lunch dates with you, Hugene. Loved to listen to all your stories and hear your crazy jokes. You will always have a special place in my heart.

  • Teresa Posted February 14, 2018 4:10 PM

    Our condolences to the family. Eugene was one of a kind. He always made me laugh. He cared about everyone. Always asking about my parents. You will be missed my friend.
    Love Bob and Teresa LaFort

  • Carol King Posted February 14, 2018 4:45 PM

    Hugene was a very good man. I’m proud to say he was my friend.

  • John & Jan Washok Posted February 14, 2018 5:09 PM

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Eugene was a sweet man who always had a smile. Love to all of you

  • Dianne Harvey Posted February 14, 2018 6:45 PM

    My mother, Dorothy Wright, always had nice things to say about Hugene. I guess you two will get to visit and talk about the world. Rest peacefully.

  • Bart Wagner Posted February 14, 2018 7:44 PM

    Our sincere condolences to Hugene’s family. We always enjoyed being around him at Mission 5,000 and church. He always had such a great attitude.

    Bart and Toshie Wagner

  • Wendell Dorman Posted February 15, 2018 10:02 AM

    I met Hugene at the North Arkansas. Youth Assembly, Hendrix College in 1954 and was later his pastor at Jacksonville First U M C. He was a very special person and It was a pleasure knowing him, My prayers go out to his family.

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