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Roy D. Hanley, age 70

Roy D. Hanley, 70, of White Hall, Arkansas passed away on April 23, 2023. He was born in Malvern, Arkansas on June 12, 1952, to Robert JT Hanley and Mildred Louise Miller-Hanley.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Francis McCleanhan.

He is survived by his loving wife Billie Jo Ward-Hanley; his children Kasey Jordan (Nick) of Malvern, James Saffell (Ashley of Clarendon, Kenneth Saffell of White Hall, Christal Rae Singleton (Dennis) of St Charles,  and Travis Wright of White Hall; his grandchildren Zoe Wells and Jonathon Wells of Malvern, Tyler Bevell of St Charles, Emily Sexton, Michael Saffell, and Cade Saffell of Clarendon; his sister Retha Weems (James) of Haskell; as well as many extended family and many friends.

Roy retired from the Army National Guard and the Arkansas Highway Department. He was very proud of his military career and enjoyed traveling, going to military museums, and any kind of outdoor festivals. He enjoyed traveling so much he started delivering trucks for Dealers. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed wood working and doing anything with his hands. His greatest love was spending time with his wife and family.

A family hosted Memorial service will be held Saturday May 6, 2023, at 3:00pm at the New Harvest Church located at 9016 US 270 in White Hall, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Annette Wright Posted April 26, 2023 1:49 PM

    Ms. Retha and family,
    Thoughts and prayers are being lifted for all of you during this time . Keep tight and always share his special stories and they will carry you thru the hard days .

  • Janelle (Hanley) Dyer Posted April 26, 2023 5:26 PM

    Roy was a a good man and a good brother-inlaw. I am praying for you and his family.

  • Bill and Glenda eubanks Posted April 26, 2023 8:14 PM

    He was great but we will miss him in our trips delivering trucks around Arkansas he will be greatly missed he was a great friend

  • Denise Brown Posted April 26, 2023 9:08 PM

    We pray for God’s peace and grace over your family in this time of mourning.

  • Billie J Hanley Posted April 26, 2023 9:32 PM

    Roy was the best man that I ever met. He showed me the world, stood behind me while I was going to school. Supported me in my decisions. Roy lov3d just sitting outside. He would watch me from the balcony while I walked beaches or took a trail through the woods. Everything he did was did to make me smile. Roy was my life. He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.

  • Judy A Segrest Posted April 29, 2023 6:46 AM

    Deepest Sympathy

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