Royal Newton “Roy” Harrington, 94

Funeral services for Royal Newton “Roy” Harrington, 94, formerly of Gainesville, were held Sept. 9, 2022, at Coffman Funeral Home Chapel in Harrison Arkansas. Burial with military honors was at Milum Cemetery in Lead Hill. 

He moved from Gainesville to Lead Hill, Arkansas, more than 25 years ago and resided there when he died Sept. 3.

He was born in Goodman, Missouri on May 27, 1928, one of 11 children born to Avery and Cordia (Crabtree) Harrington.

He retired from Sho-Me Power after working many years as a lineman.

Roy was a US Army Veteran. He enlisted in November 1948 and served his country during the Korean conflict with the 529th Signal Operations Company. While enlisted, he received a United Nations service medal, distinguished unit emblem, presidential unit citation, Korean service medal with five bronze campaign stars and a bronze star award for valor. He was honorably discharged in June 1952.

Roy was a gifted musician and loved playing the acoustic guitar. He enjoyed jam sessions with many friends and especially loved bluegrass.  

He also loved to go fishing.  

Roy was a very kind-hearted and giving man. 

He could always be counted on to “tell you how it was.”  He will certainly be remembered for his genuine, sweet spirit.

Roy is survived by his children and their spouses, Royal Randall Harrington and wife  Tanya, Pamela Baer and husband Gary, Bobby Rogers and wife Janice, Billy Rogers and wife Gail, Deanna Burleson and partner Ron Vierling, Timmy Rogers and wife Tyna and Robin Hiner and wife Bonnie; 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Beulah Jo Harrington; sons Patrick Harrington, Jimmy Rogers, Jay Hiner and Alan Hiner, and his siblings, Martha, Maxine, Howard, Mary, Lucy, Lee, Bonnie, Frank, Elizabeth and an infant sister Blanche.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Hills or your local VFW.

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