Wayne Hartness, 52, of Wooster, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 7, 2015. He was born on Saturday, November 17, 1962, in McGee, Arkansas to E. Juanita (Johns) Hartness and the late Robert F. Hartness.
He was survived by his loving wife of thirty-two years, Donna (Casteel) Hartness; his son, Clay Hartness and wife Heather his daughter, Ricki (Hartness) Isom and husband Steven; grandchildren; Harlee and Asher Hartness and Ella and Fisher Isom; brother, Lamar Hartness and wife Tina; sister, Glenda Priest and husband Eric; nephews, Billy, Kenny, and Matthew Hartness who stayed by his side; along with numerous other nieces, nephews, family, friends, and Fire Service Brothers .
Wayne was truly a humble hero in his community with three main passions in life: Faith, Family and Firefighting. He and his family attended First Baptist Church in Wooster where he served as deacon for many years. He served for thirty-four years as a volunteer firefighter for the Wooster community including ten years as chief. He gladly served the Conway Fire Department for twenty-three years as Engineer. During that time, he established new classes as an advocate for Cancer Awareness within the fire service. He had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, riding horses and playing sports with his kids. However, Wayne’s greatest joy was his role as “Papa” to his four beautiful grandchildren who had his heart.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Wooster First Baptist Church.
Funeral service is set for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 10, 2015 at New Life Church in Conway with Brother Keith Hicks officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Myron Milholland officiating.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to The Conway Fire Department Benevolent Fund. 1401 Caldwell, Conway, AR 72034.