Edward Eugene Hartness, 76, of Crossett, passed away on August 30, 2017, at his home.
He served four years in the United States Air Force during the Cuban Crisis and Vietnam War where he trained and worked with guard dogs. In 1969, he moved to Crossett and worked 36 years at the Georgia Pacific Extrusion Plant. He was the arson investigator and instructor for the North Crossett Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of both the Ashley County Sheriff’s Auxiliary the Crossett Bass Club. Fishing was his passion, but most of all he loved his family.
Mr. Hartness was born in McGehee on July 15, 1941 and was the son of the late Claude Edward and Catherine Pearl Morris Hartness.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Allwhite; a sister-in-law, LaWayne Hartness; a brother-in-law, David Allwhite; a nephew, Dylan Allwhite; and a niece, Claudette Gilchrist.
He is survived by his four children, Mike Hartness and wife, Teresia, of Crossett, Missy Dumas and husband, John, of Crossett, Matt Hartness of Little Rock, and Christina Hartness of Crossett; a brother, James Hartness of Monticello; a sister, Sue Hartness; nine grandchildren, Brandon Hartness and wife, Courtney, Jenna, Hannah, and Kelsey Dumas, Christian, Danielle, and Anna Hartness, Elayna Cameron, and Raegan Brennon; one great-grandchild, Colby Hartness; his loving companion, Elizabeth Hartness; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 2 at 1 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett with pastors Aaron Williams and Andy Williams officiating.
Visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home, prior to the service.