Harry Bradford Westbrook

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Harry Bradford Westbrook, age 90, a long-time businessman of Hazen, died Monday, December 14, 2020.  He was born July 22, 1930 in Heber Springs, Arkansas the son of C.B. and Thelma Bradford Westbrook. He attended high school in Beebe, where he was an All State tackle for the Badgers.  After high school, Harry enlisted in the Navy and trained to become a Navy Hospital Corpsman and was attached to the First Marine Division in Korea.  He was the recipient of a Purple Heart.

Harry was a graduate of the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science and returned to Hazen where he owned and operated Westbrook Funeral Home until his retirement in 1985. He served his community in various ways as Prairie County Coroner, city council, school board president, and various committees and board chairman of Hazen United Methodist Church Administration Council.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Billy Ray and James Westbrook.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Gingerich Westbrook; daughter, Janie Starr of Hazen; sons, Brad and wife, Kellie of Omaha, Nebraska and Brian and wife, Mary Jo of Scottsdale, Arizona; five grandchildren, Reed and Marissa Westbrook, Elizabeth and William Starr, and Mack Cook; two sisters, Martha Melkovitz of Keo and Nancy Hurst of St. Louis, Missouri; brother, Charles Westbrook and wife, Bobbie of Searcy.

Graveside service will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 18, 2020 at the Hazen Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Hazen Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 92, Hazen, Ar. 72064 or the Hazen First United Methodist Church.

17 thoughts on “Harry Bradford Westbrook”

  1. Dear Shirley…my heart is broken for you and your family…Mr. Harry was a gentleman to the highest degree. You were each so much a part of the other…I loved being around you! And he was a snappy dresser!!! I will miss his cheerfulness and caring…Love you all…MVH

  2. Jimbo & Carolyn Guenther

    Mrs. Shirley,Janie, and family…
    Prayers and hugs to all. Heaven gained a great one.
    Truly will be missed. Treated everyone the same.
    Loved that. So few, do.

  3. I will miss Mr Westbrook. I was his nurse for 17 yrs. He was always happy and charming. I loved him so much. We will meet again someday in heaven Harry!! To his family…prayers & hugs for all of you. Please call if you need me.

  4. To all of you. I’ll always remember Harry as a man that made you feel good to be around. Always quick with a smile. I had some fun times with him on the golf course.

  5. Roger & Marcia Ray

    So sorry to hear that Uncle Harry has passed. He was a cool uncle and I always enjoyed being around him. Aunt Shirley, Janie, Brad, Brian and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Billy and Gail Booth

    As an extraordinary man in many ways, Mr. Harry left a legacy that will be cherished by all those who knew him. A major part of his life was committed to serving others. Once he told me about his service as a “medic” during the Korean War, and the things that he had seen and done to help those in crisis. Later in life he answered the call to serve others in whatever way that he could in civic organizations, church responsibilities, public school board of education, etc. Our city, community, and county
    were fortunate to have had Mr. Harry as servant-heart citizen. May God’s Word and His Holy Spirit (the “Comforter”) provide strength, comfort, and assurance to the Westbrook family during this time of sorrow.

  7. Mrs. Shirley and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I always saw Mr. Harry at the post office. When I was growing up ,he was always so nice and friendly. Always calling me by my name. He will be missed. May GOD give you the peace and comfort that only HE can at this time. Love and many prayers for all.

  8. Morris (Sonny) Lassiter

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Harry. Although I haven’t been been around the Hazen community for many years, I remember him being a good role model and easy to talk to. My father and mom were good friends of the entire Westbrook family. RIP

  9. Harry was such a wonderful person. We had many talks over the years about every subject imaginable. He was particularly proud of his service to our country and was one of the few veterans that I knew who was willing to talk about his service. Harry could have you laughing one moment and in awe the next. I will truly miss him. He was one of a kind!

  10. Marylynne Rosenbloom

    To Aunt Shirley & Family :

    To my favorite ( great) Uncle Harry!! Your smile and sense of humor lit up the room . Always quick with a joke or his famous one liners! And of course you had to come up with your “ own “ version of Craig’s barbecue sauce , stealing their thunder…Once Grandma Mary called and said Cliff had fallen and couldn’t get up.. “ She said he must haven driven 100 mph to get to Clarendon as fast as he did…” Uncle Harry always thought of other people before himself , and will be greatly missed. My heart is broken, but I know you are in Heaven looking out over all of us as a guardian Angel …

    I will be missing your bear hugs every time we stopped by to visit you and Aunt Shirley. I guess God needed your warrior spirit in Heaven .

    Waiting to meet you at Heavens gate.

    All my love and condolences to Aunt Shirley, Janie , Brad , Brian and the Westbrook family during these difficult times .

    Love and prayers ,
    Marylynne Rosenbloom

  11. milton stovesand

    shirley, sorry for your lose.time has gone by so fast ,just cant believe it. bless you and your family.

  12. Mr. Harry was always one of Hazen’s finest gentlemen. He always seemed to be part of what was going on in Hazen. I pray for peace for Mrs. Shirley, Janie, Brad and Brian.

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