Roy Allen Hargrove, 86, El Dorado Springs, went Home on Monday evening, July 8, 2013, at Cox South Hospital, surrounded by children and grandchildren. Allen was born on Oct. 14, 1926, to Charley T. Hargrove and Bertha O. (Hawkins) Hargrove near Dederick.
He attended Dederick and Willow Grove Schools. He was saved at the age of 14 at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church and was a member there at his death.
During his lifetime, Allen worked at Producer’s Creamery, Camp Clark, Barrington Manufacturing and was a custodian at Dunbrooke and the Stockton Nursing Home. After retiring, he enjoyed using his Ford tractor to do mowing and brush hogging jobs for people.
He spent time in the hospital and nursing home in 2012 after hip surgery but was so thankful that it was made possible for him to be in his home this past year. He enjoyed visits from family and friends, his “bacon and eggs” that his grandson, Randall, would prepare each morning, and especially the companionship of his cat, “Handsome,” and his dogs, “Snoopy” and “Spud.”
Allen was preceded in death by parents; infant sister, Evelyn; five sisters – Lola Heacock, Lucille Nelander, Ethel Wynes, Anna Mae Cox and Harriet Neal; infant brother, Terrell; and brother, Marvin (Bud) Hargrove.
Survivors include his four children: Cheryl Eslinger and husband, Lewis – El Dorado Springs, Kathy Buller – Fort Scott, KS, Sandra Chambers – El Dorado Springs and Steve Hargrove – Nevada; 12 grandchildren – Shawna and Matt Cooper, Susan and Mark Dingman, Mike Buller, Sherre and Buddy King, Chris and Misty Buller, Doug Chambers, Randall Chambers, Stefanie Eslinger, Shawn and Mary Hargrove, Patrick Eslinger, Jeff and Cary Chambers and Shandy Hargrove; 19 great-grandchildren – Jonathon, Jordan, Savannah and Luke Karleskint; Logan, Lucas, Lakin and Shayne Cooper; Jesse Dingman; Josh and Rikki Buller; John, Sarah and James King; Elizabeth Hall; Blaine and Brett Chambers; and Isaac and Brady Hargrove; two brothers, Charles Hargrove and wife, Pat – Nevada and Richard Hargrove and wife, Claudia – Nevada; and one sister, Ruby Sherman – Ottawa, KS.
Services were held on Friday, July 12, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Clevenger officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Allen’s grandsons – Chris Buller, Doug Chambers, Randall Chambers, Shawn Hargrove, Patrick Eslinger and Jeff Chambers.
Online condolences may be left at www.blandhackleman.com.