Robert Bryan Warden, 68, of Hoxie, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2022, in the NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
He was born April 4th, 1954, in Walnut Ridge, to the late Robert F. Warden and Edith Sue Bryan. He attended Walnut Ridge Elementary and Middle School and graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee, and he continued his education at John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, Tennessee to become a third generation Mortician in the family. He was united in marriage to Gayla Ann Ellis on December 28, 1973.
Robert was a businessman, instructor, and talker. He had a quick wit, sharp humor, and a free opinion to give. He had a natural talent to learn and do just about anything he persuaded. He was the owner and operator of the Bryan Funeral Home in Hoxie, the H & W Annex of Lawrence Memorial Park, the Warden Mini Storage, the former “Attic Arms and Alley Arms” gun shops, and head photographer and editor at Warden Photo. He served many years in the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office and was the coroner for a decade. He was an 8th Degree Black Belt in the Tang Soo Do Karate system, a former chairman of the Hoxie Housing Board, and a former Deputy Reserve Officer for Lawrence County Sheriff’s office. He was also a licensed Pilot, Scuba Diver, and Extra Class Ham Radio Operator “N5TUR”.
Robert enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, water skiing, and snow skiing. He knew code on computers, and always had his T.V. on watching cartoons. He loved his pets and his toys, shooting guns, flying low, going fast, and driving probably a million miles on his motorcycles throughout his life. He was active in the community with many charity events and yearly volunteered to be Santa Claus for a local church. He was a member of the Lawrence County Radio Club, Lions Club, Bikers for Bikers and the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; and his uncle, Jack Warden.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Gayla Warden; one daughter, Amanda M. Warden Klipfel and Jason; one son, Robert Christopher Warden and Crystal; two grandsons, River Alexander and Maximus Bryan Warden; a sister, Jackie Cox and JR; six nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 2 P.M. in the Bryan Chapel with Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating. Pallbearers will be Chris Warden, Jason Klipfel, Blake and Brett Cox, David Abbott, and Bobby Gardner. Honorary pallbearers are Junior Moody and Jack Dunham; and the late Tom Sturch and Paul Long. Interment will follow in the Lawrence Memorial Park.
Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 P.M. till 8 P.M. in the Bryan Chapel.

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