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Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR

OBITUARY

Franklin "Sonny" Alexander Gaston Jr.

June 15, 1931June 17, 2020

Franklin A. “Sonny” Gaston Jr.

Franklin A. “Sonny” Gaston Jr. was born in Camden, Arkansas on June 15, 1931. He entered Heaven’s gates on June 17, 2020.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The loveliest thing about Sonny is that he never met a stranger. He always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye and a skip in his step.

Sonny was an avid gardener with an interest in everything from harvesting fabulous vegetables to growing exotic plants.

Sonny loved a good joke whether he was playing it on someone or someone was playing it on him. He just loved to laugh. Even in heart failure he never lost the gift of sharing his smile and humor with others.

Sonny had an unwavering faith in God. He was a devoted and enthusiastic member of First United Methodist Church and the Saints and Sinners Sunday School Class in Hot Springs.

To quote John Wesley, “Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the places you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can.” He exemplified this quote throughout his entire life.

Sonny was predeceased by his father Franklin A. “Zan” Gaston, his mother Helen Plunkett Gaston and his sister Betty Sue (Preston) Griffin.

He is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Jo; his daughter Debbie (Walker) Loyd; five grandchildren Heather (Jarod) Williams, Caroline (Nick) Tingquist, Emily Loyd, Helen (Andrew) Dodson and Anna Catherine (Elliott) Nipper; seven great-grandchildren Cece and Zan Williams, Andrew Walker Dodson and Jackson Murray, Elliott Jr., Vivian Walker and Elizabeth Nipper.

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Leslie Gilchrist

June 24, 2020

Jo and Debbie,

Mother and I are so sorry for your loss. Sonny was a very special person and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both, as well as the rest of your family.

Love always,
Leslie Gilchrist
Linda Gilchrist
Camden, AR

Roger & Charlotte Nutt

June 22, 2020

What an honor and pleasure it was to have Sonny as a friend for many years. I can not possibly count all the wonderful memories l have of Sonny. Sonny would have said “ slapatudious” memories...
We could always count on birthday and anniversary calls including a happy birthday song. Many a cup of coffee was shared with him and his best friend Thomas. I guess it was only fitting that they leave this world at about the same time.
Jo, Debbie, and family. Our thoughts are with you and thanks for the memories.

Martha Walker

June 21, 2020

Debbie,
So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Martha Walker

Brooks & Marilyn Rice

June 20, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Sonny’s passing. We will always cherish our memories we share with both our childhood & adult friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Love from Brooks &Marilyn Rice

Sue Polk

June 19, 2020

Jo and family, I was so sorry to learn of Sonny's passkng. I know John was there to welcome him and to warn everyone that heaven was going to be more fun now. Loved Sonny and enjoyed his emails. Love to Jo. Lots of prayers for comfort. Sue

Cindy and Clyde Kingery

June 19, 2020

Jo and Debbie,
We have some wonderful memories of the Saints and Sinners Sunday School class with Sonny and Jo. We treasured that friendship. Sonny will be missed by many.
Love and prayers,
Cindy and Clyde

Gayle Gates Beeson

June 19, 2020

Mrs. Jo and Debbie,
Mr. Sonny will be missed by so many! What a wonderful man! I have so many growing up memories of him. Peace and comfort to your family in this time.
Gayle Gates Beeson

Jeanette Gaston

June 19, 2020

Jo and Debbie, I am so sad to learn the passing of Sonny! He was truly a great example of a kind gentleman! I will miss his E-Mails and the joy of just knowing he was a click away! Love y’all very much and my prayers are for you all! Jeanette

Debbie Marsh

June 19, 2020

Sonny kept us all laughing in choir at church. He brightened so many peoples’ lives daily. Loved him so much. Prayers for comfort to Jo and family. Cherish the memories.

Judy and Steven Sherman

June 19, 2020

We met Sonny when we could come to Camden to see Elaine Berg and all the other Bergs. Sonny was often at Mike and Helen’s so we saw him there and downtown.

He was always so welcoming with a hug and “Glad to see y’all”. He was truly a wonderful man and I know that all who knew him miss him already. G_d will watch over him and heal Jo’s broken heart.

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