Leroy Hamaker Jr.

February 26, 1934June 13, 2021

Leroy “Larry” Hamaker, Jr., 87, of Little Rock, AR passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Unity Hospital in Searcy, AR.

Mr. Hamaker was born on February 26, 1934 in Banks, AR to RL (Buster) Hamaker and Mabel Seymore Hamaker.

He was a true patriot. He was a proud US Air Force veteran who served as a heavy motor transport operator at Manzano Base in Albuquerque, NM during the Korean War. He was a member of Little Rock West Assembly of God, formerly known as Maumelle Assembly of God, for many years. He retired from AT&T where he had worked as an inspector for over 35 years.

Larry loved God, his church, his country, and his family with all his heart. He will be remembered by his big hugs and love for sharing his knowledge with his children and grandchildren. He loved classic country, southern gospel, and bluegrass music. He also loved Western movies and TV shows. He was comfortable being himself wearing his cowboy hat, boots, jeans, big belt buckles, and western jackets.

His hobbies were leather and wood working, working on cars, fishing, camping, motorcycling, researching his genealogy, CB radios, ham radios, and working with electronics.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Louise Hamaker Grice, Marie Hamaker Craig, Carrie Sue Hamaker Simmons, and Quida Hamaker; granddaughter Lindsay Thomasson Bracken and great grandson Quentin Bracken.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Josephine Vigil Hamaker; daughters Vicky (Cecil) Watts and Denise (Mark) Thomasson; grandchildren Brian (Nikki) Watts, Nicole Watts Alexander, Courtney (Andrew) Shaffer, Kelsey Thomasson, and James Bracken; great grandchildren Elijah Bracken, Grayson Bracken, Aiden Watts, Gavin Watts, William Alexander, and Lewis Alexander.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021 at Little Rock West Assembly of God Church, 16403 Lamarche Drive, Little Rock, AR 72223. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with interment will United States Air Force Military Honors following at Pinecrest Memorial Park. To sign the online guestbook, click “Add A Memory” at:


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 18, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

  • Committal Service with Military Honors

    Saturday, June 19, 2021


Leroy Hamaker Jr.

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Linda George-Kam

June 18, 2021

Josie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I have fond memories of our families together worshipping the Lord. I also remember the laughs and fun times. I know that he is worshipping the Lord right now but it doesn't make it any easier on you. May you all find comfort in that thought as we too, look forward to joining him one day in the presence of our Lord. Thoughts and prayers for you all in the coming days and weeks.

Charles Flowers

June 17, 2021

Josie sorry to hear of Leroy passing praying for you and your family for comfort and healing hearts

carolyn krodell

June 17, 2021

Josie, so sorry to hear about Leroy. I'm still living in Fayetteville. I have been widowed since 2014 and have remarried.

Carolyn Krodell

Suzanne Hardin Claunch

June 17, 2021

Josie, so sorry to hear about Lee Roy. May the Lord give you peace that passes all understanding to you and your family. I have moved to Springfield, Missouri. Drop me a note when you can. God Bless,