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Melvin Ray Hatley

May 24, 1929 — January 16, 2018

Mr. Melvin Ray Hatley, age 88 of Camden, TN passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Jackson General Hospital. Mr. Hatley was born on May 24, 1929 in Benton County to the late Wesley H. Hatley and Myrtle Mae Smith Hatley. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Marie Bates.  Mr. Hatley was retired from General Motors after 32 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, of Lockport, IL and a U.S Army Veteran, who served as Sergeant in the 7th Division. He was on the front lines in the Korean War for 9 months and 11 days. He was also part of the Army Atomic testing in Desert Rock, NV. Mr. Hatley loved life, God's creation, his family, his neighbors and he was always a Good Samaritan. He made walking sticks as a hobby and was known as the walking stick man. He was married to Iva Lucille Hatley for 64 years.Survived by:Wife: Iva Lucille Hatley of Camden, TNSons: Tony Michael Hatley (Mary Lou) of Plainfield, IL          James Wesley Hatley (Amanda) of Camden, TN          Jesse Douglas Hatley (Norma) of Camden, TNDaughters:Patricia Arbanas(Genaro Montoya)of New Lenox, IL                 Deborah Ann Turner of Camden, TN                 Cynthia Lucille McCulley of Camden, TN Brother: Milburn Hatley of Camden, TNSisters: Helen Arnold of Camden, TN            Ruth Springer of Worth, ILGrandchildren: Michael Price (Ana Dominguez),                       Danielle Hatley, JoAnne Hatley,                       Jessica Butt (Jonathan),                       Joshua King, Brandon Ray McCulley,                       Sabrina Hatley, Emily Hatley,                     Connor HatleyGreat Grandchidren: Ray Price and Tae DorseySister-In-Law: Joan Bain of Huntingdon, TNBest Friend: Ronald Strickland of Camden, TNSpecial Friend: Butch Lashlee of New Johnsonville, TNSpecial Neighbor: Reba Cunningham of Camden, TNFaithful Dog: SargeFuneral services will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 1 PM at the Oakdale Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Camden City Cemetery.Visitation with the Hatley family will be on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM and again on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 12:00-1:00.
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