Carlton A. "Muscles" HardgraveI am a Veteran.

of Paris, AR

October 25, 1926 - August 2, 2022

Carlton A. "Muscles" Hardgrave, 95, a resident of Paris, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2022 in Fort Smith.

He was born October 25, 1926 in Bennington, Oklahoma to the late Charlie and Virgie Lee (Campbell) Hardgrave. Carlton was a 1945 graduate of Paris High School where he was part of the state champion football team. Carlton was a veteran of World War II, serving in both the United States Army and Navy, after graduating high school. He was a paratrooper with the United States Army before transferring to the United States Navy. After his military service, Carlton spent his working years as an OS&D Clerk with PMT Trucking for 30 years in California. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paris. While serving in the Armed Forces, Carlton began a love for boxing, which would last throughout his lifetime. He was the Guam champion in boxing while in the Navy, then later won several titles in Arkansas. As Carlton's time as a boxer closed, he turned to coaching young men the sport through the Paris Boys and Girls Club, where he continued coaching into his 90's. Along with boxing, he was also an avid Paris Eagles and Arkansas Razorbacks fan and enjoyed keeping his home and property in pristine condition.

In addition to his parents, Carlton was preceded in death by two sons, Michael John and Lance Addison Hardgrave; a brother, Robert "Bobby" Addison Hardgrave and two sisters, Gladys Irene Reames and Elsie Gleason.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Robin Hardgrave of Paris; a daughter, Cindy Eggink of California; a grandson, Jason Blanscet of Colorado; three great grandchildren, Michael, Hailey and Tyler Blanscet; four great great grandchildren, Alexander, Annalise, Austin and Zoe Blanscet; two sisters, Charlene Johnson of Paris and Othella Johnson of Paris and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 8, 2022 at Roller Funeral Home in Paris.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at the First Baptist Church in Paris with Rev. Harlin Brewton officiating. Burial with military honors, provided by the United States Navy, will follow in Corley Cemetery near Paris.

Pallbearers will be Nicholas Hixson, Dalton Nehus, Wyatt Nehus, Robert Paul Reames, Jason Stewart, Tim Stewart, Dennis Ray Johnson and James Reames. Carlton's former boxing students will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Paris Boys and Girls Club. Donations can be taken to the First National Bank of Paris.

Service Information
Roller Funeral Home
1700 E. Walnut
Paris,  AR 72855
8/8/2022 at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
First Baptist Church
311 E. Main Street
Paris,  AR 72855
8/9/2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Corley Cemetery
Highway 309 South
Corley Community, AR 72855

Memorial Contributions
Paris Boys and Girls Club
c/o First National Bank in Paris
Paris, AR 72855

Obituary Provided By:
Roller Funeral Home
1700 East Walnut Street
Paris, AR  72855