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Harold "Wayne" Cotnam made his crossing to heaven on May 16, 2019, at his home in Hot Springs, Ark. He was born May 3, 1940, in Hot Springs, Ark., to Thomas Fletcher Cotnam Sr. and Effie Mae Cross Cotnam.

He is survived by four children, Clinton Cotnam, of Bedford, Texas, Stacey Shay, of Hot Springs, Daphne Wheaton (and husband David), of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Valerie Cotnam, of Hot Springs; four stepchildren; twelve grandchildren, including Matthew Weir, Justin Cotnam, Lucas Weir, Dalton Tignor, Nicholas Bugos and Lydia Cotnam; five great-grandchildren; three siblings, Thomas Fletcher Jr., Bob Jay Cotnam (wife Pauline), and Peggy Ward (husband James), of Hot Springs; and nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores "Jeanie" Cotnam; his parents; and siblings, Douglas Cotnam, Marie Hunt, Bertha Hughen and Lee Lana Cotnam.

Wayne was a founding member of New Beginnings Free Will Baptist Church, remaining dedicated to his church and his faith until his crossing. During this time he served several board positions and taught adult Sunday school class for 16 years.

Wayne has been a longtime member of the 82nd Airborne Association. He volunteered for the U.S. Army on his seventeenth birthday and served in the Paratroopers elite 82nd Airborne Division. He served his country with pride then returned home to Hot Springs to start his long-haul trucking career in the Teamsters Union retiring in 1994. During that time he drove over a million miles in 43 states.

Wayne was a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans; James M. Keller Camp #648 in Hot Springs since the early 2000's where he served numerous positions on the board of directors, including Adjutant and Camp Treasurer.

One of his most important priorities in life was spending time with all of his family enjoying camping at Lake Ouachita during Memorial Day weekends and gathering with extended family around the dinner table during Thanksgiving.

He will always be adored and respected by his children and remembered by those who knew him for his strong faith in God, his generosity and kind forgiving heart. Dad was always the first to go wherever there was an event or crisis. He was the biggest support in our family. And he will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Wayne's life will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Pastor Pat Spinks officiating. Burial will follow in Newkirk Cemetery in Jessieville.

Pallbearers include Matthew Weir, Justin Cotnam, Lucas Weir, Dalton Tignor, Nick Bugos and Bob J. Cotnam.

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