Compassionate. Professional. Unique.

The greatest asset of Caruth-Hale Funeral Home is the wonderful people who work here.  We are unique in the fact that the majority of our funeral directors came from outside of the funeral industry.  Our staff was handpicked from pulpits, make-up counters, cable plants, and even business ownership.  Though they came from a broad spectrum of industries, they shared a heart of compassion that was ready and willing to serve.  This not only sets us apart from other funeral homes, but it has resulted in what we believe to be the greatest collection of funeral directors in the country. 

Our directors are knowledgeable and highly trained individuals who will help co-create a funeral service that tells the story of your loved one’s life.  

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Robert Arledge President

Robert joined the funeral home in 1987. He is married to Marsha Hale Arledge and continues the family’s tradition of service excellence.  Robert has served in many capacities including funeral director, crematory manager and General Manager.  He is now serving as the President of Caruth-Hale.  His attention to detail and commitment to providing the tools for his staff to help families celebrate life is the driving force of this firm.  His dedication to an immovable standard of excellence is one of the reasons Caruth-Hale remains among the most elite funeral homes in the nation.

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Phil Hale Vice President

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Marsha Hale Arledge Secretary/Treasurer

Marsha is part of the second generation of the Hale family. After moving to Hot Springs in 1969 with her family, Marsha attended Lakeside High School and began helping her mother with the office and accounting work at the funeral home as young as 16 years old. After graduating from Lakeside and then Hendrix College, Marsha returned home to help lead her family business into the next generation. Today, she serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the company her father bought and built over 40 years ago.

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Kimberly Starr Financial Administrator

Kimberly represents the third generation of the Hale family to serve Hot Springs and the surrounding area through the family business. A 2010 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, Kimberly serves as the Financial Administrator for the funeral home, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother. She has two children and is a lifelong resident of Hot Springs. Kimberly’s desire is to continue the tradition of service which her grandfather established in 1969.

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Andrew Gonzalez Operations Manager / Funeral Director

Andrew joined the Caruth-Hale team during the summer of 2010. He is a native Californian and has called Hot Springs "home" since 2006. He attended Fresno State University, and entered the ministry at the age of 18. He served as youth pastor in Willits, CA, before moving to Hot Springs to begin a pastorate at The Everlasting Gospel Pentecostal Lighthouse. He and his wife Rebecka have three children; Mattison, Drew, and Aybree.

 

Family Comments

"Thank you so much for being Jesus when we needed that. Your kindness, thoughtfulness, and attention were outstanding. You not only excel in your representation of Caruth-Hale, but more than that, of our Savior Jesus. Keep fighting the good fight."


"Thank you for your kindness, caring, and Godly love, your prayers for me and my family, and most of all the seeing to the care of my wonderful husband."

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Gary Clarkson Funeral Director

Gary came to Caruth-Hale in 2008 from a career in business management and manufacturing. His personal commitment is to serve as a guide to families in a time that might otherwise seem dark and lonely. The public ministry Gary is privileged to be a part of through Caruth-Hale has touched him deeply, developing him on both a personal and professional level.

 

Family Comments

"We thank you for your support and prayers during this difficult time. It is very clear to me that comforting people and guiding them through the mourning process is more than just business to you."


"I'd like to express my thanks to you for all your help when my husband passed away. Your personal and professional services were much appreciated as they helped me through that difficult time."

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John Stogsdill Crematory Manager/Embalmer

John is a lifelong resident of the Jessieville/Hot Springs area and an avid sportsman. John discovered his passion for service early, beginning his funeral director’s apprenticeship in his senior year of high school. A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, John is licensed both as an embalmer and funeral director. He joined Caruth-Hale in 1992 and remains dedicated to hometown family service.

 

Family Comments

"Thanks so much for your love and care during the loss of my mom. You guys are truly great. You go above and beyond what's expected of you. I will never forget you."


"I just wanted to say thanks for the beautiful words of comfort. You are a wonderful person to do that. I appreciate it more than words can say. Your words were of great comfort, and I will always remember them and you who wrote them to me."

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Sharon Hussain Funeral Director/Pre-Need Specialist

Sharon joined Caruth-Hale in 1997; her compassion and heart for others have equipped her perfectly to comfort and guide grieving families. Sharon is a licensed funeral director and pre-arrangement specialist; her expertise is a beacon of hope to families who otherwise might feel confused or overwhelmed by grief. Sharon was raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and returned home after 10 years living in Pasadena, California, with her husband. Sharon has six children, including one who went early to Heaven and grew up at Jesus’s side. Her ministry and service to families have led to the formation of deep and lasting bonds, transforming “customers” into lifelong friends.

 

Family Comments

"A month has passed since my husband passed away and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for all your help. It is truly hard to find good companies that deliver great service, but that is certainly what I had in my husband's funeral and burial. The service was handled so smoothly that my sons and I could completely focus on friends and family rather than the details of the service. From the first planning steps through the service and graveside activities, my husband's service was exactly what he and I wanted. I thank all of you for sharing your abilities with me in difficult times."


"I want to thank you for the dignified and sensitive way in which you handled mother's service. I have never seen mother look more beautiful and at peace. That was so comforting for our family. It takes a very special person to do what you do, and Sharon you were amazing beginning to end. Her memory was truly honored."

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Clarence Robinson Funeral Director

Clarence joined Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in 2003 from Raytheon Aircraft, where his work as a materials planner built an attention to detail that serves him well as a licensed funeral director. Clarence is a lifelong resident of Malvern, Arkansas, where he and his wife, Shari, are raising their children through the same high school from which he graduated. Clarence views his work as a ministry to the bereaved and creates a special bond with each family he serves through compassion and understanding.

 

Family Comments

"We wish to thank you and commend you for the obvious and dignified care you provided for my husband and my family. Your respectful care was above and beyond our expectations, which left us with a comforting feeling that he was in the best care on his journey."


"Because of you and all the work you put into my husband's arrangements, everything was beautiful. People are still talking about the beauty of the service. You are very special and have to be called by the Lord to do what you do. Because of your care it made the days so much better."

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Wade Overturf Funeral Director

Wade joined Caruth-Hale in 2015. He is a Malvern native and serves as Pastor of Twin Lakes Baptist Church in Hot Springs. Wade is married to Ashleigh Overturf, and they have two daughters, Payton and Aubrey. He considers funeral directing an extension of the ministry God has given him and strives to serve families with that in mind.

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Danette Henley Family Services Coordinator

Danette joined Caruth-Hale in 2015 with a background in Business Office Management and Human Resources.  Her love and dedication to serving others, attention to detail, and organizational skills have afforded her the opportunity to view her work not just as a job, but as a ministry to those families who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Danette is a mother to four very active children, and despite being born in Georgia, she considers herself to be a native Arkansan and an avid Razorback fan. 

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Kevin Wilson Funeral Assistant

Kevin Wilson came to Caruth-Hale in 2015.  His family consists of his lovely wife Kelly and their dog Bailey. Kevin and Kelly lived in Alaska until they came back to Hot Springs in 2014.  He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology. Kevin has over 10 years’ experience in the mental health care field. In his spare time, he enjoys movies and all genres of music.

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Richard Napierala Funeral Director/Maintenance

Richard and his wife live here in Hot Springs along with their two adult children. He joined Caruth-Hale in 2001 and is a licensed funeral director. Richard’s maintenance work around the funeral home is just part of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that the facilities at Caruth-Hale are among the best in America. Richard enjoys family life and walking his dog around beautiful Hot Springs.

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Robert Arledge

President

Robert joined the funeral home in 1987. He is married to Marsha Hale Arledge and continues the family’s tradition of service excellence.  Robert has served in many capacities including funeral director, crematory manager and General Manager.  He is now serving as the President of Caruth-Hale.  His attention to detail and commitment to providing the tools for his staff to help families celebrate life is the driving force of this firm.  His dedication to an immovable standard of excellence is one of the reasons Caruth-Hale remains among the most elite funeral homes in the nation.

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Phil Hale

Vice President
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Marsha Hale Arledge

Secretary/Treasurer

Marsha is part of the second generation of the Hale family. After moving to Hot Springs in 1969 with her family, Marsha attended Lakeside High School and began helping her mother with the office and accounting work at the funeral home as young as 16 years old. After graduating from Lakeside and then Hendrix College, Marsha returned home to help lead her family business into the next generation. Today, she serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the company her father bought and built over 40 years ago.

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Kimberly Starr

Financial Administrator

Kimberly represents the third generation of the Hale family to serve Hot Springs and the surrounding area through the family business. A 2010 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, Kimberly serves as the Financial Administrator for the funeral home, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother. She has two children and is a lifelong resident of Hot Springs. Kimberly’s desire is to continue the tradition of service which her grandfather established in 1969.

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Andrew Gonzalez

Operations Manager / Funeral Director

Andrew joined the Caruth-Hale team during the summer of 2010. He is a native Californian and has called Hot Springs "home" since 2006. He attended Fresno State University, and entered the ministry at the age of 18. He served as youth pastor in Willits, CA, before moving to Hot Springs to begin a pastorate at The Everlasting Gospel Pentecostal Lighthouse. He and his wife Rebecka have three children; Mattison, Drew, and Aybree.

 

Family Comments

"Thank you so much for being Jesus when we needed that. Your kindness, thoughtfulness, and attention were outstanding. You not only excel in your representation of Caruth-Hale, but more than that, of our Savior Jesus. Keep fighting the good fight."


"Thank you for your kindness, caring, and Godly love, your prayers for me and my family, and most of all the seeing to the care of my wonderful husband."

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Gary Clarkson

Funeral Director

Gary came to Caruth-Hale in 2008 from a career in business management and manufacturing. His personal commitment is to serve as a guide to families in a time that might otherwise seem dark and lonely. The public ministry Gary is privileged to be a part of through Caruth-Hale has touched him deeply, developing him on both a personal and professional level.

 

Family Comments

"We thank you for your support and prayers during this difficult time. It is very clear to me that comforting people and guiding them through the mourning process is more than just business to you."


"I'd like to express my thanks to you for all your help when my husband passed away. Your personal and professional services were much appreciated as they helped me through that difficult time."

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John Stogsdill

Crematory Manager/Embalmer

John is a lifelong resident of the Jessieville/Hot Springs area and an avid sportsman. John discovered his passion for service early, beginning his funeral director’s apprenticeship in his senior year of high school. A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, John is licensed both as an embalmer and funeral director. He joined Caruth-Hale in 1992 and remains dedicated to hometown family service.

 

Family Comments

"Thanks so much for your love and care during the loss of my mom. You guys are truly great. You go above and beyond what's expected of you. I will never forget you."


"I just wanted to say thanks for the beautiful words of comfort. You are a wonderful person to do that. I appreciate it more than words can say. Your words were of great comfort, and I will always remember them and you who wrote them to me."

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Sharon Hussain

Funeral Director/Pre-Need Specialist

Sharon joined Caruth-Hale in 1997; her compassion and heart for others have equipped her perfectly to comfort and guide grieving families. Sharon is a licensed funeral director and pre-arrangement specialist; her expertise is a beacon of hope to families who otherwise might feel confused or overwhelmed by grief. Sharon was raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and returned home after 10 years living in Pasadena, California, with her husband. Sharon has six children, including one who went early to Heaven and grew up at Jesus’s side. Her ministry and service to families have led to the formation of deep and lasting bonds, transforming “customers” into lifelong friends.

 

Family Comments

"A month has passed since my husband passed away and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for all your help. It is truly hard to find good companies that deliver great service, but that is certainly what I had in my husband's funeral and burial. The service was handled so smoothly that my sons and I could completely focus on friends and family rather than the details of the service. From the first planning steps through the service and graveside activities, my husband's service was exactly what he and I wanted. I thank all of you for sharing your abilities with me in difficult times."


"I want to thank you for the dignified and sensitive way in which you handled mother's service. I have never seen mother look more beautiful and at peace. That was so comforting for our family. It takes a very special person to do what you do, and Sharon you were amazing beginning to end. Her memory was truly honored."

photo

Clarence Robinson

Funeral Director

Clarence joined Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in 2003 from Raytheon Aircraft, where his work as a materials planner built an attention to detail that serves him well as a licensed funeral director. Clarence is a lifelong resident of Malvern, Arkansas, where he and his wife, Shari, are raising their children through the same high school from which he graduated. Clarence views his work as a ministry to the bereaved and creates a special bond with each family he serves through compassion and understanding.

 

Family Comments

"We wish to thank you and commend you for the obvious and dignified care you provided for my husband and my family. Your respectful care was above and beyond our expectations, which left us with a comforting feeling that he was in the best care on his journey."


"Because of you and all the work you put into my husband's arrangements, everything was beautiful. People are still talking about the beauty of the service. You are very special and have to be called by the Lord to do what you do. Because of your care it made the days so much better."

photo

Wade Overturf

Funeral Director

Wade joined Caruth-Hale in 2015. He is a Malvern native and serves as Pastor of Twin Lakes Baptist Church in Hot Springs. Wade is married to Ashleigh Overturf, and they have two daughters, Payton and Aubrey. He considers funeral directing an extension of the ministry God has given him and strives to serve families with that in mind.

photo

Danette Henley

Family Services Coordinator

Danette joined Caruth-Hale in 2015 with a background in Business Office Management and Human Resources.  Her love and dedication to serving others, attention to detail, and organizational skills have afforded her the opportunity to view her work not just as a job, but as a ministry to those families who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Danette is a mother to four very active children, and despite being born in Georgia, she considers herself to be a native Arkansan and an avid Razorback fan. 

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Kevin Wilson

Funeral Assistant

Kevin Wilson came to Caruth-Hale in 2015.  His family consists of his lovely wife Kelly and their dog Bailey. Kevin and Kelly lived in Alaska until they came back to Hot Springs in 2014.  He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology. Kevin has over 10 years’ experience in the mental health care field. In his spare time, he enjoys movies and all genres of music.

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Richard Napierala

Funeral Director/Maintenance

Richard and his wife live here in Hot Springs along with their two adult children. He joined Caruth-Hale in 2001 and is a licensed funeral director. Richard’s maintenance work around the funeral home is just part of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that the facilities at Caruth-Hale are among the best in America. Richard enjoys family life and walking his dog around beautiful Hot Springs.