Robert Halsell

Robert "Bob" D. Halsell, 52, passed away on May 16, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was born on Nov. 3, 1960 in Las Vegas, N.M., the son of Thomas "Tom" R. and Shelby K. (Abel) Halsell. Bob grew up in Hatch, N.M. and graduated from Hatch Valley High School in 1979. He was an outstanding football and basketball player. He was also actively involved in FFA and was member of the 1978 National Meat Judging Championship team. Bob enlisted into the U.S. Army in May 1979 at Fort Bliss, Texas. He served the majority of his career in the 101 Fort Drum, N.Y. His deployments included Southwest Asia, Bosnia/Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. His medals are numerous and rightfully earned: Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, eight Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Meads, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Noncommissioned Officer's Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver Mechanic Badge, and the Bronze German Armed Forces Parachutist Badge. He retired from the Army in September 2005 at Fort Drum and received the Legion of Merit Award. Upon retirement, Bob returned to Clarksville, Tenn. to breed and raise horses. But, retirement did not last too long and he began working for several defense contracting companies until the time of his death. Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Shelby K. Halsell; father-in-law and mother in-law, Clyde F. and Ople "Vicki" Hall; maternal grandparents, Mildred Edith "Mickey" McCormack and August Abel; paternal grandparents, Thomas Eli "Buster" and Jessie Halsell; maternal great-grandparents, Oral and Anna Thurston, August William and Hedwig Agusta Caroline Abel; and aunt Patricia G. Halsell. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jeannene Halsell of Clarksville; children, Deanna Lea Herrington and husband, Kip, of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Kathryn Elizabeth Halsell and fiancée, Sascha Arrington, of Hobbs, N.M.; Cody Tyrell Halsell of Clarksville and Randy McCullough of Clarksville; grandchildren, Joel T. Rittenberry; Sabrina N. McCullough, Selena T. McCullough, Brody A. McCullough, Gage Herrington, Kyan Herrington, Thomas Patterson and Liliana Bryn Henderson; father, Thomas R. Halsell and wife, Barbara of Hatch; sisters, Kathryn Anne Anderson and husband, David, of Prosper, Texas; Jessie Lynne Newton and husband, Jim, of Aloha, Ore.; uncles, Bill Abel and wife, Ruth of La Junta, Colo., and Bill Halsell and wife, June, of Rincon, N.M.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Floral tributes will be welcomed or contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at The visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Neal-TarpleyParchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison St., Clarksville, TN. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in the Liberty Chapel at Fort Campbell, Ky. Interment with full military honors will follow at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, 5817 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, Ky. A memorial service will be held in his hometown of Hatch during the summer and will be announced. Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison St., Clarksville, TN 37040. Online condolences may be made at

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Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home
1510 Madison Street Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 645-6488

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 26, 2013