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Arthur Warren Hastings

April 4, 1941 - December 29, 2021

Arthur Warren Hastings, age 80, of Frisco, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.  He was born in Amarillo, Texas, on April 4, 1941, to Minnie Margaret (Shumate) and Guy Warren Hastings.

Art grew up in Houston.  He attended high school at Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas, graduating in 1959.  He attended Univ. of Texas for one year before transferring to University of North Texas, where he received his BA degree in 1963.  He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi.  Art made many close friends at UNT that have lasted throughout his lifetime.  Soon after graduation, he married Jean McCann Hastings and they had many happy years together before she passed away in 2003.   He was also preceded in death by his parents, Margaret Hastings Ames and Guy Warren Hastings.

Art was a true Texan and a proud American.  In 1966, he was drafted by the US Army, and after training, was sent to S. Vietnam as a 2nd Lieutenant and soon became Captain.  He was in charge of a M.A.S.H. unit until his discharge in 1969.  Upon returning from Vietnam, he entered Trinity University in San Antonio and received his MS degree in Healthcare in 1971.

After graduation from Trinity, he began a longtime career in hospital administration, managing hospitals in Lubbock, Paris, TX, Memphis and Murfreesboro, TN.  Art was hired by Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Murfreesboro, in 1986, as the hospital’s first chief executive officer.  During his tenure with MTMC, he led the facility through multiple expansions of the physical plant and the launching of new clinical services.  It was under Art’s leadership that the idea of building a replacement facility was first contemplated.

Art retired in 2002 and returned to the Dallas area to be closer to family.   Several years after Jean’s death, he met Shirley (Small) Warren, and they were married April 20, 2012.   He and Shirley enjoyed life together and spent a lot of time traveling, spending time with friends, dinners, movies, concerts, plays, etc.  Art was an avid bridge player and always enjoyed his Monday bridge games at Frisco Lakes. He was also an avid sports fan, particularly the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Astros, and watched every game he possibly could.  Golf was also a favorite hobby and he was very proud of once hitting a hole-in-one.

Art was a wonderful Christian man and always lived by his strong faith.  He was a loyal friend, neighbor and community leader.  He was always a call away to help family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Hastings, grandson, Noah Bryan, first cousins - Rubin Millerborg (Ann), Kenneth Shumate (Sandra) and Jean Burchett.   Also, Jean’s sister, Carol Stowe (George) and children Cari Milyo, Debi Reed, Essence Stowe and Rob Sutton.  Art and Jean were also godparents to 10 children and hosted 11 foreign exchange students through the years. 

A Celebration of Art’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main Street, Frisco, TX 75034. To see the live stream, please visit https://gasanctuary.online.church/   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Shirley, I hope you find comfort and strength from all the prayers being lifted up for you. I am so sorry for your loss of Art. Hugs and prayers, Cindy Cindy Sill, January 15, 2022 We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jenifer and Bill Slutz, January 15, 2022 God Bless you Brothers Hastings, you will be missed. YITBOS Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity North Texas State University Gamma Xi Chapter Mike Cox, January 9, 2022 Art was a good friend and neighbor in Frisco. He loved Shirley so much and loved their ventures together, especially dancing and attending cultural events. They complemented each other so well. Art loved good conversation and ours always left me with new insights. I loved that he and Shirley took the time to meet me and Julie for lunch when they visited Nashville. It was easy for my daughter to see why I loved this couple so much! Martha Gonzales, January 8, 2022 Although I am a new resident of this community, I understand what you must be going thru. My heartfelt blessings go out to you and your family. Roslyn Turner, January 7, 2022