SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Rev. Robert Dean Hency, 75, died at 9:10 a.m. Feb. 18, 2002, at his home.
Born Aug. 2, 1926, in Oran, son of the late Elmer and Elba Simmons Hency Sr., he was a petty officer with the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He owned and operated Dean's Grocery in Oran and retired as bookkeeper for Construction Local Union 282 in Cape Girardeau. A retired Baptist minister, he had served as pastor of Commerce Baptist Church for 16 years and had also worked for Holden Psychiatric Institute in Springdale until November 2000.
On July 1, 1950, he married Gwanda June Yokley who preceded him in death on Sept. 24, 1996.
Survivors include: one son, Robert Hency of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; two daughters, Shauna Holden of Springdale and Ladeana Hency of Bentonville; three brothers, Gerald "Red" Hency of Granite City, Ill., Doyle Hency of O'Fallon, Mo., and Bill Hency of Oran; one sister, Opal Dennis of Oran; and five grandchildren.
One grandchild and one brother also preceded him in death.
Visitation is after 4 p.m. Thursday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Oran with Dr. Rodney Goodsell and Dr. Donnie Holden officiating.
Military graveside rites will be conducted at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens near Morley.