Kenneth Earl Hastey, 77 of Mena, Arkansas passed away March 24, 2018 at his home. Kenneth was born in Rochester, Texas on Wednesday, September 11, 1940 to Linnie Virgil and Jesse Hastey.
Kenneth married Glenda LaRue Renfro on April 15, 1960 in Littlefield, Texas. He worked 10 years as a Troubleman for Southwestern Public Service Electric in Littlefield, Texas. They moved to Mena in 1970 and Kenneth worked another 32 years with SWEPCO in Mena. He also wired houses in Mena for Shorty Blake and Bob Philpot. He loved working with his hands and keeping his home in good shape. Always having a heart for people, he paid the electric bill of many customers who were unable to pay. Kenneth worked during storms many times in order for everyone to have power restored to their homes. He was a hard worker and dedicated to his job. Kenneth was active in athletics in school including football and his favorite, baseball. He later coached little league baseball for a number of years. Kenneth was of the Baptist faith and was a member of First Baptist Church for 40 years and then Christ Community Fellowship. He placed his trust in Christ at the age of 9. His greatest pleasure came from his family, especially his grandchildren. His grandchildren were the “light of his life” and he had nicknames for them all, and spent a lot of time with each one. He particularly enjoyed family and school reunions. He loved having coffee and visiting at Kess’ Corner and fishing for crappie and bass. He liked listening to Charlie Pride. During his life his kids remember him almost always being the first to stop at car accidents, always willing to help people. He never wanted anyone or anything to go hungry.
He was preceded in death by his parents Linnie Virgil and Jesse Hastey; his sister, Doris Vick and his brother, Doyle Hastey.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 57 years, Glenda Renfro Hastey of the home; sons and daughters in law, Ken and Doris Hastey and Keith and Alicia Hastey all of Mena; three grandsons, Kalen Hastey of Fayetteville, Liam Hastey and Kaielor Hastey, both of Mena, a granddaughter, Brooke Hastey of Mena; his sister, Imogene Merriott of Wamega, Kansas; his brother in law, Paul Renfro of San Antonio, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews who he loved very much and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March, 28, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Christ Community Fellowship with Dr. Lance Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be general.
Pallbearers will be James Lawrence, John Smith, Philip Hensley, Steve Strother, Stan Chaney, and Paul Horn. Honorary Pallbearers will be Charlie Powell, Gregg Sirmon, Jeff Johnson, Larry Dunaway, Ivan Liles, Robert Quillin, and Bob Philpot.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Christ Community Fellowship building fund. The family of Kenneth Hastey wishes to express their gratitude to Ouachita Regional Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.