Born 3-3-1925 -- Died 8-24-2002
James Hayden Kankey, 77, son of the late James William and Nora Long Kankey was born March 3, 1925, in Wideman, Ark. He died Aug. 24, 2002, in Mountain Home. He was married to Blonda Sherrill on Dec. 31, 1950, in Batesville, and to this union, two children were born. During his working years, he owned and operated the Wideman Store. He was also employed by the shirt factory in Melbourne and Salem, and enjoyed raising cattle on his farm. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the American Legion.Survivors are two daughters and one son-in-law, Phyllis Emerson of Melbourne and Patricia and Kirk Miller also of Melbourne; one sister, Mildred Kankey of Wideman; five grandchildren; Jason Miller, Mandy Miller, Luke Miller, Abbi Miller and Nick Miller; and a host of other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one sister, Vetral Robins; one brother-in-law, Flavil Robins; and one son-in-law, David Emerson.Services were Aug. 27, at the roman and Billy Howard Memorial Chapel with Doyne Robertson officiating. Burial was in the Wideman Cemetery with arrangements by Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.Pallbearers were Gamelliel Jones, Darrell Ball, Kim Yancey, Charles Townsend, Joe Washington, and Morris Jones.