Hardy L. McKinstry

Hardy L. McKinstry, 79, of Banks, formerly of Wilmar, went to be with his Lord Monday, November 17, 2014, at his home in Banks after a battle with lung cancer.

He was born March 11, 1935, in Drew County to the late Bernice Wright McKinstry and Dorothy Daniels McKinstry of Wilmar. He was a devout Christian, family man, loving husband, father and grandfather, retired postmaster and United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Green Hill Community Baptist Church and was attending First United Methodist Church of Warren where he was a member of the Fisherman’s Sunday School Class. He was also a former Monticello Parks Commission member and volunteer fireman for the Green Hill Fire Department.

He loved being with his family and playing games with them along with taking trips to his favorite places which included Branson, Mo. and Silver Dollar City. Hardy’s other hobbies included fishing, camping, hunting, dancing and watching RFD-TV. As his children described him, “He was the best Pops in the whole world.”

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Cockrell McKinstry of Wilmar and a brother, Dan McKinstry of Little Rock.

Survivors include his wife, Liz McKinstry, of Banks; a daughter, Cindy McKinstry, of Little Rock; two sons, Tim McKinstry (Ashley), of Hector, and Tony McKinstry (Jennifer), of Springdale; a sister, Shirley Burks, of Wilmar; stepdaughters, Colleen Watkins (Perry), of Banks, Stacey Boyette (Brad), of Coral Springs, Fla., and Dana Bugbee (Trent), of Destin, Fla.; four grandchildren, Hannah Trigg (Josh), of Russelleville, Nick McKinstry, of Hector, Zac and Alex McKinstry, both of Springdale; 10 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel. Burial followed in Green Hill Cemetery. 

An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at www.stephensondearman.com.

The Advance-Monticellonian

Mailing Address:
PO Box 486
Monticello, AR 71657

Street Address:
314 Main Street
Monticello, AR 71655

Phone: 870-367-5325
Fax: 870-367-6612


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