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2021 Arkansas River Valley Black Hall of Fame

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Mrs. Lackey was born Barbara Jo Enoch to William Joe and Josephine Moore-Enoch on May 27, 1942 in Russellville, AR.

 

After attending first grade at James School in Russellville, she moved with her parents to Little Rock. Mrs. Lackey loved Russellville (and Dardanelle) so much that she returned for every Summer vacation to spend time with her friends and grandparents.

 

In 1957, Mrs. Lackey entered high school at Horace Mann High School in Little Rock, but at the beginning of her Junior year, Orville Faubus closed Little Rock Schools in order to prevent desegregation. She attended Chicot County High School in Dermott, AR her Junior year and returned to Little Rock her Senior year to graduate from Horace Mann in 1960.

 

Mrs. Lackey began her college career at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. During her sophomore year, she married her sweetheart from Fayetteville, Billy Ray Lackey. Mr. Lackey deployed shortly afterward to Italy for a year with the United States Air Force. While gone, Mrs. Lackey transferred to Arkansas Tech to be near family while completing her studies. Upon Mr. Lackey’s return from Italy, and a brief break to begin building their family while stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Mrs. Lackey returned to Arkansas Tech, and in 1968 she became one of the first black students to graduate from Arkansas Tech University.

 

With her degree in Sociology, Mrs. Lackey has gone on to hold several positions that have offered her the opportunity to live out her passion---helping others; none of which she loved and cherished more than her job as Social Worker with the Russellville School District.

 

Mrs. Lackey is known to be very resourceful, and she has always found her greatest joy in helping children and families. If there’s a need, she will find a way to fill it, not stopping until she does.

 

Mrs. Lackey now enjoys retirement while spending time with her 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren, all the while keeping an eye out for the opportunity to help someone in need.

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Tyrone Williamson was a lifelong resident of Russellville, AR. He was a loving son, a devoted husband, father, and man of God.

 

He was raised by his parents L.V. and Elizabeth Williamson. As a child Tyrone and his siblings learned the cleaning business from their dad who owned and operated Williamson and Sons Janitorial Service, which was one of the first Black owned businesses in the city of Russellville.

 

Tyrone was a dedicated leader in the River Valley community. His accomplishments include: President of the Russellville chapter of the Jaycees, Russellville City Constable, Employee for Arkansas Power & Light and Entergy, Owner of the Tyrone Williamson Cleaning Service, Coach for adult and youth softball and basketball teams thru the Boys & Girls Club, Member of the River Valley Progressive Mens Club, Associate Minister of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, Substitute teacher in the Russellville School district, Board member of the Salvation Army, Board member of ARVAC, First African American to service as alderman on the Russellville City Council, and he was the First African American elected Mayor of the City of Russellville.

 

Tyrone Williamson dedicated most of his life to serving his church, his family, and our community. He saw himself as a voice for the people of Russellville - always focusing on opportunities for our residents and future generations.

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Mr Randall Hendrix was born in Russellville, Arkansas on October 4th, 1909. 

 

He worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad for over 35 years, and as a coal miner. Later in life, he served as the nightwatchman for the Russellville housing authority at Glenwood house. At Glenwood he was a member of sovereign grand lodge, a free and accepted masons world chapter of Order of the Eastern Star. He was also a member of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for over 50 years.

 

He was well known for his love for his community. He was a member of the urban renewal board which gave life to the James Park neighborhood. With the members of the neighborhood, he spearheaded the push for James Park which is now a thriving part of our community.

 

Mr. Hendrix was also a driving part in the preservation of the historic train depot located in downtown Russellville.

 

Randall Hendrix was 91 when he passed away on July 18th, 2001.