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Burnell Henry, age 77

Burnell Henry, age 77, of Beebe, Arkansas passed away Monday, December 11, 2023. She was born in Opal, Arkansas on December 25, 1945 to Troy Bailey and Veneda Bates.

Burnell is preceded in death by her father Troy Bailey; her mother Veneda Holtrop; stepfather Bill Holtrop; stepmother Effie May Bailey; siblings Larry Bailey, Gary Bailey, Tina Cullins, Terry Bailey, Ronnie Bailey, Pat Byrd, Velma Topham, Rose Shipman and Mary Johnson; and her sons Rex Boudreaux and Ronald White.

She is survived by her children Donna Starkey (James) and Joseph Boudreaux (Amy); 9 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; siblings Benny Bailey, Ricky Bailey, Carol Gunter, and Steven Bailey; along with many more friends and extended family.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Donna Starkey Posted December 20, 2023 6:27 PM

    I will for ever miss you my sweet beautiful momma.
    I love you 💗

  • Joseph Troy Boudreaux Posted December 20, 2023 6:59 PM

    I Love and miss you MoMA till we see each other again

  • Veneda Lucille Allison Posted December 21, 2023 11:00 AM

    My sweet beautiful Grandma. I love you more than any words I say can ever express. I miss you more now than i knew I ever I could. I love the relationship that you shared with my daughter and all of the memories we have together. Fly High Grandma. You will Forever be my Best Friend💜

  • Gary Johnson Posted December 21, 2023 11:44 AM

    My fondest memory of Aunt Burnell. Is when she started driving a truck. She was so happy that she was driving that truck. I remember her coming down highway 5. Just blowing that air horn all the way past Grandma’s house.
    And when I got my CDL and started driving a truck. She was so happy for me and congratulated me on getting them. And told me she hoped to see me out on the road someday. And said she would buy me a cup of coffee. That really touched me that she was so proud of me. And she had a smile that would just light up the room.
    I sure do love you, Aunt Burnell, and you will truly be missed.

  • Suzanne Griffith Posted December 21, 2023 11:45 AM

    My sweet aunt. I remember her gumbo she cooked. She simmered it all day….. RIP till we meet again..

  • Jeremy shipman Posted December 21, 2023 12:05 PM

    Aunt Burnell I hope you are resting in peace I know things were tough but but you are now with you brothers and sisters I remember the time when me momma and aunt Mary went to Texas to visit aunt duck

  • Vanessa Kirk Posted December 21, 2023 3:34 PM

    My sweet Mawmaw Nell ❤️ I’m sure the reason I am more upset then I am sad is because I didn’t spend as much time with you as an adult as I did a child. I will forever cherish every moment we have spent together. From riding with you in the big truck, to bringing the kiddos by to see you! Love you so much and you’ll forever be in my heart. Now go write a story you can’t wait to tell me from the other side ❤️

  • Felicia cowart Posted December 22, 2023 7:47 AM

    I love you

  • Joseph cowart Posted December 22, 2023 9:51 AM

    My sweet & beautiful maw maw, I love you so much and miss you dearly. Until I see you again. ❤️❤️
    Ps I’ll always eat potato salad with my gumbo. Makes it 1000 times more delicious.

  • Donna Posted December 23, 2023 7:01 AM

    Momma you left us way too soon. I’m Going to miss our late night talk . And talking about how much we both miss going on the big truck. . Remember Bambi? Lol. We still laugh about that today. . It brokme from talking a lot on the CB radio. . I also will not forget our trip to Montana, I will go back someday and when I do I’ll be thinking abo all the fun and crazy stuff that we done togetherm so thankful that I had you as my mother. And for all of the great memories we shared. RIP and till we see each other again. I love you

  • Claudette Lusty Posted December 23, 2023 11:01 AM

    Remembering school days They double dates Going swimming in
    an old pond behind your house and I didn’t even know how to swim
    We had lots of good times together Rest in Peace.

  • Amber Hewitt Posted December 23, 2023 11:05 AM

    When I was in the 7th grade, I got to travel with aunt Burnell from Bakersfield California to Leggett Texas, in her 18 wheeler!! It was so much fun!! She taught me how to talk on the CB radio!!

  • Malinda Cheshire Posted December 23, 2023 11:08 AM

    My beautiful aunt, you will be missed. She was a special woman that can’t be matched. I remember the time she took mama and me to Gifford with Donna. I was so excited to get dressed up and go with them. She picked us up in her new little car and we had a blast. One of the best memories I have of both mama and aunt bernell. I believe Jeremy might have been with us. I love you aunt bernell. Your all together again.

  • Monica Posted December 23, 2023 12:54 PM

    Oh boy were to start, Auntie Burnell was a sweet sweet soul, always had a smile. One thing I learned from her is that women can do anything they put their mind to. I learned this when she started driving a flatbed truck I could not believe it and thought wow if my Auntie Burnell can do that than I can do whatever I want in life. You will be greatly missed.

  • Priscilla Posted December 23, 2023 2:21 PM

    I sure do miss u Aunt Barnell, gumbo u made no one will ever replace ur cooking. Go rest high on thar mountain. Catch up with ur siblings. Love u

  • Shirley Boudreaux Posted December 24, 2023 7:27 AM

    I love you mom

  • Shannon Amanda Bailey, Danner Posted December 24, 2023 9:15 PM

    I remember one time Dad was in the hospital and Aunt Burnell picked me and Chris up to take us to Little Rock to be with mom and dad. She had the smallest little car. A little red Geo metro. And of course it was rush hour and all I could think was we needed a bigger vehicle especially with all the big trucks. Aunt Burnall acted like she was in. A big rig herself. It didnt bother her at all and I was so nervous. When dad first found out that dad had cancer everytime she came home ahe would always come see him and it would make his day to see her. She will surely be missed, but she’s in heaven with all her loved ones that has left before and and I know she’s celebrating her birthday with everyone most important our Lord and Savior Jesus.

  • Donna Posted December 25, 2023 11:26 PM

    Happy heavenly birthday my sweet beautiful momma I miss and love you 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

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