The J.B. Hunt trucking company has announced the death of founder J.B. Hunt, who has been hospitalized since a fall. The news release:
J. B. Hunt Transport Services regretfully announces the death of our founder Johnnie Bryan Hunt, Sr. Mr. Hunt was 79 years old.
Mr. Hunt retired from active service to the Company in 1995 but remained on the Board of Directors until 2004. After retiring from the Company, Mr. Hunt spent the last eleven years passionately pursuing new opportunities as a private investor in real estate, construction, development and other activities. A staunch supporter in the development of Northwest Arkansas, Mr. Hunt was an outspoken ambassador for the growth in the region who put his money where his mouth was by engaging in several projects that dot the Northwest Arkansas landscape and stand as a testimony to his progressive spirit.
Although Mr. Hunt had diversified his interests to nclude a broad array of businesses and projects, he and his wife of 54 years, Johnelle, remains the largest shareholder of JBHT stock. Serving as co-managers of J.B. Hunt, LLC, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt have remained significant long-term holders of our stock and supporters of the Company. Mrs. Hunt and their son, Bryan, remain as Directors of the Company.
The son of Depression-era sharecroppers from rural Arkansas, J.B. leaves us with a legacy of hard work, family values, the importance of faith, the example of what determination can accomplish, an appreciation for philanthropy and a ton of memories.