Evelyn Halbrook

Evelyn Halbrook

Evelyn Marjorie Benish Halbrook, 89, of Paragould, formerly of Star City and Pine Bluff, died on August 9, 2015.

She attended Arkansas Teacher’s College (now University of Central Arkansas) where she earned her teaching degree and met her husband, Shirrell Halbrook, to whom she was married for 64 years. She went on to complete her graduate studies at the University of Arkansas and spent more than 30 years teaching math and science. She also taught sixth grade.

Mrs. Halbrook was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma professional honorary Society and the First United Methodist Church in Star City before moving to northeast Arkansas. She was known for the love she had for her family and was an accomplished seamstress, cook and an avid reader.

She was born on June 22, 1926 to James and Mary Langer Benish in Hazen, Arkansas, the third of three children.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bill, and a sister, Ethel Benish.

She is survived by two sons, James (Nancy) Halbrook of Jonesboro and Erwin (Dianne) Halbrook of Star City; a daughter, Mary Ann (Tim) Rand of Paragould; a step-daughter, Shirley (Bob) Wolfe of Puyallup, Washington; two grandsons, Max Rand of Little Rock and Heath Halbrook of Star City; two granddaughters, April (Doug) Wood of Novi, Michigan and Heather (Bradley) Wright of Boston, Massachusetts; a great-grandson, Levi Andrew Wright of Boston, and a great-granddaughter, Hazel Evelyn Wood of Novi.

Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Star City on August 16 at 2 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1 preceding the memorial service.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Star City or Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.

Services are provided by Griffin Funeral Service.