LTC Michael Stephen Chenault, 76, of Harrison, passed away on April 2, 2017 in Little Rock.
He was born on April 17, 1940 and raised in Bradley County in the home of Mr. Gold DeArmond. He attended Warren High School. He was preceded in death by his mother Mildred DeArmond Chenault O’Neal and her husband, Martin O’Neal and his father Mikael Chenault.
He married Judy Carol Wilson of Monticello in 1961 and joined the Army soon thereafter. He served in the U.S. Army for 24 years. His service included duty overseas in Vietnam where he flew attack helicopters in 1966-67 and commanded with the 101st Air Mobile Division in 1970-71. Among his many assignments, he served as a member of a team tasked with rewriting the Army Infantry Tactics at Fort Leavenworth, a troop command at Fort Campbell with the 101st Airborne Division and service with USAREUR in Heidelberg Germany.
After retirement, he received a Master’s Degree in history from Arkansas State University and moved with his wife, Judy, to Harrison, Arkansas. There, they enjoyed their retirement doing exactly what he wanted to do when the mood struck him, whether raising cattle or building picture frames. In his later years, he took joy in feeding large herds of wild deer and birds and shooting the squirrels that robbed the bird feeder.
LTC. Chenault is survived by his wife of 55 years Judy Carol Chenault; three sons Michael Zane and his wife Peggy Chenault, Davis Clark Chenault, Stephen Kent Chenault and his wife Dr. Kathryn Chenault; a daughter, Nicole Leigh McMurry and her husband Anthony “Tony” McMurry, and 11 grandchildren, Margaret Clarice Chenault, Michael O’Neal Chenault, Sophia Chenault, Amelia Chenault, Henry Chenault, Wyatt Chenault, Rachel Chenault, Hayden “Pete” Chenault, Wilson Chenault, Dakota McMurry and Aiden McMurry.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at Stephenson-Dearman Home in Monticello. Burial with military honors will be at the Green-Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday night from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.