Henrietta Burge Durrett

November 4, 1929April 4, 2021

Henrietta McClure Burge Durrett died on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, at the age of 91. She was born in Fouke, Arkansas, on November 4, 1929, to Lucius Eugene Burge, Sr. and Addie McClure Burge. She had one brother, L. E. Burge, Jr.

After moving frequently during her childhood, she graduated from El Dorado High School in 1947. She spent 32 years working for Lion Oil Company, and then worked 13 years for Transport Company until her retirement.

Henrietta married George Walton “Smiley” Durrett in 1950, and they had one son, Craig Walton Durrett. She cherished Craig as he grew up and became a respected journalist. During his trips back home she loved serving his Southern favorites like turnip greens, pork chops, and hot water cornbread. She adored his children and their young families who were the lights of her life.

Always known for being fun-loving, Hen enjoyed many high school reunions through the years, and she even sent Christmas cards at age 89 that included a picture of herself sitting on Santa’s knee. She loved traveling to North Arkansas to see the fall foliage.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, husband, and son, and is survived by daughter-in-law Miriam Durrett, granddaughter Elizabeth Rose and husband John, grandson Philip Durrett and wife Marie, and by her great-grandsons, Andrew Rose and Isaac Durrett.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2021 in Young’s Chapel, with visitation following. Please wear masks and observe social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 3209 West Hillsboro St., El Dorado, AR 71730.

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  • Memorial Service

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Visitation Immediately Following the Service

    Monday, April 12, 2021


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Wendy Walton

April 11, 2021

Hen was one of the 1st lifelong friends I made when I went to work for Lion Oil Company in Sept 1966. She was always smiling and had a wonderful personality. She and Smiley were the perfect couple. We younger girls would have Hen to go to when our love interest didn't pan out. She just knew what to say to make you feel better. To know Hen was to know you had a great friend.
Will miss you Hen, although I know you, Smiley and Chad are getting csught up. Love you Henryetta.

Wendy Evans Walton.

Terry & Betty Williams

April 11, 2021

Sorry for your loss our prayers are with you.She was a great friend of ours will be missed.

Bill Durrett

April 7, 2021

My Aunt Henrietta was always a child at heart. In 1952 she and Smiley visited us in NJ. We went sightseeing in Manhattan to see the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park. While that was fun, Henrietta told me best memory she had of the trip was skipping dinner at the "adult table" to eat dinner with me (her nephew) in the parlor to watch Howdy Doody on a Philco 10" cabinet TV. Rest in Peace Aunt Hen, you brought joy and laughter into our family.

Barbara Shumaker

April 7, 2021

Henrietta was my Step Aunt. Her beloved brother was my Step Dad. Hen and I became quite close after my husband passed. We talked and laughed, sharing so many thoughts and memories, and I came to love her very much. She was a wise, cheerful, lovely lady, who adored her family. She will be terribly missed!

Nelson Post

April 7, 2021

I’ve known Mrs. Henrietta for years, but my wife Angie, and I came to know and love her really well in the last year or so. It was our pleasure and honor to help her out during the COVID pandemic. She was a “pistol”! Always a joy to be around. She shared with me that she and my mom shared a hospital room when her son and my younger brother were born. Mrs. Henrietta was always so grateful for anything we helped her with. What she never knew was she did more for us than we could ever do for her. The joy of knowing and doing for her is something we will both never forget. We already miss her, but we take comfort in the assurance that she is with our Lord and is reunited with her loved ones in heaven. Rest In Peace Mrs. Henrietta, we love you.

Debbie Bashford

April 7, 2021

Henrietta was a wonderful neighbor to me for many
years. I moved from there about 32 years ago but we
have stayed in contact all this time. I could always expect
a funny birthday card & a note that we needed to get together
and catch up. She will surely be missed.

Micheal & Debbie Bashford

Gordene Moore

April 6, 2021

Henrietta and I have been email buddies for several years and continued during the COVID pandemic. She loved to get "funnies" from me and never failed to tell me how they made her smile and smiling was something Hen did better than anyone I know. Her friends will all miss her. So sorry for your loss. She was a treasure.

Cathy Wilhelm

April 6, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Hen's passing. We loved her at the office and will miss her greatly. She was a sweetheart of a lady.

Sherry Case

April 5, 2021

My mom and her were good friends for years. My moms best friend lived next door, Mary Bealer. Im so sorry for your loss.