HEARN, DEANNA F. - Faulkner County, Arkansas | DEANNA F. HEARN - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Deanna F. HEARN

Faith Baptist Cemetery
Faulkner County,

Beloved Wife, Mother and Daughter

November 10, 1970
May 22, 2004

Deanna Hearn killed in motorcycle mishap
Log Cabin Staff Writer
Published Sunday, May 23, 2004

Deanna Yancey Hearn, 33, a community volunteer for many causes and an essential member of the Log Cabin Democrat family, was killed Saturday morning in a motorcycle accident in Greenbrier.

She was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her husband, Sgt. Larry Hearn, a member of the Conway Police Department, when their motorcycle collided at 8:15 a.m. with a car pulling out of the Greenbrier Travel Senter on Highway 65.

Brad A. Roberson, 18, who was driving the 1993 Toyota Corolla involved in the accident, told Greenbrier police he did not see the motorcycle because a large truck going the same direction as the motorcycle blocked his view. Roberson was attempting to turn north onto the highway and the truck and motorcycle were traveling south.

Police said Roberson's birthday was Saturday and he had graduated Friday night from Greenbrier High School.

A witness at the Travel Senter said an off-duty Conway firefighter, Jason Burroughs of Greenbrier, was on the scene and rendered aid.

Deanna Hearn was taken by Air-Evac to Conway Regional Medical Center but died at the hospital. Larry Hearn was admitted to the hospital with injuries to a leg and shoulder.

Police said the Hearns were not wearing helmets.

According to Jim Yancey, Deanna's father, Larry Hearn was expected to be released from the hospital today.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Greenbrier.

The news of Mrs. Hearn's death shocked friends, co-workers and church members who flocked to the emergency room as they heard the news.

"Deanna grew up at the Log Cabin," said Publisher Scot Morrissey. "She dedicated her whole professional life to this newspaper."

She went to work for the Log Cabin when she was in high school, beginning as a telemarketer in the circulation department. After graduation, she soon moved up, working as an administrative assistant in the circulation department, the editorial department and as the administrative assistant to former publishers Frank Robins and Mike Hengel.

Mrs. Hearn's father was business manager of the newspaper for years, and when he retired, she took on many of his duties, especially related to the systems - computers, telephones, prepress operations - that keep the newspaper running smoothly.

She was self-taught, reading all she could find about new computers, and she was successful at helping the paper develop a pagination system, the first in the company to accomplish that, Morrissey said.

"A newspaper this small, we're like a family. We're a local, family newspaper, and Deanna personified that. She was proud to be here, proud of what she had accomplished," Morrissey said.

Her community activities were many, and all she helped, Morrissey said, will feel her loss.

Jim Rhodes, director of prevention services for Community Service, Inc., said he first met Mrs. Hearn when she was president of the Faulkner County Chapter of Arkansans for Drug-Free Youth.

"Deanna had such a passion for the community. She was committed to empowering young people to make positive choices. She chaired the Red Ribbon events for several years.

"We are less of a community without her."

Mrs. Hearn was also a member of the Conway Optimist Club, becoming involved with the group after they assisted her when the Hearns' daughter, Becca, now 11, was diagnosed with a hearing loss. Mrs. Hearn was set to serve as club secretary next year.

The Hearns' son, Lance, 17, just completed his junior year at Greenbrier High School.

According to Samantha Huseas, a former co-worker now with the United Way, Mrs. Hearn's favorite project was the Angel Tree program benefiting the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas, but she also served on a United Way site visit team, participated each year in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, and was scheduled to be on the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life team.

The family members are active in Faith Baptist Church in Greenbrier.

Joe Mosby, longtime Log Cabin outdoor writer and a friend of the family, was among those co-workers expressing pain at the loss of Mrs. Hearn.

"Deanna's family has lost a wife, mother and daughter. The Log Cabin has lost its go-to person. She was a key part of this newspaper's daily operation as well as a dear friend to all of us," Mosby said.

Morrissey said he and Mrs. Hearn were scheduled to leave Saturday to attend a technical seminar in Augusta, Ga., where the newspaper's corporate headquarters are located.

"Deanna was nervous about leaving town. Not the flying part, but she was mostly concerned about how things would go while she was gone, how the pieces would fit together while she was not here," Morrissey said.

"I know we'll get along, but I don't know how."

"In loving memory"

Contributed on 1/2/09 by mountain_veteran
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