Famous Trucker, J.B Hunt (1927 – 2006)

Johnnie Bryan Hunt was born on February 28, 1927 and died on December 7, 2006 at 79 years of age.

He had been hospitalized at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Arkansas after falling on the ice and suffering a head injury.

J.B. Hunt founded the largest publicly owned trucking company in North America, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, in 1969. It is now a Fortune 500 Company. He had retired from trucking operations in 1995 and served as senior chairman of the board. He and his wife, Johnelle, were the largest shareholders of the company through J.B. Hunt LLC.

Johnnie Bryan and Johnelle were active on several national transportation boards and, in 2001, were inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

Born in Heber Springs, Arkansas, Hunt’s first job was at a sawmill working for his uncle. In the 1950s, he was a lumber salesman, auctioneer, and truck driver before starting a business with his wife in 1961.

He was a very generous man and often helped people he felt needed money.

See the J.B. Hunt Story at https://youtu.be/TjfHchzNuQY.