JB Hunt, Trucking Company Founder, Dead at 79

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell, Ark. announced Thursday the death of founder Johnnie Bryan Hunt Sr., 79, who had been injured in a fall at his home on Saturday.

Born in Cleburne County in 1927, Hunt started J.B. Hunt Co., a rice hull business, in 1961. In 1969, he started J.B. Hunt Transport with five trucks and seven refrigerated trailers as a sideline to support his rice hull business. His efforts made way for the evolution to J.B. Hunt Transportation Services Inc. of Lowell, now a publicly traded company.

Hunt gave up his position of company president in 1982 but continued to serve as chairman until 1995. He took on the title senior chairman, turning over day-to-day operations. In 2004, Hunt fully retired from the company and focused on his real estate development venture, the Pinnacle Group.

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