Mary Evelyn Massengill

Mary Evelyn Massengill, age 88, of Clarksville died on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lance W. Massengill, and a daughter, Gail Young. She is survived by son, Warren Massengill of Little Rock; son, Norman Massengill and his wife Robin of Russellville, and daughter Sondra and her husband Richard McKelvey of Clarksville. Other survivors are a brother, Eugene Ritter of Concord, Ark., and a sister, Floy Brent of Belton, Mo. She had eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mrs. Massengill was the last survivor of three couples—father, two sons, and their wives—who built their own "photo trailers" and traveled the state during the late 1930's to county fairs, reunions and town squares making photographs. A collection of over 700 of these photos, along with a diary and log book, has been beautifully rendered in an exhibit currently at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock. These photos of rural and small-town Arkansans from the Depression era are historically and artistically significant, according to Maxine Payne, Hendrix College Art Professor and a family friend, who produced the exhibit and an art book titled "Making Pictures—Three for a Dime". Arrangements are by Cremation Association of Arkansas, 201 N. Izard, Little Rock, Ark. 72201 (501-975-1002). To sign the online guest register please go to:

Published November 21, 2010

Upcoming Events