Long-time members of Division 219 in Shreveport reach Honor Roll
George F. Henley
George F. Henley of BLET Division 219 (Shreveport, La.) celebrated 47 years of continuous BLET membership on May 12.
Following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and uncles, Henley began his railroad career as a clerk on the Texas & Pacific in Shreveport in 1943. He went firing on July 13, 1948 and earned promotion to locomotive engineer on June 6, 1954 for the T&P. He joined the BLE on May 12, 1960.
Due to mergers and acquisitions during his career, Henley became employed as an engineer at Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific. His last run was on March 20, 1992 for the UP. Prior to his work in the rail industry, He served in the U.S Army. Stationed in Alaska for 21 months, he received a citation for his expert rifle skills.
He and his wife, Sarah, were married on Dec. 7, 1957. Henley is a member of the American Legion who enjoys golf and cooking. He says he has a "great life."
The Henleys live at 653 Ellerbe Gardens Blvd., Shreveport, La. 71106.
Eugene B. Stone
Eugene B. Stone of BLET Division 219 (Shreveport, La.) celebrated 53 years of membership on November 11.
Stone began his railroad career on Sept. 23, 1941 as a fireman on the Texas & Pacific in Hollywood Yard. He went firing on Sept. 23, 1943 and earned promotion to engineer on Oct. 22, 1948. He joined the BLE on Nov. 11, 1954 and completed his Last Run on May 31, 1984, and celebrated his 87th birthday on June 24.
He is most proud of his safety record - Brother Stone recorded 40 years of railroad service without an accident.
Stone is a U.S. Air Force veteran. During his four-year tour, Stone served at Brook-wood Air Base, Midland Air Base, and in Calcutta, India.
He and his late wife, Opal, had three children; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Stone can be reached by mail at: P.O. Box 17738, Shreveport, La. 71138.
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