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Old 01-22-2020, 11:38 AM
 
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I just now saw that Smackover, Arkansas, native Sleepy LaBeef died on the day after Christmas. I saw him perform a few times and he put on a great show each time. Really great Rock&Roll.

I was lucky enough to meet him the last time I saw him play (at a hot rod show in Delaware a few years ago). I gave him a photo of Smackover's main street that was taken in 1915. It was one of a set of photos from that era that the bank in Smackover had re-printed in commemoration of the oil boom that happened then. One of the photos showed a dead mule lying in a huge puddle. When Sleepy got to that one, he said sadly, "Poor mule went off to his final reward."

Condolences to his family.

RIP Sleepy LaBeef
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Old 01-22-2020, 04:18 PM
 
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I live in Baltimore. My mom is from Strong. When visiting relatives in Texarkana a few years ago, we drove to Strong to see how it had changed from when they lived there. On the way back to Texarkana, I insisted on taking a detour through Smackover to see Sleepy's home town.
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Old 01-23-2020, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, Ark
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I live in Baltimore. My mom is from Strong. When visiting relatives in Texarkana a few years ago, we drove to Strong to see how it had changed from when they lived there. On the way back to Texarkana, I insisted on taking a detour through Smackover to see Sleepy's home town.
My mom is from just down the road in Felsenthal and my grandmother lived in Strong for many years and is buried in Harper Springs cemetery in Huttig. I am from El Dorado and honestly had never heard of Sleepy LaBeef.

Don't hear these lower Union county town names often. Stay safe in Baltimore.
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:39 AM
 
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The last time I was there was a little over two years ago when we placed my mother's cremains in the family plot in the Strong cemetery. We had a monument placed there later. I need to get down there again to see it.

We had been there a couple of years before her death. She was really saddened to see how much the town had declined since she left (in 1942). She said that even at the height of the Depression, it was in better shape than it is now.
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:07 AM
 
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rest in peace
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