Winfred Hackworth died peacefully on March 25 at the age of 95. He fell asleep in death next to the love of his life, Ina Faye, just as he wanted. They were married in November of 1946, when he was 20. They built their first home in West Monroe, Louisiana.
In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the “Federal-Aid Highway Act”, paving the way for Winfred’s career in the road construction industry. He traveled across the country, building infrastructure in various states such as Alaska, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
In the 1970’s, he and Ina moved back to West Monroe. He began working at D&J Construction Company. He helped build the I-20 overpass across the Ouachita River that still stands in service today. After spending 40 years helping build the infrastructure of America, Winfred retired from road construction in 1985.
Throughout his retirement, Winfred continued to work, doing various odd jobs with his trusty Ford tractor. Winfred and Ina, both avid sports fans, enjoyed watching football and baseball together. Winfred loved spending time outdoors fishing and hunting. Having grown up during the Great Depression, he took pride in providing food for the family. He built Hack’s Shack, a camp in Caldwell Parish, where he often hunted for whitetail deer. He had a green thumb and loved to take his grandchildren out to his garden to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Over the years, he found his faith in Jehovah God. He became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and served as an elder in the congregation for many years. He was a devoted husband and loving father; and he and Ina recently celebrated 75 years of marriage. His love, dedication, and hard work set an example for all. Winfred never met a stranger. People called him “Hack” for short and he called them, “Podnah”. He was a generous and hard-working man. He was loved by all who met him and all who knew him.
Winfred was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Bowers; his sons-in-law, Jimmy Roan and Gordon Welch; his sisters, Mary Lou Czaja and Arlene Cascio; and his brothers, J.W. Hackworth and Eugene Hackworth.
He is survived by his wife, Ina Hackworth; his son, Steve Hackworth and wife, Jeannie; his daughter, Melissa Roan and Pete; and a son-in-law, Danny Bowers and wife Dawn. He had six grandsons: Phillip Welch, Jason Welch, Jeremy Delhommer, Timothy Bowers, Jonathan Delhommer, and Reese Hackworth. He also had three granddaughters: Kristina Johnson, Kelly Madden, and Hannah Boggs. He leaves behind 19 great-grandchildren. He also had a bonus-granddaughter, Kam Roan Matthews, and bonus great-grandson, James “Little Jimmy” Roan, and 2 bonus great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Winfred will be held via Zoom on April 10 at 4 pm CST:
Phone: 1-346-248-7799 – Meeting ID: 84811047960 – Passcode: 111569