Arkansas Business Looks Back: Notable Deaths of 2010

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 12:00 am  


Henry Lee Woods Jr., 58, a congressional aide to several Democratic politicians from Arkansas, died Jan. 3. Woods worked in Washington, D.C., and served on the staffs of U.S. Rep Bill Alexander and Sens. David Pryor, Dale Bumpers and Blanche Lincoln.

Ron Strother, 61, the president and COO of Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, died Jan. 31 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Strother was an active member of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and had served on the executive committee and board of directors.


Dave Meredith Chism, 71, who owned and published The Times of North Little Rock and the Maumelle Monitor during times of award-winning journalism for both publications, died on Feb. 17. Chism, who with his wife, Kitty, bought The Times in 1993 and the Monitor in 1996, sold both papers to Stephens Media in 2005.

James Douglas Johnson, 85, known as "Justice Jim," died Feb. 13 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Johnson, a former state Supreme Court justice, was known for his segregationist views as a political candidate and in private life. He was director of the Arkansas White Citizens Council, a group that fought school integration.

Gene Prescott, 86, who captured history as an Arkansas Gazette photographer, died Feb. 18. Through his work at the Gazette, Prescott photographed Gov. Orval Faubus addressing the state Legislature during the Little Rock Central High School desegregation crisis, a picture that later ran in Life magazine. Prescott was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served as president of the Arkansas' Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.


J.D. Ashley Sr., 87, who served as patriarch of his family's real estate development firm, The Ashley Co. of North Little Rock, died March 3. Ashley's developments include The Village Shopping Center in Little Rock and the Pike Plaza Shopping Center in North Little Rock. 

James Powell, 90, who was the editorial page editor and later a columnist for the Arkansas Gazette, died March 10. During his time at the Gazette, Powell led the publication's editorial support for the civil rights movement and was a recipient of the National Conference of Christians & Jews mass media award for promoting racial and ethnic understanding.

Dale Remy, 52, the general sales manager for KTHV-TV, Channel 11, died March 14 after complaining to his wife of shortness of breath. Remy, a Michigan native, moved to Little Rock and began working at KTHV just a year before his death.

Mary Brown "Brownie" Williams Ledbetter, 77, who worked as a political activist, died March 21. Ledbetter was the founder of the Arkansas Fairness Council, a coalition of grassroots organizations, and for 15 years was president and lobbyist of the organization.



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