Arkansas Business Looks Back: Notable Deaths of 2010

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


Brad Mooney, 40, a senior vice president of Centennial Bank, died April 24. Mooney was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the LSU Graduate School of Banking.


James E. Burnett Jr., 62, a lawyer and national leader on transportation safety issues, died May 15. Burnett served as a member and chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for 10 years after appointment by President Ronald Reagan. At the time of his death, Burnett was the Republican National Committeeman for Arkansas.

Jerry Atchley, 68, the man credited with building country music powerhouse KSSN-FM, died May 20. Atchley bought KSSN in the 1970s, sold it and then later bought it back in the 1980s. Atchley was principal of Southern Skies Corp., which also owned stations in Memphis and Wichita, Kan.


Dave Gieringer, founder of Telecom Management Inc., died June 7. Outside of his own company, Gieringer was active in the business community and was a member of the Central Arkansas Executives Association. Gieringer was also a founding member of the Arkansas Executives Forum of the University of Arkansas.

Charles "Monk" Wade, 90, banking executive and an executive director of the Arkansas Sate Golf Association, died June 20. Wade worked in banking for 46 years, before retiring in 1986 as senior vice president of Worthen National Bank.


Robert L. "Bob" Shults, 74, who was chairman and CEO of Financial Centre Corp., died July 1. Financial Centre Corp. pioneered much of the development of west Little Rock into a business district. Shults, who worked as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Allied Corp. before forming Financial Centre Corp., was a finalist in 2006 for the Arkansas Business Executive of the Year award.

Donald Wright, 75, a former member of the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame's board of directors, died July 1 after a battle with brain cancer. As a board member of the Hall of Fame, Wright helped select inductees.

Nick Bacon, 64, who was Arkansas' last living Medal of Honor recipient, died July 17. Bacon served in the Army from 1963 to 1984. In 1993, Bacon was appointed director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a position he held until February 2005.



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