Arkansas Business Looks Back: Notable Deaths of 2010

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

Lisa Blount, 53, an actress born in Fayetteville and reared in Jacksonville, died Oct. 27. Blount was best known for her supporting role in the 1982 film "An Officer and a Gentleman," but she won an Oscar with her husband, actor Ray McKinnon, for 2001's best live-action short film, "The Accountant." On Sept. 9, Blount was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.


Jack Shewmaker, 72, a retired Wal-Mart executive, died Nov. 17. Shewmaker began his career at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 1970 and served in various roles at the company, including president and chief operating officer, vice chairman and chief financial officer.

Ferdinand McMillan "Ferd" Bellingrath, 82, who began his career as a Coca-Cola bottler and eventually became chairman of the board of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of South Arkansas, died Nov. 19. Bellingrath was president of the Arkansas Soft Drink Association and the Arkansas Coca-Cola Council.

Norris Church Mailer, 61, a former Arkansan and the sixth and final wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer, died Nov. 21. Mailer wrote two novels, "Windchill Summer" and "Cheap Diamonds," as well as a memoir, "A Ticket to the Circus."

Mary Wagoner, 57, owner of Abacus Management Group, died Nov. 29. Wagoner was a past president of the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the society's Counselors Academy.


Gene George, 88, the chairman of George's Inc. of Springdale, died Dec. 1. George became president and CEO of George's in 1969 and was named chairman in 1980. In 2002, George was inducted into the University of Arkansas' Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, and in 2009, Arkansas Business named George among its 25 "Living Legends."



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