Notable Deaths of 2009

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 12:00 am  

Notable Deaths of 2009


Walter "Wally" Sydney Tucker, 67, an educator and radio station owner, died March 6. The adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was a past president of the Arkansas Broadcasters Association.

Darrell D. Dover, 75, a longtime commercial attorney in Little Rock, died March 17. Among his clients were Regions Bank, Arvest Bank and Bank of the Ozarks, as well as the nonprofit Arc of Arkansas, which named an annual arts award for Dover.

Frank Lightfoot, 70, an inveterate newspaperman, died March 20 in Pine Bluff, where he was a longtime reporter and editor for the Commercial. A one-time Arkansas Press Association president, he owned the weekly White Hall Journal for nearly 20 years.

George Kell, 86, a Hall of Fame third baseman and broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers, died March 24 in Swifton, where he was born. In 1949, Kell eked out the American League batting title over Ted Williams.

G. Larry Kelley, 92, whose construction company erected several of Little Rock's tallest office towers, died March 31. The retired Pickens-Bond Construction Co. head oversaw construction of numerous shopping malls and much of Little Rock's skyline: Regions Bank, Metropolitan Bank, Stephens Inc., The Peabody Little Rock. He served for two years as chairman of the Little Rock branch of the Federal Reserve Board.


James Hudson, 54, a Texarkana circuit judge and dedicated advocate for children, died May 3 of complications following cancer surgery. The former prosecuting attorney was chair of two state Supreme Court committees and was at the time of his death one of three candidates for a U.S. District Court judgeship in the Western District of Arkansas.

Tom Steves, 68, the marketing director for Twin City Bank and a longtime advertising executive, died May 26 when he wrecked his motorcycle trying to avoid a truck. Through a career spent at the agencies now known as Mangan Holcomb, Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods and Thoma Thoma, he came to know the players in banking and government as well as anyone in Little Rock.


Dr. Mark Edmund "Duke" Bainum, 56, a retired physician and managing director of the holding company for Diamond Bank of Murfreesboro, died of complications from an aneurysm June 9 in Honolulu, where he served on the city council. A dedicated volunteer doctor - he was one of the first in New Orleans after Katrina - he merged his family's two southwest Arkansas bank charters into Diamond Bank in 2007.



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