Notable Deaths of 2009

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

Mark Pennebaker, 51, the senior vice president for commercial lending at Bank of the Ozarks in North Little Rock, died Oct. 5 unexpectedly while on vacation in Mexico. Remembered as a gregarious and pious man, Pennebaker had worked at the bank since 1996.

Mike Medlock, 59, the executive vice president of BancorpSouth Insurance Services of Arkansas, died Oct. 28, a week after the Arkansas State University College of Business Alumni Chapter named him Business Executive of the Year. The chairman of the ASU board of trustees and president of Insurance Network in Jonesboro had been receiving treatments for leukemia.


Donald Harington, 73, a retired University of Arkansas art history professor and author of 15 novels, most of which explored the fictional Ozark hamlet Stay More, died Nov. 7. A recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award for fiction and member of the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame, Harington was so beloved as a teacher that his students painted a mural in his honor at the university's art building upon his retirement last year.

Lawrence H. Schmieding, 89, businessman and philanthropist, died Nov. 16 in Springdale. The CEO of the Schmieding Foundation served in WWII and started H.C. Schmieding Produce, a wholesaler, in 1961. His 1999 gift of $15 million to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences established the Schmieding Center for Senior Health & Education.


Lloyd Schuh Sr., 94, a pioneer in direct-mail marketing and part of the first generation of ad professionals in Arkansas, died Dec. 4. In 1948, he founded the Little Rock company now called LSC Marketing, where he worked until age 92, earning the Advertising Federation's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.

Jodie Mahony, 70, a state representative and senator for 36 years who remained involved in public policy even after term limits forced him out of the Legislature, died Dec. 5 in El Dorado, where he was born. Known as a devoted, savvy lawmaker - and for lugging his files around the Capitol in a cardboard box - he specialized in public education policy and introduced more than 1,400 bills during his career.

Ernie Butler, 81, a former senior executive vice president and director at Stephens Inc., died Dec. 17. An Army veteran and accountant by trade, Butler worked for Stephens for 41 years before leaving in 1998 and forming I.E. Butler Securities Inc.

Paul Williams "Pete" Hoover Jr., 67, a Little Rock finance attorney, died of an apparent heart attack while duck hunting on Dec. 19. Since 2000 he had been a partner at Williams & Anderson and was general counsel to Metropolitan National Bank, which belongs to his father-in-law, Doyle Rogers of Batesville.

Eugene "Bud" Canada, 84, the University of Arkansas track and football star whose career as a state legislator spanned six different decades, died Dec. 21. Elected to the House in 1959, and later to the Senate from 1972 to 2000, Canada, a former Garland County sheriff, fought long to eliminate taxes on groceries; in 2007, they were reduced from 6 to 3 percent. He was enshrined in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.



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