Notable Deaths of 2007

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 12:00 am  


Lloyd Peterson, 94, a pioneer of the poultry business in Arkansas who started Peterson Farms Inc. of Decatur in 1939, died Oct. 2. His study of genetics helped him develop the "Peterson male," and the company became a major producer of breeder chickens. Peterson Farms now employs nearly 1,100 people. All operations are conducted in plants at Decatur. Peterson was named the Arkansas Poultry Federation Man of the Year in 1956-57, and he received the President's "E" Certificate for exports in 1977. He was inducted into the Arkansas Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1989, and in 1992 he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association. He was inducted into the American Poultry Society Hall of Fame in 2001.

Richard Allin, 77, who wrote the "Our Town" column for the Arkansas Gazette and later the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, died Oct. 17 of heart failure. Allin joined the Gazette in 1963 and took over the "Our Town" column in 1965. He wrote his last column about life in Arkansas in 2003.

I.F. Jones, 93, founder and co-chairman of Ozark National Life Insurance Co., died Oct. 28. After several successful years with various insurance companies, he founded Ozark National Life Insurance Co. in 1956 and served as president from 1957 until his retirement in 1980. He continued to serve as chairman of the board until 1993. At the time of his death, Jones was chairman emeritus and a director of the company.


Joseph Hurst, 89, the former president of Tipton & Hurst who built the company into the largest florist in Arkansas and one of the top 50 in the United States, died Dec. 14. His father, Joseph Barber Hurst, was a founding partner of the company in 1886. He was president of Tipton & Hurst from 1945 until 1984, when he was succeeded by his son, Howard C. Hurst. Hurst was a founder and former president of the Arkansas Florists Association. He served as a Little Rock city director from 1967-70, was chairman of the Pulaski County Chapter of the American Red Cross and a former president of the Country Club of Little Rock. He served on the boards of Savers Federal Savings & Loan, the YMCA, the Salvation Army and the downtown Kiwanis Club.              



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