Arkansas Business: Notable Arkansas Deaths of 2012

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 12:00 am  

Tommy Caubble, 65, Republican candidate for state Senate, died July 5. Caubble had won the GOP nomination for state Senate District 23 without opposition in the May primary.

Brig. Gen. Oliver William “Dub” Myers, 82, former commander of the 39th Infantry Brigade of the Arkansas Army National Guard, died July 5. He was the father of Olivia Myers Farrell, CEO of Arkansas Business Publishing Group.

James Harris, 64, a partner in the Little Rock law firm of Friday Eldredge & Clark, died unexpectedly July 24. Harris was the son of the late Oren Harris, who represented Arkansas’ 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives before being appointed to a federal judgeship in El Dorado.


Robert M. “Robby” Wilson Jr., 60, managing partner of Little Rock law firm Wilson & Associates PLLC and founder of Wilson History & Research Center, died Aug. 3, five weeks after his father.

Gary Combs, 59, a former northwest Arkansas real estate developer, died from cancer-related complications on Aug. 11. Combs was known as much for his publicity stunts and legal battles as for his business interests.

Helen Gurley Brown, 90, a longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died Aug. 13. The native of Green Forest (Carroll County) was hired at Cosmo in 1965 and was charged with turning the foundering magazine around. Her input thereafter characterized the growing sexual revolution.

William Brock Johnson, 63, CEO of Garver LLC of Little Rock, died Aug. 21. He led Garver from 2003 until shortly before his death.


James Toler “Jim” Harvey, 72, former CEO of Central Arkansas Water, died Sept. 11. Harvey was employed by the waterworks in Little Rock for almost 40 years and had been named Arkansas Business Executive of the Year in 2003.

Charles White, 83, former executive at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, died Sept. 24. White was notable for being an African-American leader at the hospital during the civil rights era.

Larry Farrar, 68, general manager of the Hilton Little Rock Medical Center and past general manager of the Embassy Suites Little Rock, died Sept. 29.



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