Banker, Civic Leader George Worthen Dies at 71

George Gordon Worthen, president of the Bank of Little Rock, a community leader and a member of a prominent Little Rock family, died Sunday at his Little Rock home. He was 71.

Worthen had been involved in a number of civic, arts, educational and other organizations, among them the Center for Youth & Families, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Quapaw Quarter Association, the Little Rock Historic District Commission, the American Heart Association, the Arkansas Nurses Association, the Donaghey Foundation, the Rotary Club, the 99 Foundation and the Mount Saint Mary Academy Foundation Board of Trustees. Worthen also recently served as president of the Arkansas Community Bankers Association.

Pete Maris, chairman and CEO of Bank of Little Rock, said Worthen would be "very missed.”"

"George was an exceptional person, and he was president of our bank for 22 years," said Maris, also a second cousin of Worthen.

"He was such a unique person. He could go from the very analytical side of banking to the personal side. He wore a lot of hats, and he wore them all very well."

Worthen, born in Little Rock on May 24, 1942, came from a family of bankers.

"We're an old banking family in central Arkansas that goes all the way back to 1887," he said in an interview last year with Little Rock Soirée. Worthen's great-grandfather founded Worthen Bank.

Worthen is survived by his wife, Sherry, and their daughters Emilie Partis and Ellen Worthen. Other surviving family members are his mother, Mary Fletcher Worthen, his brothers, Tom Worthen and Bill Worthen and their families.

Worthen's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral with the Rev. R. Ewing Jackson and the Rev. Paul McLain officiating, followed by the burial at Mount Holly Cemetery.

Worthen's full obituary can be read here.