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Ronald Harold DuPree
Little Rock Central
Class of 1962
RONALD HAROLD DuPREE–Nov 15, 1944– June 29, 2018 Ron DuPree was born in DeWitt, Arkansas to Ivan & Lucille DuPree who precede him in death, as well as brother Gene DuPree. He was a Class of 1962 graduate of Little Rock Central High School.
Survivors are sisters Kat Penley (Rocky), Marquitta Free (Dewane), son Eric DuPree (Shellie), daughters Michelle Connolly (Scott), Brandi Bond (Ryne), Candi Zeigenfuss (Henry), and a host of nephews, nieces, grandchildren, as well as a multitude of friends.
A proud Vietnam veteran, he served three tours during wartime. A member of ASA (Army Security Agency) - branch of military intelligence responsible for cryptologic, electronic, radio direction finding and “fingerprinting.” Untold lives were saved by the ASA’s work, yet little glory or recognition was received, as they were a classified “special operations unit”… “silent warriors’” of our Armed Forces. Retired from Union Pacific RR, he spent his days at Fleming Electric where he enjoyed simplicity in making construction deliveries, and many friends.
My Daddy was warm, kind, intelligent, personable, and full of wisdom…others were drawn to him. War, a broken childhood, his own failings, and simply being a sinner in the “veil of tears” we call life took its toll and on June 29 his fight ended. He lost, but it wasn't “all in surrender.”
Daddy fought to become part of our lives, and struggled with shame for not doing more towards others he loved, yet he didn’t quit. He carried burdens not his own, and some that were– but his story shows the reality that God “gives beauty for ashes” in the brokenness of this life.
No church affiliation is in this obituary –being a church member doesn’t make a Christian– recognizing our plight before a Holy God and the fact we can do nothing to make us “good enough” to stand before our Creator is something only God can work in one’s heart. Daddy believed and trusted God provided a way back to Him thru the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
Daddy understood his own brokenness and need for a savior, that he was a sinful man and his only hope was the work of Christ, because no one is beyond his grace and rescue. I am honored to call him Daddy, will always prize the time I had with him, and that he never quit fighting.
Graveside services were 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Arkansas Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock. Visitation was conducted Wednesday, July 4th at Ashby’s 6:p.m. until 8 p.m.
[Editor’s note: no byline could be located for this heartfelt and fine tribute to one of our classmates]
David Charles Wade
Little Rock Central
Class of 1962
DAVID CHARLES WADE, 73, of Benton passed away September 3, 2018. He was born December 7, 1944 to Jack Clarke Sr. and Amileta Wade. His mother, Amileta, and step-father, Lewis Montgomery, preceded him in death. David was a Class of 1962 graduate of Little Rock Central High School. He was a noted member of the Tiger Marching Band and is fondly remembered by most of his 550 classmates for his clever antics and pranks.
He then went on to become an accountant for AT&T for most of his life.
Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Wade of Benton; father, Jack C. Clarke, Sr. of North Little Rock; daughter, Mary (Kaavin) Scaccia of Springdale; brothers Tony Clarke of North Little Rock, Jackie Clarke of North Little Rock, and Kevin Wade of Conway; grandchildren, Sophie and Bella Scaccia of Springdale; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside service were 1 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Dr. Gary O'Neal officiating. David is lovingly missed by all his family, friends and former classmates. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/default.asp?locid=56.
Published September 5, 2018, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
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