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Judge Richard B. Adkisson

Judge Richard B. Adkisson

Judge Richard B. Adkisson, 78, of Little Rock, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011. He retired as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1984 and had served terms as Prosecuting Attorney and Circuit Judge of the 6th Judicial district for Pulaski and Perry Counties.

He was born October 12, 1932, a son of Sam E. Adkisson and Kathleen Blanks Adkisson of Mt. Vernon. He attended Mt. Vernon, Conway and Russellville public schools; Served in the USAF from January 1951 to July 1954; attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he received a BSBA in 1957 and LLB in 1959. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Survivors are his wife, Kathy King Adkisson; four daughters, Somers Collins (Andy), Sheb Fisher (Danny), Sterling Fikes (Robbie), of Little Rock and April Johnson (Peter) of New York City; Grandchildren, Andrew, Lila, and William Collins, Kelsey and Kate Trotter, Stephen Fikes, Alasdair Rex Mayer and nephew, Sam E. Bo Adkisson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Sam E. Adkisson, Jr., of Lake Village.

He was Past President of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association, a member of the American Legion, Immanuel Baptist Church, and the Country Club of Little Rock.

The family is grateful to Dr. Bart Barlogie and the staff at UAMS for their outstanding care and support.

A funeral service will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church at 501 N. Shackleford, Little Rock, on Friday, May 20, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Gary Hollingsworth officiating. A family internment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. General viewing, without the family present, is available from 830 to 430 Thursday, May 19. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church; The Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, 4301 West Markham St. #816, Little Rock, AR 72205, or Baptist Health Hospice, 11900 Colonel Glenn Rd, Suite 2000, Little Rock, AR 72210, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home,

Condolence Book

"Kathy, Sheb and Sterling
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I have so many wonderful memories of him. He was always so nice to me. You did not have to be around him long to realize how much he loved Kathy and all of the girls.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Kay Briscoe Mcneil | Little Rock, AR |

"Sheb we are so sorry for the loss of your father.We have you and Danny in our prayers.He is resting in peace now in the house of our Lord.We are looking forward to seeing you both soon.Love Doug&Darly Fisher"
Doug & Darly Fisher | Bellville, TX |

"Family of Richard ~

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Always know he will live in your hearts and in your memories forever ~ May God be with you and your family at this sad time and give you strength & peace. You are in my thoughts & prayers ~

Sending blessings and hugs your way ~
Kelly G.Thompson
(employee of Metropolitan Realty & Dev.) "

Kelly Thompson | Sherwood, AR |

"Kathy i don't know if you remember me ( Candy Jackson ) and my daddy ( Bobby Jackson ) we meet ya'll at the Myeloma Institute.... I am so sorry for your loss, my dad and mom both sending out condolences for your loss also..... I lost your email address but often thought about how everything was going with Mr. Adkisson. Will keep your family in our prayers through this difficult time...

Candy Jackson"

Candy Jackson | McCrory, AR |

Thank you for your wonderful friendship for over fifty-seven years. It was an honor for me to take part in your wedding. We enjoyed good & trying times over the years, and thats what makes our relationship so special. So now, brother, rest in peace.

Buddy Hackett

Buddy Hackett | Little Rock, AR |

My thoughts and prayers are with you!"

Jack Belford | little rock, AR |

"STerling and family, We are so sorry for your loss. I know this is a terrible,sad time, but remember that your dad touched so many livies during his time here. You will all be in our prayers. I love you STerling!
Pam and Jack Howard"

Pam Howard | SHerwood , AR |

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Devin Henson | Little Rock, AR |

"Kaki and girls,

Just a reminder of how very special Granda was to me and my family. We loved him dearly and enjoyed many wonderful times with him. We will all miss that handsome face and wonderful laugh of his! Love you all!"

Kelli Wells | Cownay, AR |

I am so sorry for your loss. Hold God in your heart and he will get you through. I remember the good times we shared and cherish the memories."

Freda Hinerman | Little Rock , AR |

"Kathy, Children, Bo.,

So sorry for your loss. I joined the USAF with Richard and brother Sammie. Had been an e-mail friend for the past two or three years...misssed hearing recently...I should have known. So sorry again. I called most of the guys that joined in that group that joined together ...few left. Richard was a good team person and friend.

Jim Tucker

Jim Tucker | Rsvl., AR |

Larry and I were so sorry to read of your husband's passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during these trying days ahead. We love you.

Judy Holder Whitehead | Sherwood, AR |

"All of us in Richard's Sunday School class were blessed by his insight and intelligence during bible study. After sitting quitely, he would pose questions resulting in discussions that did much to clarify the intent of scripture. We were blessed by his sharing of his judicial talents."
Annita & Earl Paul | 11119 Eden Ln., Little Rock, AR |

"To all the family, you have my deepest sympathy. Chief Justice Adkisson was C.J. when I first started working for the court in 1981 in the Reporter's Office. He was a fine man and always kind to me.
I would have been at the service today to pay my respects, but I read yesterday's paper after today's service was over."

Marlo Bush Krueger | Benton, AR |

"Dear Somers, Sheb and Sterling,

I'm so sorry I did not hear about this until today. I feel for you, because I know Daddies are very special people, no matter your age! Wishing you peace.

Love, Nancy"

Nancy Corwyn | Little Rock, AR |

"Kathy and Girls,

Dick lived a full life and you have a wonderful heritage to take solace in. We, in Arkansas, are a better state because of his efforts. My thoughts are with you.

Marcelline Giroir"

Marcelline Giroirtariff | Little Rock, AR |


So sorry for your loss. You, Sterling and Somers are all in our prayers.

Love you,"

Suzy Gray | San Antonio, TX |

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