Lawrence H. Derby Jr.
Funeral Date: 1/12/2013

Obituary:
Captain Lawrence H. Derby, Jr., United States Navy (Ret) of Warren, AR and Hot Springs, AR died Wednesday, January 9th in the North Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, AR. He was born June 30, 1926 in Warren, AR, a son of the late Lawrence H. Derby, Sr. and Mable Meek Derby. Also preceding him in death was his first wife, Marilyn Church Derby, whom he married July 25th 1953, at Steubenville, Ohio and she died October 21, 2001. He graduated from the Warren Public School system, where he played football and basketball for the Lumberjacks. After graduation from Warren High School, he attended Arkansas A&M at Monticello where he shortly received an appointment to U S Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Being a Naval jet pilot was his true love, after graduation from the Academy, he spent a long and eventful career (30years) in the Navy and the United Sates Naval Reserve earning the rank of Captain and becoming one of the first centurion jet pilots to earn 100 consecutive successful landings on the aircraft carrier, The Midway. He served his country proudly in the Korean Conflict and transferred into the Naval Reserve, serving in Pensacola, Florida, for many years and continuing his flying as a private pilot. On completion of active duty, Larry returned to Warren, AR to join his father in the Derby Insurance Agency, where he spent over 30 years in the insurance business. In 1964 he joined the Board of Directors of the Warren Bank and Trust Company, serving as director and as chairman of the Trust Committee until his death and served for many decades on the Board of Trustees of Arkansas College, now Lyon College, where he and his late wife, Marilyn Church Derby, endowed The Derby Math and Science Center which has helped lead and promote the education of students at the college in those fields of study and he was very proud of this. He was appointed by Governor Frank White to the Arkansas Aeronautical Commission for a 5 year term beginning in 1983, where he helped develop and improve municipal airports all over the state, using his personal aircraft, N49D, to accomplish that. He was an avid quail hunter and loved the game of golf, to a fault. Some of his best golfing memories were those at The Alotian Club, playing one of the best courses ever built. He was a long time member of the Warren Rotary Club. Surviving is his wife, Jean Lee Derby, of Hot Springs, AR; 2 step-sons, Douglas Ward and spouse, Becky, Hot Springs, AR and Roger Ward and spouse, Barbie, and their children, Clark, Foxx and Gauge, all of Arkadelphia, AR. Also, he is survived by his name sake, Mastin Derby Frazer of Warren, AR. 2 nephews Sam Derby Jr. and spouse Caytee, Little Rock, AR. and Larry M. Derby Sr. and spouse Melissa, Columbus, GA.; a niece Lisa Derby Tozer and spouse Gregory, Bellevue, WA. Funeral services were 1:30 p. m. Saturday, January 12th, at The First Presbyterian Church in Warren by rev. Phillip Faris. Linda Barrett was the organist and Robert Green the soloist. Burial with full military honors was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Robert Green, Scott Richardson, French Wynne, III, Sheriff J. B. Smith (ret), Roger George and Chief Randy Peek. Honorary pallbearers were the Board of Directors of Warren Bank and Trust Company John B. Frazer, Jr, Dr. Kerry Pennington, MD, Carlton Davis, Bruce Anderson, Jeff McGaha, Rockey Lindsey, Dr. Donnie Bryant, DDS and Gerald Burton. A reception was held at Sue Wagnon’s home, 320 South Main Street, Warren.

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Name: Randy and Beth Peek
Message: To know him, was to love him! He had the "it factor"...He was a wonderful citizen to Warren and our State, ...His dry wit and charm will be missed and "who will fill his shoes" God bless the family and all those who love him....we will always have wonderful memories of him- a true gentleman and his faith was so strong( and he did many things unnoticed that helped so many)

Name: William & Toni Carr Miller
Message: So sorry to hear about Mr. Derby, Warren has lost a patriarch .

Name: Tammy York
Message: You were one of my greatest hero's . I will always love and respect you !

Name: Carolyn Curry
Message: Mr. Derby was one of the good guys; a real gentleman; will be missed greatly.

Name: Robbie Thompson-McKinney
Message: Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this sad time. Lawrence, Jr was a great friend to our family for many years ( Joe Ralph & Betty Jo Thompson).

Name: James Wright
Message: Mr Derby was always such a wonderful person. This world is a better place because of people like him.

Name: Marlene Elliott
Message: I am truly saddened to read of Mr. Derby's death. He was definitely one of the good guys! He will be sorely missed.

Name: Janice McAllister
Message: Larry was such a delightful, wonderful gentleman whom we all loved. I cherish the great memories of being with Larry and Marilyn at Warren First Presbyterian Church. They both appreciated my music there. Such a delightful couple, so considerate and loving. God has taken a true Saint. I know Larry will be greatly missed by all. My prayers are with you family at this sad time. May God surround you with his loving arms and give you comfort. With love and sympathy, Janice (Wiggam) McAllister

Name: CAPT Worth & Janis Camp USNR-Ret.
Message: His dad and my dad were the first friends in the insurance business. Lawrence and I first met at NAS Memphis - a great pilot and acquaintance. He's irreplacable.

Name: Walter Koran
Message: On behalf of the Koran family, I would like to express our collective sympathy and sadness upon learning of Larry’s passing. Although Larry is no longer physically present, we will continue to remember him fondly. I hope the precious memories of Larry bring comfort, and that you'll come to find, in the words of Hugh Robert Orr: "They are not dead who live in lives they leave behind. In those whom they have blessed, they live a life again, and shall live through the years eternal life, and shall grow each day more beautiful, as time declares their good, forgets the rest, and proves their immortality." With deepest sympathy, The KoranFamily: Frank Koran Willa Lee Church Koran (deceased)(Marilyn Church Derby’s cousin) Walter Koran William Koran David Koran Jonathan Koran