Wimpy was my best friend from elementary school through high school in Dermott, College in Monticello and Medical School in Little Rock, AR. He was one year older and was always one year ahead of me in school.
During our early childhood we played together with our many friends in the neighborhoods of Dermott, AR. He was always a leader. We were in the Boy Scouts together. He taught me many things about Scouting as he was my senior and taught me what he had learned. We went on many Scouting and camping trips together. We caught and killed a lot of snakes together. That was one of his specialties. When we arrived at a Scout Camp, he was always the first one to jump out of the truck and run into the woods and come back with a live snake. It was a contest that we had and he usually won it.
After his graduation from Medical School in 1957 and my graduation from Medical School in 1958 we went our separate ways. He served his country for several years as an Air Force Medical Officer before entering the private practice of medicine in Tulsa, OK. I did the same as a Medical Officer in the Navy before entering private practice in North Little Rock, AR.
We only saw each other one time after his graduation from medical school and that was in the early 60's, which was about fifty years ago. He invited my wife and I to dinner in Tulsa and we drove to Tulsa for the weekend and had dinner with Wimpy and his wife. Another doctor and his wife from Tulsa, that I had known while in the Navy, were also with us.
There were many years that I had no contact with Wimpy. He was busy in his practice as I was in mine. He raised a fine family while I did the same. If it had not been for the Personal Computer, I guess that we would have never heard from each other again.
One day about ten years ago I saw his name on an e-mail. Since that day we have had a wonderful time, sharing messages, pictures and rare telephone calls. My only regret is that I never did take time off to go see him again this past year. Time ran out. I am very sad and am grieving the loss of my best friend. Although time and distance has kept us apart, Wimpy will always be my best friend in my heart.
My prayers are with his family and other friends that are grieving his loss. I know that he is now with his Lord and one day I hope to see him again in Boy Scout Heaven.
Walter Randolph (Dolph) Oglesby, M.D.
2 Club Manor Drive
Maumelle, AR 72113