Derek Andrew Kass
died Wednesday morning, October 12, at his home in Little Rock. He was 40 years old. Derek was born August 3, 1971 in Indianapolis, Indiana but considered Atlanta, Georgia, where he lived from 1987 to 1999, his hometown. He made Little Rock his home in 1999.
He is survived by daughter Audrey Virginia Kass and her mother, Lauren McCants. He is also survived by his mother, Gloria Boone (Jim Boone); father, Tom Kass (Paula Kass); stepfather, Mike Saligoe; brothers, Zachary Saligoe (Laura Latour), David Ward (Lori Ward);sister, Tamara Smith (Adam Smith); and in-laws, John W. Barron and Jeanie Barron. Derek is also survived by nieces, Breianna Ward, Sydney Kerr; nephews, David Ward and Ben Wymer; grandmother, Virginia Lanning (Don Lanning); uncle, Ed Sholar (Tina Mullen); aunts, Theresa Denman (Robert Denman), Terri Chandler (Roy Chandler); and cousins, Stacey Powell and Jennifer Sheckles. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Edgar Sholar.
Derek made a profound and permanent impact on all those who had the honor and privilege of knowing him. He will be remembered as the cool guy in the steel-toed shoes and 501's, with his daughter on his shoulders and surrounded by people who truly loved him.
Visitation will be held Saturday, October 15, 3:00 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth , Little Rock, AR, witha Memorial Service to follow at 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, an education fund has been established at Regions Bank in the name of Audrey Virginia Kass.