Richard Bruce Chronister, age 73, of Little Rock, passed away May 16, 2013, from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Born in Rocky Ford, Colo., on June 16, 1939, to Richard Vernon Chronister and Lela Parrott Chronister.
Graduated Conway High School in 1957, and received his B.S. degree in Industrial Education from Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA) in 1963. He served in the Arkansas National Guard and the United States Army Reserve for over twenty years. He was also a founding member of the Civil Air Patrol in Conway. He was called by Gov. Orval Faubus to safeguard the "Little Rock Nine" during the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. He was a Christian, avid cat lover and animal rescue supporter.
He is survived by his children: Bruce Chronister (Andrea) of Conway and Shannon Chronister Loyd (Barry Loyd) of Russellville; his grandchildren: Jonathan, Katherine, Jacob Loyd, and Stephen Chronister; his siblings: Ruth Voss and Nancy Steinbeck (Jewell Steinbeck); and his loving wife, Gretta Chronister.
He is preceded in death by his sister, J.O. Chronister; and his parents.
Always a supporter of the sciences, Richard, like his sister J.O., has given his body to medical science.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., June 1, 2013, at Lifeway Baptist Church, 800 Wellington Village Rd., Little Rock, AR 72211.