Oley Eldon Rooker passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on November 2, 1931 in Des Arc, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his dear wife of 52 years, Meredith Lynn Ward Rooker. Survivors include his mother Tura Louise Leonard of Little Rock, daughter and son-in-law Karen and Bob Sebourn; son and daughter-in-law David and Lela Rooker all of Little Rock; and daughter and son-in-law Susan and Kenneth Tonymon of Jonesboro; nine grand children and one great grandchild.
He grew up in East Side Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock Senior High School in 1950. During that time, he played football, participated in the marching band and had a leading role in the senior class play. He graduated in 1953 from Little Rock Junior College with a degree in Business Administration. He was enlisted in the United States Army in 1953-55. Following his discharge, he and Meredith returned to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was employed as a manufacturer’s representative for over forty years.
He was an active advocate of the southwest Little Rock community for many years, having participating in the Little Rock Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club, Order of the Eagles, Lakeside Country Club; he served as president of the Crystal Valley Property Owner’s Association, Andy’s Coffee Club and member of Henderson United Methodist Church. He was a founding organizer of the Little Rock High School Wilson’s Tigers Alumni Association and the alumni “Class of Fifty Reunion Organization” which began in the fall of 1985; whose purpose is to commemorate Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Honoree Coach Wilson Matthews, well-respected coach of the Little Rock High School Tigers 1947-57; with ten state championships in eleven seasons. He was proud to be a recognized lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Mr. Rooker lived a full and vibrant life to the extent he completed his “bucket list.”
Oley Rooker loved God, his family, friends and our country. God Bless America.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home (501)224-8300. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home, with Reverend Kevin Lyon, Judge Bill Wilson, Mrs. Betty Brooks and Mr. Charles Case officiating. Pallbearers will be Donald Guess, Owen Guess, Bob Guess, Jackson Bell, James Ford, George Ford and Bob Darrington. Honorary pallbearers will be Wilson’s Tigers. Interment will be at Forest Hills Memorial Park.