William Evans Place


Obituary Notice

William Evans Place, age 78, of Little Rock died Monday, August 20, 2001. He was born in Gillett, AR to Ralph and Evans Barnes Place. He was a 1945 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and first taught school in Gillett before moving with his parents to Parkdale, AR. He joined the Postal Administration and became the Postmaster at Parkdale. Mr. Place was an administrator for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Administration in El Dorado, AR before he and his late wife, Vera Warfield Place founded Place Nursing Home in Wilmot, AR serving one term as President of the Arkansas Nursing Home Association and also serving on the State Board of Nursing. 

He was elected Mayor of Wilmot and served for over twenty years. In 1986 he married the former Sally Smith McGaughy and moved to Little Rock in 1989. He then worked for the Arkansas Department of Human Services in the Long Term Care Division for over ten years, until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church, where he served as a Stephen Minister and as an usher. He was also an avid Razorback fan and long time member of the Little Rock Razorback Club. 

He is survived by his wife, Sara, one son, William Evans Place, II and his wife Susan of Ann Arbor, MI, one daughter, Wendy W. Place of Little Rock and step-daughters, Leslie Turley and her husband Rex of Rogers AR, Linda Inebnet and her husband Tommy of Hot Springs, Cindy Harris and her husband Mike, and Ginger Townsend and her husband Mike all of Little Rock, one grandson, Daniel Place and nine step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and a daughter, Susan Warfield Place.

A rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m.Wednesday at the Ruebel Funeral Home followed by a visitation from 6:30-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church with burial of cremated remains at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Wilmot Cemetery, Wilmot, AR.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic School or the Monsignor Allen Trust Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.