Fred K. Darragh


Obituary Notice

Fred K. Darragh, age 86, of Little Rock, died March 20, 2003. Retired Chairman of the Board of Darragh Company Agribusiness, Fred attended the University of Pennsylvania, and the Wharton School, class of 1938. He was also on the board of directors of J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. and Skyway Commuter Airlines until itís sale to Midwest Airlines. He was an Episcopalian having served on the Vestry of Christ Episcopal, St. Markís Episcopal, and St. Michaelís where he was once Senior Warden. He also was on the board of Camp Mitchell, Standing Committee of The Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, member of World Mission Committee, and Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church: South Bend, Louisville and Houston. Of all of the many civic offices held he was most proud of his military experience which included being one of the pilots that flew ďThe HumpĒ during World War II. A Major in the Army Air Corp, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, and in 1988 presented a pair of Pilot Wings from the Chinese Air Force. In 1962 he was honored as Pilot of The Year by the National Pilotís Association, and in 1999 he was inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame. Other honors bestowed Fred included the Humanitarian Award of the Arkansas Council of The National Conference of Christians and Jews, Arkansas Civil Libertarian of the Year by the ACLU, and the Fred Darragh Center of Intellectual Freedom at the Central Arkansas Library System, which is a meeting room at Library named for Fred, with endowed yearly lectures.

Fred is survived by his brother, Ted Darragh and wife Babs of Little Rock, and 7 nieces and nephews.

There will a visitation of friends from 2 to 5pm Sunday, at Fredís home, #6 River Mountain Road.

There will be a memorial funeral service for Fred Monday at 10am at St. Michaelís Episcopal Church followed by burial of Ashes at St. Markís Episcopal Garden officiated by The Reverend Susan Paine. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home. 

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  • Deepest sympathy.
    Jane Lee Giles Graham