John Douglas “Doug” Toney, Sr.


Obituary Notice

John Douglas "Doug" Toney, Sr. of Little Rock, died Tuesday, August 5, 2003. He was born in Dallas, Texas and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II seeing action in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his return he and his wife Mary settled in Little Rock where Doug eventually became a Real Estate Broker and Developer. He was responsible for the development and co-founder of Western Hills Country Club, a principal in the development of the Antique Car Museum on Petit Jean Mountain, and past board of director of the Little Rock Board of Realtor's. Doug was very civic minded having run for the Little Rock City Board. He and Mary were involved for many years with the American Field Services International Program hosting several exchange students. He loved the outdoors, fishing as often as possible as well as taking the family on camping trips. He invented and manufactured his own fishing lure the "Dugspin" and holds the record Small Mouth Bass catch on the Buffalo River. He loved family vacations taking his family on trips worldwide. He played several musical instruments, loved country music and was writing a book. His favorite expression to his grandchildren was, "Did you have fun?"

Mr. Toney is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Elizabeth Raines Toney of Little Rock, two sons; John D. Toney, Jr. of Little Rock, George Toney of Charlottesville, Virginia, three daughters; Ann Wolfe and husband Lanny of Phoenicia, New York, Katie Barnett and husband Jerry of Vancouver, Washington, Laura Wheeler of Little Rock, 7 grandchildren; J.D., Katherine and Brooks Toney, Bonnie and Lee Barnett, Morgan and Griffin Wheeler.

There will a graveside service at 10 a.m. Friday, August 8, at Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery in North Little Rock, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2223 Durwood Road, officiated by Reverend John Fleming. Services are under he direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.

Memorials in lieu of flowers should be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church Spiritworks committee.

Register Book

  • Mary, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. 
    We love you,
    Farris and Allene Sneed (and family)
    37 Sand Trap Drive, Maumelle, Arkansas 72113
  • Sending deepest sympathy to Mary Beth and the Toney family from the Class of '46, LRHS. Frances Johnson
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Bob & Mae Flowers, Teresa Rose
    Alexander, Arkansas
  • So very sorry to hear about Mr. Toney. Out prayers are with your family. We bought land from him in 1987 and he was so very nice to us in helping with everything needed. God bless and confort your family.
    John & Mary Venable
    Alexander, Arkansas