Rupert Blakely

Obituary Notice

Rupert M. Blakely, born July 9, 1922, died November 22, 2004. His parents, Dr. Rupert M. Blakely and Fern Singleton Blakely, a sister, Lucinda Forgy, and a son, James Blakely, precede him in death.

Rupert graduated from Central High and attended the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. for two years before joining the Air Force. He was a navigator on a B-24 in China Burma India Theatre, flying the Hump. He received a degree in Pharmacy from Ole Miss in Oxford, MS, and owned and operated Freiderica Pharmacy for many years until his retirement. He was a former member of the Little Rock Rotary and member of Consistory and Scimitar Shrine and a 32nd degree Mason. He was also a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Anne, whom he married on September 16, 1944. Other survivors include sons, Mitch and wife Kay, Ed and wife Susan; daughters, Angela Ross and husband John, and Betsy Banks and husband Greg; grandchildren, Bill and Jason Ross, Brett and Taylor Blakely, and Peter Banks; and a great grandson, John Allen Ross.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, November 26, 2004 at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church with Dr. Jeff Hampton officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church Building Fund, or to a favorite charity.

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  • God bless the family. I've know Rupert for a long time. We both went to central high together and we sat side by side in band and played the trumpet. May God be with the family through their great ordeal.
    Charles Treadway
    North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Doc took care of us for several years while he operated Frederica Pharmacy. I was employed by First Commercial Bank for 26 years. My husband was employed by AP&L (also located in the First Comm Building). I could always depend on Doc to counsel me through my aches and pains! Doc was famous for his special blend of cough syrup that I believe everyone in the building requested when they came down with whatever virus happened to be circulating at the time.

    He was a friend to all of us at the bank and we all mourned when he retired. He was a wonderful man with a cunning sense of humor and he will be missed.

    With much love and deepest sympathy in your loss, Melody and David Murray.

    Melody Murray
    Bank Overdraft Coordinator/Metropolitan National Bank
    Little Rock, Arkansas