Robert Stark "Bob" Ligon, Sr

Obituary Notice

Robert Stark "Bob" Ligon, Sr, 82, of Little Rock passed away peacefully September 7 at the Little Rock Veterans Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in 1921 to Thomas Claude Ligon and Annie Lou Cargile Ligon. Bob grew up in Arkadelphia and El Dorado, graduated from El Dorado High School in 1939, and attended Henderson College and the University of Arkansas, where he pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and was commissioned a Marine flight officer and served in the Pacific Theater in WWII as a B-25 bomber pilot in squadron VMB-613. He was active in his old unit's reunions until his last illness. Bob worked in the transportation, equipment sales, and heavy moving fields in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and Alaska. He enjoyed traveling, jazz, bridge, crossword puzzles, designing specialized heavy moving machinery, trucks, meeting people, and the call of the open road.

Bob is survived by his children, Stark Ligon (Marianne) of Little Rock, Ross Ligon (Ellen) of Nigeria, Drew Ligon and Gray Ligon (Gerhard) all of North Carolina, Brooke Ligon of Texas, and Grant (Mary Liz) of Louisiana, nine grandchildren, Sarah, Stark ,III, Miriam, Daniel, Grant, Avery, Amy, Holly, and Blake, a brother Howard Ligon of Florida and former wives, Betty Mallory and Sally Holmes, both of whom he held in high regard. He was predeceased by a brother Bill Ligon of Texas and a grandson, Jesse. Bob was of the Presbyterian faith.

Bob was especially proud of Alcoholics Anonymous, his 40 plus years of membership, helping others there, the support he received from AA, and the many friends he made around the world through the organization. His friends in the Cosmo Club are very special and gave so freely of themselves to Bob in cheering him on during good and difficult times. His family thanks all these wonderful people. The Central Arkansas VA System and Good Shepherd Retirement Center in Little Rock provided Bob very caring support and are most appreciated. 

Private interment will be later in Rose Hill Cemetery in Arkadelphia in the Cargile-Ligon Family plot. E-mail remembrances of Bob for the family may be left at

A causal come-and-go gathering of all his friends and family to celebrate Bob's life will be at Stark Ligon's home at 2312 S. Broadway, Little Rock, on Friday, September 10, from 5-7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Central Office - Alcoholics Anonymous, 7509 Cantrell Road, Suite 106, Little Rock, AR 72207, or to a favorite charity. Cremation services are by Ruebel Funeral Home.

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