William "Bill" Degrasse

Obituary Notice

William F. Degrasse, 83, of Little Rock, passed away January 5, 2005, after a short illness. He was born April 16, 1921 in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Degrasse worked as a medical secretary in the Orthopedics Department at UAMS for the past 20 years. He was a graduate of Oxford University, England, and was a WWII veteran.

Mr. Degrasse loved the theater, and was active in many Community Theater and Arkansas Rep productions. He was a supporter of the local symphony and theater arts.

He is survived by one son, William (Frank) Degrasse, Jr. of San Antonio, TX, and two daughters, Pat King of Surfside, SC, and Alice Watts of Greenbrier, AR, five grandchildren as well as three great-grandchildren.

Bill was a generous, friendly man who will be missed by his many friends and his family.

Visitation will be at Ruebel Funeral Home, 6313 West Markham in Little Rock on Friday, January 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. A memorial service at the funeral home will be Saturday, January 8, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Garnett Quimby officiating. Memorials can be sent to the Humane Society in LR, the LR School for the Blind, or the Kidney Foundation, all concerns of Mr. Degrasse.



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  • I met Bill years ago through Community Theater of Little Rock. I got to know him best when we were both in "I Remember Mama." It was a thorough pleasure to know Bill. He was what every person should be. We shared a love for animals and their welfare. He was one of the smartest people I've ever known. I was sorry to read of his death, but I am glad he was given a long life.
    Susy Beck 
    Sheridan, Arkansas
  • I remember Mr. Degrasse very well from when I went to Capitol City Business School many years ago. He was an extremely nice man. I saw him a couple of times after that. He always remembered me. Bless you all.
    Carol Walls 
    North Little Rock, Arkansas
    Email: cwalls@mwsgw.com