William "Bill" Degrasse
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
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
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
North Little Rock, Arkansas