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Joseph Henry Brogdon

Joseph Henry Brogdon

Joseph Henry Brogdon, 85, died Monday night with family and loved ones by his side in Little Rock. Joe was born September 1, 1931 in Springdale to Gladys and Lofton Brogdon. The family was very active in the northwest Arkansas community having operated a restaurant, service station, and a grape farm for many years. Joe had three older sisters, Marjorie Dee, Naomi Lazelle, and Madelyn Louella.

As a young man, he rode broncs and bulls, played drums in a rockabilly band, worked summers harvesting wheat in Colorado, plus football, basketball, and track. He moved to Los Angeles and repo’d cars for GMAC, moved to Donner Summit as assistant manager at the Sugar Bowl Ski Area, and then did a short stint in the US Air Force. He eventually settled on psychology earning his degree from the University of Arkansas.

The majority of his career was in private practice. He loved his work and did so full time until several weeks ago. He spent the last several years evaluating young children at Potential Horizons, probably the most fun and rewarding work of his long career.

His most recent passion in life has been making one of kind belts and bags from vintage leathers and hides, selling them in boutiques across the country.

Joe is survived by three children; his son, Woody Brogdon, Sherrill Cameron Garland and Patrick Cameron as well as two grandchildren Madeline Kelly Brogdon and Matthew Joseph Brogdon.

A memorial service will be held Monday February 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm. in the chapel at Ruebel Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

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"Uncle Joe ~ an amazing man and always my favorite. I have many memories of happy times we all spent together since I was a little girl. I will always remember his funny stories, his laugh, and his hugs. He was loved by many and will be missed by everyone who knew him. I love you, Woody, and celebrate the times we have all had together. May we have many more, and may Uncle Joe rest peacefully now in God's hands."
Tricia Franz | Little Rock, AR

"One of my favorite people. He was an old soul with a young heart and so much fun. I love that he was able to explore his creativity in his later years and achieve such success with his superb sense of style. Woody, you have been a great son to him. He loved you so. And I am grievously sorry for your loss, for our loss. Love you, friend."
Tara Cameron | Germantown, TN

"Joe was an amazing man! We all loved and enjoyed his visits to our store. He was always fun and an encouraging uplifting guy. We are so sorry for your loss. We will all miss him. You all are in our prayers. You were blessed with him in your family.
Lonnie, Susie, Josh, Nicole Burrow "

Burrow/Mr. Frank's Optical | Little Rock, AR 72207

"Woody - I am so sorry for your loss. Let me know if you want to visit while you are in town or if there is anything we can do for you guys. Love you, man."
Ed Levy | Little Rock, AR

"I'm sorry for your loss Woody. I am also sorry I never got the chance to meet your dad in our later life. From everything you told me, he sounded like a unique and interesting man. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Andy May | Los Angeles, CA

"Joe, like his belts, was a one-off original. True to himself and his vision of the world, he'll be sorely missed. "
Tom Barron | Little Rock, AR


I have many fond memories of your Dad, back in the 70's. I hope you and your family are well, and my condolences to you.

Take care,


Edgar Riddick III | Little Rock, AR

"Woody, Sorry for the slip. I am sure your Dad is having a good laugh.


Edgar Riddick III | Little Rock, AR

"Joe was always a good friend to me, and I'll never forget his wise counsel and support. Rest in peace, Joe."
Jenny Boshears | Little Rock, AR

"Woody I am so sorry for your loss we have been so busy with Jack I just became aware old friend.

Kenny White"

kenneth white | perryville, AR

"Joe was a special person to me. I worked with him in the 60s when he was working at the Benton Unit of the State Hospital. I was an undergraduate student thinking about becoming a psychologist. Joe took me on as a project. I learned an enormous amount about other people, psychology in general, abnormal psychology and psychological testing from Joe.

More importantly, I learned about life from Joe’s point of view about the world. He and I would drive home from work in my car and talk. Those talks were some of my best times in life. When we got to his house, I played with his boys, talk to Alice, and thought I might have kids like these one day. I learned to not take life so seriously and to enjoy it from Joe. He was one of the most influential people in my life.

William (Bill) Fulton | Little Rock, AR

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