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John "Jack" Rison Fordyce IV

John "Jack" Rison Fordyce IV

John Rison Fordyce, IV (Jack) was born April 18, 1958 in Little Rock, AR where he attended Anthony School, Pulaski Heights Elementary, Henderson Junior High, Morris School at Searcy, Webb at Bell Buckle, TN, graduating from Parkview High in Little Rock. He attended Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden.

Early on he expressed an interest in music and electronics helping friends install stereo equipment in homes and cars. His first real job was with Arkansas Car Stereos; he learned how to install high tech security equipment, subsequently working for companies such as Concert Productions, Inc. (CPX), and Jimmy Rogers Honeycomb Family Theater in Branson, MO.

Jack rose high in his profession as a sound technician installing and managing sound and lighting systems for large concert and small private venues in Arkansas, Louisiana, and all over the country. For over eight years he was in charge of systems for the Entertainment Center at the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe Paragon Casino Resort. He enjoyed meeting the many musicians who went there.

He returned to Hot Springs then Little Rock where he was ill for the past 10 years. He courageously fought hard to live and work to support himself and his son, J.R., in spite of great pain.

Many will remember some of his favorite things were music, dogs, Harley Davidson motor cycles, cars, box turtles, concert T shirts, milk, spinach, chicken noodle soup, pumpkin pie, fig newton cookies, and Sprite. He loved and used his cell phone and computers well for business and pleasure. Jack had an acute sense of hearing he perfected to use in his music world. He was a fun loving fellow with a great sense of humor attracting innumerable friends from everywhere. We will all miss him terribly. His family and friends loved him dearly and are glad he is no longer suffering and is at peace in the hands of our God.

He is survived by his son John Rison (J. R. ) Fordyce, V of Little Rock; his mother, Patricia C. Fordyce of Austin, TX; his father, John R Fordyce, III (Linda) of Little Rock; his brother William C. Fordyce (Karen) and daughters Carly and Emily all of Austin, TX; sister Elizabeth Fordyce Whitmire (Greg), her sons David Reunard of Little Rock and Kenneth Reunard (Lauren) and son Oliver of Baton Rouge, LA; stepsisters Diane G. Newcomb, daughter Shannon and son Matthew of Eureka Spring, AR; Mindy G. Gipson (Thom), son Garrett and daughter Brooke of Richmond, VA; Leslie G. Cunha (Gabe) of NY City; step niece Lainey Garrett of Greenbriar , AR. Also, survivors are his aunts Lillian F. Blackwell of Bandera, TX, her daughters Charla G. Kroll (Steve) of Sterling, MA, and Harriett B. Barham (Derek), son Ryan and daughter Amber of Cander, NY; Mary F. Allsopp (William Chapple) of Little Rock and their daughter Mary H. Allsopp of Chicago; cousins Kathy F. Brown (Chuck) and daughter Brittany B. Adams (Conner), son Norwood “Ross” Fordyce all of San Antonio; Cynthia F. DePriest (Ray) of Maumelle, AR; cousins William John Cathcart (Lynn) of Raleigh, NC; Donald Scott Cathcart (Jennifer) and daughters Lowery Ann and Peyton Scott and cousin Judith Lynn Cathcart all of Atlanta, GA.
Preceded in death were his sister Patricia Anne Fordyce, step brother Dean A. Garrett, Jr; uncles Ross L. Fordyce, William J. Cathcart; cousins William C. Allsopp, Gale and Dee Garrett; grandparents Dr. Don F. Cathcart and wife Clyde Newton Cathcart , John R. Fordyce, Jr. and wife Downs L. Fordyce

Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at First United Methodist Church of Little Rock, 8th and Center Streets, with a reception and visitation following.

Memorials may be made to The Firehouse Hostel and Museum, 1201 Commerce St, Little Rock, AR 72202.

Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home.

Condolence Book

"I am so sorry for your loss. Jack was not a close friend, but an acquaintance & someone I considered a friend. He has had a hard go of it the past couple of years, as have I, which brought us closer. I feel he has fought the fight, and is now where he can have some peace. God be with him and his family during this time."
forrest h green | little rock, AR

"Our children as well as Cindy and Ray DePriest send their condolences, too.
Our thoughts and prayers are with JR, Patsy, John, Linda, William, Elizabeth and their sweet families during this difficult time.

Kathy and Chuck Brown | San Antonio, TX

"We are so very sorry for your loss. He was a good man and lived life to the fullest. He fought a hard fight and now in the hands of the lord he shall no longer suffer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family and praying for you all."
Dana and Steve Binz | Little Rock , AR

"To my family: Please know that I am there in heart and spirit with you. We will all miss Jack. I wish I could be with you all. Love and hugs.

Fay Bareham | Candor , NY

"Jack and I were friends since high school. He was a great friend and man. I had the greatest summer of 1979 with him. All of his friends and family will miss him dearly."
Kathy (Lyons) Brower | Lakeland, TN

"I knew Jack for 35 years, but worked professionaly with him only about 4 months. He was great at sound. We all miss his talent. But I miss his laughter more "
Stephen C Spies | Little Rock, AR

"Our love and prayers to the whole family. May you all feel the Presence of dear Jack with you your whole lives."
Dayna, James, Ava, and Ramon Isensee | Austin, TX

"Jack and I reconnected on FB recently. I had no idea he was ill and am so sad to hear of his passing. "
Jenny | Batesville, AR

"I have liked you from the day I met you Jack with your crazy here and your great personality. As long as we were talking music we never grew silent. You did a great job raising your son and I know he will do you proud. I will miss seeing you at the reunion's . Rest in peace my friend until I see you again ."
Kim Garrett | Little Rock, AR

"He will be missed prayers for the family and friends GOD bless"
Michael norris sr. | Heber springs, AR

"God bless you Jack, I love you, man. Right now cats are spinning on the smooth floors of the foyer in Heaven."
Greg McMahon | Sherwood, AR

"You will be greatly missed. We will all keep an eye on JR for you. "
Leslie Garrett | New York , NE

"Going to miss Jack. I can honestly say that he was one of the bust humored people I have ever known. Always smiling is how I'll remember him. "
Robert Finne | Heber Springs, AR

"Jack was a kind man with a gentle spirit. He will be missed by many. I'm glad he's at peace and out of pain. My thoughts and prayers are with his great big family and his son, JR."
Bev Moore | Little Rock, AR

"My sincere condolences on the loss of your father, son, and brother. I was one of Jack's teachers when he attended Morris School in Searcy in the 1970's. God rest his soul. Br.Rock"
Brother Rock Larsen | Covington, KY

"I am so sorry for the loss of Jack. His love of music and sense of humor will be missed. He is now with God and no longer in pain. My prayers for his large family. May he Rest In Peace."
Janis McDermott | Little Rock, AR

"John and Linda, We are thinking about you and what you have and are going through and we are praying that God gives you extra strength and blesses you.
Bill & Barbara Harris.SF"

Bill & Barbara Harris | Little Rock, AR

"John and Linda,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult and challenging time. Losing anyone in the family is something none of us wants to face; however, losing a child is especially heart breaking.

I pray that God will bless you with His strength and grace. May it be of some comfort to know that Jack is at peace and awaiting a joyful reunion with you all in God's own time. "

Clay Bolton | Little Rock, Arkansas

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