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James E. Gauntt

James E. Gauntt, Jr., 74, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away on April 28, 2017. He was born on July 8, 1942, in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.E. and Elaine Warner Gauntt.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jan Owen Gauntt; daughter Wendy Gauntt of St. Louis, Missouri; brothers Allen (Sara) Gauntt of Paragould and Perry (Lisa Ferris) Gauntt of Little Rock; and sister-in-law Julie Cathcart of Pantego, Texas. His five nieces and nephews are Scott (Laurie) Gauntt, Tara Gauntt, Barry Gauntt, Becky (Doug) Garner, and James Cathcart.

Jim graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1960. He earned a BA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, an MBA and advanced work at the University of Chicago, and later a PhD from the University of Mississippi. He began his career in Chicago as a computer programmer at Western Electric, and then he moved to Standard Oil of Indiana as an Operations Research Analyst. Next, he earned a CPA and joined Arthur Young where he was a Computer Audit Manager. After his return to Little Rock in 1981, he taught accounting at UALR for eighteen years.

After retirement he enjoyed traveling, computers, reading, and spending time with family and close friends. He played bridge at the Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club, where he attained the rank of Silver Life Master.
His church home was Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, where he served as deacon. He found religious studies deeply engrossing; he also loved to play in the volleyball fellowship with his wife.

A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 5th, at 10:00 a.m., with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church or to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolence Book

"I will always miss you, Jim. I loved to play bridge with you."
Burla Sims | Little Rock, AR

"To quote a former classmate: Old classmates never die, they live on in our memories. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Annette Jackson Hawkins"
Annette J. Hawkins | Little Rock, AR

"Please know that I continue to be inspired by memories of Jim and that I wish you each the peace that passes all understanding."
Elaine Emanuel Whitaker |

Good person, good citizen, good employee.
I know of no one that would have bad words for him
I know many that would have kind words for him."

james lea | lubbock, TX

"Jim and I became friends at Raney High School in 1958. He joined my internet NerdPack group and was an active member for many years. He always added to the conversation in a serious, academic and witty manner.

Jim learned to play bridge late in life and he and I developed a Bridge Partnership on the internet as he was learning the game. I encouraged Jim to take lessons from one of the great teachers, Little Rock always seems to have. He did so, and quickly became an outstanding player with a true love for the game. I will miss him greatly. -Horace"

Horace Stracener | Fort Pierce, FL

"So sorry to hear of the passing of a classmate-especially since our class was 'special'!!!!"
Raynelle & Bill Haddox | Byram, , MS

"Jim was a classmate at LRCHS and will always be remembered as a "class act." My condolences to the family."
Herb Blount | Maumelle, AR

"Sorry for your loss. I did not know Jim, but I know Wendy very well, and feel he is still living on through all her new adventures and exploring, living the life she loves. Love to you Wendy and your Mom and all your family in this time of grief. "
Rachel and Makala Lappin | Alton, IL

"My condolences to all the Gauntt family."
Toni Pinkerton Sturdivant | Glendale, CA

"Dr. Gauntt was a wonderful advisor and mentor. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family.Bell "
Belinda Grigsby Harkey | Little Rock, AR

"My sympathy and condolences to the family during this time of loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

Bob Stanton | Little Rock, AR

"We are so sorry for your loss. Bill and Alice"
Bill Withers | Benton, AR

"Jan and family,
We are sincerely sorry for your loss. Our prayers and love are with each of you."

Jo Ann and Bob McQuade | Little Rock, AR

"We are sorry for your loss. We sure had great times playing volleyball."
Eugene Jones | Little Rock, AR

"We are very sorry for your loss. Jim was a great friend and neighbor. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. "
Allen & Iwona Klak | Little Rock, AR

"Our condolences go out to your family. Our street will not be the same without you."
Brian Minyard and Lynn Smith | Little Rock, AR

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