Dr. Robert L. Prosser III, 73, of McGehee, passed away October 19, 2018 at the McGehee hospital.
Dr. Prosser was born January 11, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Robert L. Prosser, II and Bernice Prosser.
At the age of five, Prosser and his family moved to Dallas, Texas where he began his education. His family moved to Pocahontas when he was in the third grade where he attended St. Paul Catholic School through his junior year. In the summer of 1962, he moved to McGehee to live with his grandparents and attend McGehee High School. He graduated in 1963.
During his senior year of high school, he met his future wife, Mary Claudette Roberts. They were married on December 21, 1963 and lived happily together until her death in April 2012. Together they had five children, Paige, Robert, Paul, Joseph, and Michael, all graduates of McGehee High School. They also had six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
In the fall of 1963, Dr. Prosser enrolled at Arkansas A&M College. He attended college there for three years before being accepted into Medical School at UAMS. He graduated with honors from UAMS in 1970 and moved his family to Fort Worth, Texas to begin his residency at J. Peter Smith Hospital.
In 1972, Dr. Prosser moved his family back to McGehee to begin his career in family practice. He worked with Dr. Moss at his clinic for several years. In 1975, he opened McGehee Family Clinic with Dr. James Young as a partner. Together, they built a successful business.
Dr. Prosser has been a life-long servant to others. He served as a member of the Arkansas National Guard from 1970 until 1990. During this time he achieved the rank of Full Bird Colonel. He also served his local community in several positions including Deputy Coroner for Desha County, McGehee School Board member, and Chief of Staff for McGehee Hospital. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Dr. Prosser was recognized with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the McGehee Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet in February.
As important as all of these roles were, his greatest service was to his patients. He worked tirelessly to provide the best possible health care to all of the citizens of this community and has built relationships that will last a lifetime.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Claudette Roberts Prosser; sons, Robert D. Prosser and Joseph H. Prosser; and sisters, Betty Smith and Pat Prosser.
Survivors include sons, Paul Prosser and his wife Stacy and Michael Patton Prosser all of McGehee; daughter, Paige Cashion and her husband Mark of McGehee; sister, Ginger Brooks of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Megan, Lauren, Peyton, Mary Catherine, Madeline and Madyson; and great-grandson, Elliott.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 21 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in McGehee. Burial will follow at McGehee Cemetery.