Royce Edward Outlaw, 76, of Crossett, passed away on May 10, 2018, at his home.
He graduated from Hermitage High School and married his sweetheart, Dorothy Rose Baker, in 1963. He worked for 20 years as a lab technician at Georgia Pacific in the particle board mill. After its closure, he worked for six years as a security officer.
In 1994, after suffering from a heart attack, Mr. Outlaw underwent a heart transplant. After much therapy, he recovered with a new lease on life and became the second longest transplant survivor in Arkansas and ranked in the top 10 percent worldwide.
Mr. Outlaw was a member of the South Main Baptist Church and former member and Sunday school teacher at Meridian Baptist Church. He loved to work in his garden, hunt, fish, and spend time with his grandchildren who called him “Papa” except for a sweet little one who affectionately called him “Pop-tart”.
He was born in Vick, Arkansas on March 16, 1942, to and was the son of the late Marvin and Martille Chandler Outlaw.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Martiel Outlaw, and parents, Marvin and Bill Outlaw; and his baby sister, Janice Marlow.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Outlaw, of Crossett; a son, Randall Outlaw and wife, Dana, of Crossett; a daughter, Shelley Gray and husband, Chris, of Waxahachie, Texas; a brother, Waylon Outlaw of Crossett; three sisters, Joyce Vickers and husband, Dan, of Hermitage, Ruth Huitt of Warren, and Mary Agnes Light of Russellville; nine grandchildren, Dylan, Matt, and Josh Outlaw, Lauren Stone, Hagen and Kirsten Thurman, Carrissa and Kristina Gray, and Raina Wilson; two great-grandchildren, Zayden Gray, and Chloie Wakeland; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Highway 52 W, Crossett.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Bro. Lyle Hern officiating, followed by an interment at Union Hill Cemetery in Ingalls.
Pallbearers are Royce Swaim, Ricky Williams, Hunter Vickers, Nick Miller, Bill Runyan, and Danny Jordan. Honorary pallbearers are David Riles, Herman White, Clay Vickers, Dan Vickers, and Joe Eubanks.
A special thank you to the Baptist Hospital Transplant Team, Dr. Steven Hutchins, and Dr. John Ransom; Hospice Homecare; Dr. Andy Gresham; and the transplant family Jerry and Karen Reed and their son, Scott Reed.
Donations may be made to:
PO Box 140800
Nashville, TN 37214
Bibles can be donated and distributed by Gideons International in honor of your loved one.
South Main Baptist Church
PO Box 430
Crossett AR 71635